THE SEVEN WAYS TO FIGHT LAZINESS, BOREDOM & WEAKNESS WHEN TRYING TO
STUDY By:Shaikh Ahmed Najmee (hafidhahullaah)
The Questioner says: “I’m weak in my reading the books of benefit
and when I begin to read some of the books of `ilm (knowledge) I
feel weakness and boredom; so what is your advice for me, and what
is the correct path in reading the books which contain beneficial
knowledge; benefit us (those seeking reward)?”
Firstly: It is a must for the one who seeks knowledge to purify
his intention for Allaah the Lord of the worlds, and make his
seeking the `ilm (knowledge) being only for the purpose and goal of
obtaining the pleasure of Allaah; and in order to know the truth, to
act by it, and to know falsehood so as to refrain from it.
Secondly: To act by that, which he has learned from knowledge within
in himself, and to try and teach what he has learned from knowledge
Thirdly: To safeguard what he has learned by memorizing it, and
reviewing the `ilm (knowledge) so it does not escape him.
Fourthly: To be steadfast in learning what he does not know, so to
add knowledge on top of knowledge.
Fifthly: To ask Allaah constantly to bestow & grant him with
beneficial knowledge and provisions that are vast, and actions that
are accepted; and the Prophet (SallAllaahu `Alaihi Was Salaam) would
say if he prayed the fajr prayer after he would make tasleem (salaam
to the right then the left) this du’aa:
” O Allaah, I ask you for knowledge which is beneficial and
sustenance which is good, and deeds which are acceptable.” (To be
said after making salaam for the fajr prayer)
Sixthly: If he was to
feel tired and weak when he is in front of knowledge and ready to
study, then he should ask Allaah to make for him will power and a
desire to gain knowledge and dedicate himself to it.
Seventhly: Its obligatory on the student of knowledge to refrain
from disobedience, for indeed disobedience kills the heart and
weakens the understanding and its narrated about Imaam Shaafi’ee he
said: “I complained to my teacher Wa’kee about my weak memory so he
directed me to leave of sin and then he said, `know!!!! That
knowledge is light; and the light of Allaah He does not give it to a
disobedient person.” And I say the proof for that is found in the
Book of Allaah when He Glorified be He Says,
O you who believe! If you obey and Fear Allaah, He will grant you
Furqaan a criterion, and will expiate for you your sins, and forgive
you, and Allaah is the Owner of Great Bounty.
O you who believe Fear Allaah, and believe too in His Messenger
(SallAllaahu `Alaihi Wa Sallam), he will give you a double portion
of His Mercy, and he will give you a light by which you shall walk
(straight), and he will forgive you. And Allaah is Oft-Forgiving,
So what is important is that the student of knowledge needs
consistent striving, striving against himself and against ones
passions and lower desires and its greed, and to tire himself out in
acquiring knowledge, and to hope that Allaah will enable him to
achieve that, and the success (tawfeeq) is from Allaah.
Soorah Al-Anfaal (8):29
Soorah Al Hadeed (57):28
Translated from the book Fataawa Jaaliyya pg. 111
COMMON ERRORS IN KNOWING WHO IS A SCHOLAR
By Sheikh ‘Ubayd ibn Abdillaah al-Jaabiree
Taken from an upcoming book “The hadeeth reported by the Companion ‘Irbaad ibn Saariyah” (May Allaah be pleased with him)
Sheikh Ubayd al-Jaabiree says:
“A scholar is the one who becomes known for knowledge, his feet become firmly established. He is the one whom the Muslims should study under and not leave for someone who is less than him except if there is a need to.
Ibn Mas’ud (may Allaah be pleased with him) said,
“The people will continue to be upon goodness so long as they take the knowledge from the companions of the Messenger, and from their elders but if they take the knowledge from the young ones they will be destroyed.”
Do you know who the young ones are?
They are the people of whims and desires . They are the ones who leave the Prophetic texts and hold onto their opinions, philosophy and beautiful speech until they deceive the people. They control and overcome them with the outcome being ignorance.
The scholars used to test the people of each place with their scholars. So in the past they used to say:
Test the people of Madinah with Malik ibn Anas and test the people of Sham with al-Auzaa’ee and test the people of –>Mosul with Mu’afah ibn Imran.with Laith ibn Sa’d and test the people of Koofah with Sufyaan and test the people of <!– D(["mb","
What they mean by this is that the people in these areas are asked about their scholars. If they spoke well of them and respected them they would be brought closer and respected. If they spoke ill of these scholars and insulted them then the scholars kept them away from themselves by splitting off from them. This shows that the scholars are a blessing for this Islamic nation, they educate the people and teach them from the Qur’an and the Sunnah, the religion of Allaah upon the understanding of the Pious Predecessors. By them the people are strengthened, the scales are measured in full and people’s possessions are protected from innovations and newly invented matters.
If the Islamic nation does not have a need for its scholars and it puts the scholars behind itself then those people are considered to be evil. Salute them for indeed the devils from the\n jinns and people will overcome them.
Oh Muslims, do not be like those who have no need of the scholars. Those scholars who are known to the general and specific ones like the Imam Sheikh Abdulaziz Bin Baz (rahimahullaah- may Allaah have mercy on him), and like the Imam Sheikh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaimeen (rahimahullaah- may Allaah have mercy on him), and like the Imam Sheikh al-Albaani (rahimahullaah- may Allaah have mercy on him), and their brothers who are upon the truth after them in our judgment and Allaah is their reckoner.
At the head of them, the Muftee of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Sheikh Abdulaziz ibn Abdillaah al-Sheikh,
and the honourable Sheikh Salih al-Luhaydan,
and the honourable Sheikh Saalih al-Fawzaan,
and the honourable Sheikh Abdullaah ibn al-Ghudayan,
and their brothers who are with them upon the Sunnah. We do not praise them above Allaah’s praise and Allaah is their reckoner.
Oh Muslims, be careful that opinions overcome you and you are confused by dazzling speech for this is the beginning of misguidance and destruction.
May Allaah protect us and you in our religion in this life and the hereafter… ”
The Prophet, salallaahu ‘alaihi wassallaam, said:
“…Upon you is to follow My Sunnah(way) and the Sunnah of the Rightly Guided Caliphs…”
As salaamu ‘alaykum
InshaAllah, this blog will be used to post authentic articles from the people of knowledge (ahlul-‘ilm), those whom Allah has said about them in the Qur’aan:
Allâh bears witness that Lâ ilâha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He), and the angels, and those having knowledge (also give this witness); (He is always) maintaining His creation in Justice. Lâ ilâh illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He), the All-Mighty, the All-Wise. (Aali Imran 3:18)
Allâh will exalt in degree those of you who believe, and those who have been granted knowledge. And Allâh is Well-Acquainted with what you do. (Al-Mujadilah 58:11)
And the Messenger of Allah sallalahu ‘alayhe wasallam has said about them:
Abud-Dardaa (radyAllaahu ‘anhu) reported: “I heard the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) say: ‘Whoever treads a path due to which he seeks knowledge, Allaah will make him tread one of the paths towards Paradise. And the angels lower their wings out of contentment for the seeker of knowledge. And verily all those in the heavens and in the earth, even the fish in the depths of the sea ask forgiveness for the scholar. And verily, the virtue of the scholar over the worshipper is like the virtue of the moon on the night of Al-Badr over all of the stars. Indeed, the scholars are the inheritors of the prophets, for the prophets do not leave behind a dinar or a dirham for inheritance, but rather, they leave behind knowledge. So whoever takes hold of it, has acquired a large share (i.e. of inheritance).’”
Reported by Abu Dawood, At-Tirmidhee and Ibn Hibbaan, and this is the wording found in his collection, in abridged form. Al-Bukhaaree mentioned in his Saheeh Collection in his Book of Knowledge, Chapter: Knowledge precedes Speech and Action, the part from it: “The scholars are the inheritors of the Prophets.”
Abu Haatim Ibn Hibbaan, may Allaah be pleased with him, said: “There is a clear explanation in this hadeeth that the scholars, who possess the virtue we mentioned before, are the ones who teach the people the knowledge of the Prophet, apart from all of the other types of knowledge. Did you not see him say: ‘The scholars are the inheritors of the prophets?’ The prophets do not leave behind any inheritance except knowledge, and the knowledge of our Prophet r is his Sunnah. So whoever is deprived of learning it is not from the inheritors of the prophets.”
Al-Ihsaan bi-Taqreeb Saheeh Ibn Hibbaan: (1/295, under no. 88)
And there are many more ayaat and ahaadeeth praising the people of knowledge. And Allah knows Best.