learn_2.jpgI just finished reading a 3 book set on knowledge that has been translated. The series contains,

  1. The Book of Knowledge – Abu Khaythama an-Nasa’ee (d. 234AH)
  2. Knowledge Mandates Action – Khateeb al-Baghdadi (d. 436AH)
  3. The Superiority of the Knowledge of the Predecessors – Ibn Rajab (d. 795AH)

The books are light reading and contain many narrations regarding seeking knowledge. I thought it would be beneficial to post a few select narrations from each book that I felt really stood out from the general narrations we usually hear in regards to this topic.

I do recommend getting the books, they are nice to have and serve as a good reminder before getting ready to take a class or Islamic course. The books contain a lot of notes regarding the sources of the quotes and their authenticity so you can get that information there. In this post, I will simply be putting the quote along with who said it. I will start things off with my favorite quote out of the whole set:

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Ali (ra),

Shall I not inform you of the true faqeeh? He is the one who doesn’t cause the people to despair from the mercy of Allah, nor does he allow an individual to commit disobedience to Allah, nor does he leave off the Quran, turning towards something other than it. Indeed, there is no good in any act of worship that has no knowledge in it, nor is there any good in knowledge that does not have understanding in it, nor is there any good in recitation of the Qur’an that has no tadabbur (reflection) to go along with it.

Ibn Mas’ood (ra),

Learn, for indeed none of you knows when he will be needed by the people.

‘Ataa bin Yasaar,

Nothing is placed into another thing more beautiful than when gentleness is placed into knowledge.

Al-Hasan,

The best types of knowledge are wara’ (piety) and tafakkur (reflection).

Ali (ra), after passing by a story-teller asked him,

Do you know that which abrogates from that which is abrogated? The man replied no, so Ali said, “You are ruined and ruining others.”

Ibn Mas’ood (ra),

Indeed, you will never cease to be upon good so long as the knowledge remains with the elders. For when the knowledge is with the youth, the one who is older in age will refuse to learn from the youth (out of pride).

Abu Dardaa (ra),

Verily, you will never be a scholar until you first become a seeker of knowledge, and you will never be a seeker of knowledge until you first act upon what you know.

Sahl bin Abdullah,

Knowledge is one of the pleasures of the worldly life, but when one acts on it, then it becomes for the Hereafter.

Yusuf b. Al-Husayn,

With good manners, you will understand knowledge. With knowledge, you will correct your actions. With actions, you will attain wisdom. With wisdom, you will comprehend zuhd and be granted it. With zuhd, you will abandon the worldly life. With abandonment of the worldly life, you will long for the Hereafter. And with longing for the Hereafter, you will acheive Allah’s Contentment.

Abul-Qasim al-Junayd,

When you desire to be honored by knowledge and to be ascribed to it, and its people before giving knowledge the right it has on you (from action), its light becomes veiled from you and all that remains upon you is its mark and appearance. That knowledge is against you and not for you. This is since knowledge directs to implementing it. So if knowledge is not implemented in its due stages, its blessings depart.

Al-Hasan al-Basree,

The main concern of the scholars is guiding (ri’aayah), while the main concern of the foolish is narrating (riwaayah).

Suree b. Al-Mughlis As-Saqatee,

Every time you increase in knowledge, the proof against you becomes even stronger.

Ibn Uyaynah,

If knowledge doesn’t benefit you, it harms you.

Ash-Sha’bee,

Verily, we are not Fuqahaa. We merely listen to the Hadith and then narrate to others. Rather, the Fuqahaa are those who when they know something, act upon it.

Al-Awza’ee,

When Allah desires evil for a people, He opens the door of argumentation for them and prevents them from doing good deeds.

Umar ibn Abdul-Aziz,

When you hear quarreling, then hold back.

And he also said,

Whoever makes his religion a pretext for debates increases his burden.

Abu Haneefah – when asked who was better between ‘Alqamah and Aswad,

By Allah, we are not qualified to even mention their names, so how can we choose between them?

Al-Awza’ee,

I have been informed that it used to be said: Woe to those who acquire (religious) knowledge for other than the sake of worship and to those who permit the unlawful due to doubtful arguments.

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