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A Roadmap for the Student of Knowledge

  Shaykh Muḥammad Ghālib al-ʿUmarī

On Saturday 2018.06.30, the Salafī community in Toronto had the pleasure of conducting their first lecture link with Shaykh Muḥammad Ghālib al-ʿUmarī (Dubai, UAE). The lecture, translated by Ustādh Abū Idrīs (Birmingham, England), laid out a roadmap for the potential student of knowledge; the traits that exemplify the upright moral character that is requisite of such a noble pursuit. 

Any Fool Can Narrate but Only a Shepherd Guides a Flock

  Abū Khadījah ʿAbd al-Wāḥid

In a time where the speakers have become many and the knowledgeable few, our noble brother Abū Khadījah gives an extremely important reminder regarding the importance of preserving one’s tongue from attacking the honour of his brother, and the honour of the scholars and the people of knowledge.

Benefit: Advice to Young Students Going Overseas - It Can Make or Break You!!

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

 In the farewell admonition form the seminar: Be in this World as a Stranger, Abū Idrīs addresses the following question:

[Q]: What is your advice regarding young students who are studying overseas or will go to study, considering that ṭalib al-ʿilm (seeking knowledge) is something that seems to either make or break a person. So, either these students go over to study and are with the people of Sunnah and are united or sometimes, they are with the people who oppose the Sunnah. Due to the fact that you were in al-Madīnah for a number of years, what can you advise?

Abū Idrīs reflects on his time studying overseas, how so many students went over, sometimes with good intentions but then something happened, such that these students connected with the wrong people (at the onset), those who appeared to them to be upon the truth but instead (slowly and subtly) turned them against the Salafis, then later on they go to war against their teachers and communities. He discusses the patterns of this calamity and how a young student can be safe from this. Abū IdrIs hammers home to importance of being with the scholars, their students and the upright students from the West (those well known and recommended by the scholars). He continues by discussing the fitnah that some students endure when they finish the Arabic programme at the university, that once they comprehend some Arabic, they become cocky, over-confident, independent, focusing less and less on the scholars. Then they turn their attention back home, they observe the people and see them beneath their feet, that no one is more knowledgeable than them! That the students of knowledge (in the West) are no better than them! In fact they may be better than them! Self-amazement and deception. Then the method becomes to acquire as much certification as possible (valuing this over actual tazkiyāt by sitting with the scholars and working under their directive). An important advice for both young students studying or intending to study, and likewise for communities to understand what can happen to their young students overseas.


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Benefit: Knowledge Without Actions and Actions Without Knowledge

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Shaykh Ubayd ibn ʿAbdillāh al-Jābirī: "When the knowledge one possesses is contrary to his actions, then the knowledge is a proof against the servant, and such a person resembles those whose Allāh’s anger is upon, the Jews. They were called, “those whose Allāh’s anger is upon” because they did not act upon the knowledge which they possessed."

Likewise, when actions are without knowledge, ignorance and confusion enters the worship; such a person resembles the Christians because they (i.e. the Christians) worship Allāh upon ignorance and misguidance.1

Source: Itḥāf al-ʿUqūl pg. 11.
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī

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1) Sufyān ibn ʿUyaynah said: "It used to be said: whoever is corrupt amongst our scholars has a resemblance of the Jews, and whoever is corrupt from our worshippers has a resemblance of the Christians" (Majmūʿ al-Fatāwa of ibn Taymiyyāh 1/197).

Benefit: Manners of Students of Ḥadīth

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Al-Khateeb al-Baghdādee (d.463) said in his book, Al-Jāmiʿ' li-Akhlāq al-Rāwī wa Aadaab as-Saami' (1/78): Students of ḥadīth must be the most complete of the people in manners, the strongest of the creation in humbleness, the greatest of them in purity and implementation of the Dīn, and the least of them in wrecklessness and anger, due to the constant listening they do of reports containing details of the finest characteristics of the Messenger of Allāh (ṣallallāhu alayhe wa-sallam) and his manners, and the historical reports of the select Salaf from his household and companions, as well as the ways of the scholars of ḥadīth and the good legacies of those who have passed. They take the most beautiful and best of all that and leave the lowest and least desirable of it. Shaykh Rabīʿ ibn Hādī al-Madkhalī said, commenting on this beautiful statement: "This (statement) is to be memorized and implemented!" (1427/8/15).1
 
1) Translated by Mūsá Richardson

Benefit: Shaykh Ṣāliḥ al-Fawzān on the Methodology of Seeking Knowledge

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Do not speak without knowledge and do not seek knowledge from other than its doors. Do not take knowledge from other than its people; likewise, do not suffice yourself with reading books and then claiming to have become knowledgeable [by] memorising without understanding. Merely memorising is not sufficient! Indeed this is the way of the people of deviation; we ask Allāh for well-being. So it is upon our youth—may Allāh grant them understanding—that they give importance to this matter, that they sit with the people of knowledge, that they listen to them and take knowledge from them. Do not rely on your own understanding or your books and the likes of this, and [do not rely on] those who do not know [i.e. ignoramuses] so that they do not say:

إِنَّمَا يَخْشَى اللَّـهَ مِنْ عِبَادِهِ الْعُلَمَاءُ لَوۡ هَدَٮٰنَا ٱللَّهُ لَهَدَيۡنَـٰڪُمۡ‌ۖ
Had Allāh guided us, we would have guided you.


Shaykh Ṣāliḥ ibn Fawzān al-Fawzān

Source: al-Iʾjābāt al-Fāsilah ʿalā al-Shubuhāt al-Ḥāṣilah
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī

Benefit: The Various Types of Students of Knowledge

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Shaykh Muḥammad ibn Hādī al-Madkhalī (حفظه الله) said:

Therefore, the student of knowledge is of three [types]: the beginner, the intermediate and the advanced. As for the beginner, then he is the one who just begun seeking [knowledge] and [so,] he does not know the fundamentals. [As for] the intermediary [student], then he is the one who knows the fundamentals but he is deficient in knowing how to [use the evidences to] infer/deduce [i.e. to come to a verdict that something is ḥalāl or ḥarām or other than that]. [As for] the advanced [student], then he is the one who knows the fundamentals and he knows [fully] how to [use the evidences to] infer/deduce [i.e. to come to a verdict that something is ḥalāl or ḥarām or other than that].


Source: ما معنى طالب العلم المبتدئ والمتوسط والمنتهي
Translated by: Musa Shaleem Mohammed

O Seekers of Knowledge!

   

Words of wisdom from the Imāms of the Salaf concerning the strong encouragement to seek knowledge of Islām.

The Beautiful Character of the Upright Student of Knowledge

  Shaykh ʿAbdullāh ibn Ṣulfīq al-Ẓufayrī

A phone link from Toronto (2018/04/14) translated by Ustādh ʿAbdu-ilāh Laḥmāmī exemplifying the beautiful characteristics of the guided, upright young student of knowledge - his traits, his challenges, what safeguards him, and the bounty of his relationship with the scholars and the faḍl (excellence) this brings to his community. A timely advice in a time of phantom callers built upon the digital 'house of cards' that is social media. Nowadays, a person may create multiple click-bait pages or accounts that lure Ahl al-Sunnah towards attention seeking youngsters who wish to confuse and distort the truth. This lecture clarifies the correct path an upright student charts in his quest for beneficial knowledge. 

Who Are the Scholars?

  Shaykh Fuʿād al-ʿAmrī

A telelink (Sept. 2013) at Masjid al-Furqān (TROID) and Masjid Tawḥīd wa-al-Sunnah (USA) to a group of young Muslims, clarifying who the scholars are and what is the pathway to knowledge and guidance. 

RT @1MMeducation: Al-hamdu lillaah, as Sh.Rabee' predicted: The youth will return to their senses! Senior scholar, Sh. Saalih al-Fowzaan…

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