The Necessities of seeking Beneficial Knowledge

Ibn Abee al-‘Izz Al-Hanafee (rahimahullaah) wrote in his book “al-Ittibaa” [Second Edition, 1405 A.H.], page 88:

فَالْوَاجِب على من طلب الْعلم النافع أَن يحفظ كتاب الله ويتدبره وَكَذَلِكَ من السّنة مَا تيَسّر لَهُ ويطلع مِنْهَا ويتروى وَيَأْخُذ مَعَه من اللُّغَة والنحو مَا يصلح بِهِ كَلَامه ويستعين بِهِ على فهم الْكتاب وَالسّنة وَكَلَام السّلف الصَّالح فِي مَعَانِيهَا ثمَّ ينظر فِي كَلَام عَامَّة الْعلمَاء الصَّحَابَة ثمَّ من بعدهمْ مَا تيَسّر لَهُ من ذَلِك من غير تَخْصِيص فَمَا اجْتَمعُوا عَلَيْهِ لَا يتعداه وَمَا اخْتلفُوا فِيهِ نظر فِي أدلتهم بِغَيْر هوى وَلَا عصبية ثمَّ بعد ذَلِك {من يهد الله فَهُوَ المهتد وَمن يضلل فَلَنْ تَجِد لَهُ وليا مرشدا} الْكَهْف 17

“It is a must upon those who are pursuing beneficial knowledge, that they should memorize the Book of Allaah [first] and ponders over it. Similarly, he should memorize from the sunnah [the ahadeeth of the Prophet (peace be on him)], as much as he can, and reflect upon them.

Furthermore, he should learn Arabic and grammar to the extent that he can express himself correctly and understand the Qur’an and Sunnah well as also the writings of the Salaf.

After this, he should study the views of different scholars, starting with the Companions and then those who came after them, without making any discrimination between them. When they agree on a point, he should stick to it; but when they differ, he should study all the views with an open mind and examine their arguments.”

{ He whom Allah guides, is rightly guided; but he whom He sends astray, for him you will find no Wali (guiding friend) to lead him (to the right Path).} [Qur’an Surah al-Kahf (18), aayah 17]

[Source: “al-Ittibaa li Ibn Abee al-‘Izz” (Second Edition, 1405 A.H.), page 88]

Author: Islamic Treasure

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