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. 
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Points of benefit from the lecture

  • From the great blessings of a youth is that he is guided to an upright scholar
  • The righteous guided student will adopt the manners of his noble teacher
  • Take knowledge form those who are deserving of being benefited from
  • The young man should travel and seek knowledge, returning to his community to aid them
  • He should follow them (the scholars), imitating them so that he may have thabāt (firmness)
  • He will have istiqāmah (and likewise his community) if he learns, benefits and then cultivates upon it
  • Observe caution when seeking knowledge, be sure that you know who you are benefitting from, have precision
  • The young student should be very careful to take his knowledge from the firmly grounded (scholars and students, past and present)
  • A student may be destroyed through partisanship, turning away from the major scholars
  • A student may fall into misguidance due to being amazed with himself (thinking he is magnificent and deserving of status and following)
  • The humble student (and caller) is the one who does not wish status, shunning the spotlight and the credit
  • Most of the people are fumbling around, confused, jumping from one partisan (strategic) allegiance to another
  • Align yourself with the upright scholars

We ask Allāh to protect us from trials and tribulations.

Published: April 15, 2018
Edited: September 5, 2022


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