Whoever died and he was ignorant of al-‘ilm ash-Shar’ee, (Knowledge of the Islamic system) particularly essential knowledge, then he will be asked about it on the Day of Resurrection: “Why did you not learn?” “Why did you not ask?”
The knowledge seeker is distinguished by some traits, which include:
• His pursuit of goodness wherever it may exist;
• He loves goodness, strives for it and invites others to it.
• He is the one known for his wisdom in times of hardship, and for his forbearance and discernment, his understanding and judgment of matters in the light of the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Messenger
Whenever one writes the Name of Allah, the Exalted, he should follow it up with a description of exaltation, such as “Ta’ala” (the Exalted)
Whenever he writes the name of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم), he should write after it “as-Salatu was-Salamu ‘alayh” (prayers and peace be upon him)
If one comes across mention of a Companion – let alone the major ones – he should write “Radhi Allaahu ‘anhu” (may Allah be Pleased with him)
It is obligatory upon whoever is seeking beneficial knowledge that he memorizes the book of Allaah 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.
The Salaf are the inheritors of the Prophets and Messengers. They learned their knowledge directly from the spring of divine Messengership and the actualities of Eemaan.
The sanctuary of the scholar is “I don’t know”, and he destroys this [his sanctuary] by refusing to say it out of pride, and by answering instead “It was said … such-and-such”.