Coming towards the path of knowledge and the light of Allah
>> There is no greater person on this earth than the student of knowledge and the teacher of knowledge. The ones who have the most knowledge of this religion will surely be the kings in the hereafter.
>> Without knowledge, you are truly blind. You don’t know the right from the wrong. You don’t know if you are harming yourself or benefitting. Without it, you become the people who are cursed by Allah and his messenger because truly ignorance is a curse.
Ten stories of scholars:
10. Ibn al-Qayyim (rahimahullah) loved to study from Sheikh Al-Islam ibn Taimiyyah (rahimahullah) so much that when ibn Taimiyyah used to go to prison, ibn al-Qayyim used to beg the prison guards to put him in prison so that he could study with his teacher.
9. Imam An-Nawawi (rahimahullah) had no time to even get married. He used to study so much that they used to say every single day he had more than 12 classes in teaching. (Each was a few hours long.) And on top of that, he would go around the markets revising all the knowledge he had.
8. Imam Al-Shafi’ee (rahimahullah) said he memorized the Qur’an when he was 7 and memorized Al-Muwatta when he was 10 in 7 days.
7. Ibn Hajar (rahimahullah) was well known for reading. He read one of At-Tabarani’s book, which contained 1500 hadith, between Asr and Maghrib.
-> How many verses of the Qur’an can you read in that time?
6. Imam Bukhari (rahimahullah) learned from 1000 teachers. From each one, he wrote more than 10,000 ahadith.
-> How many teachers have you studied from?
5. One of the students of Abu Hurairah (radi Allahu anhu), Na’eem Al-Mujbir, sat with Abu Hurairah for over 20 years. (an example of long duration in studying)
4. Imam As-Saraksee had a 27 volume book. How and when did he write it? He was in prison at the bottom of a well (because he had given a ruling that went against the khalifah). When the tide would rise, the water would reach up to his neck. For ten years, he would put his head up and recite from memory his book, and the students would come to the top of the well and write it down.
3. Ibn Abbas (radi Allahu anhu) said, “I never gained this knowledge with a bed of roses but with hard learning.” He would go to the house of Ubayy ibn Ka’b when he was still asleep, waiting for him to come out for Fajr.
2. Abu Haatim ar-Raazi travelled on his feet seeking the knowledge of hadith 1000 farsakh. (one farsakh is how much a camel travels in half a day – 12 miles = he travelled 12,000 miles on feet)
1. AbdurRahman bin al Qaasim was the top student of Imam Malik (rahimahullah). Ad-Dhahabi reports that AlQaasim said, “Once I was with Imam Malik, and it was time for right after hajj and people had come over. When people were coming back from hajj to Madinah. There was a young, handsome boy and came to Imam Malik and said, ‘Is there a man named ibn Al-Qaasim?’ Imam Malik replied in the affirmative, and then the young boy grabbed ibn Al-Qaasim and said, ‘Oh my father, I am your son.’ Al-Qaasim continued, ‘When I wanted to come to study with Imam Malik 17 years ago, my wife was pregnant. I gave her three choices: either I divorce you and you are free from me; you come with me to Madinah but you will have to leave your family; you stay with your family, rear the child without me, but remain married to me.’ And she chose the third option.”
These stories are for you to be motivated. It doesn’t matter that your situation is difficult now, but knowledge will reward you.
Finally, we will end with a poem by Imam Al-Shafi’ee, seen right as you enter the college of hadith in Madinah University.
“My brother, you will never gain knowledge except by six things: I will explain to you in detail what these six things are: intelligence, and focus/dedication, and hard work, and money, and to be with a teacher, and long duration in seeking knowledge.”
These notes have been taken from a lecture given by Sheikh Tawfique Chowdhury at AlHuda Institute on October 31, 2008.
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