Seeking Knowledge From Students Of Knowledge

Question: There are some students of knowledge who are keen to attend lessons given by (other) students of knowledge without giving importance to attending the lessons of the scholars who have managed to gather (knowledge) that which the students of knowledge have not. So what is your guidance (in this matter), your excellency, and may Allaah protect and preserve you?

Response: That which I am of the opinion of is that it is befitting for a person to seek knowledge from a mature (fully-qualified) scholar. This is because some students of knowledge put themselves forward to teach, and they understand an issue from amongst (many) issues, either in (the field of) hadeeth, or fiqh or ‘aqeedah completely and revise it, so if an amateur student of knowledge was to hear him, he would assume that this student of knowledge is from amongst the major scholars. However, if he was to divert as little as a fingertip away from the topic which he has fully grasped and revised, then you will find he does not (really) have any knowledge.

So because of this, it is obligatory upon the amateur student of knowledge to seek knowledge at the hands of scholars who are known to be authoritative because of their knowledge, trustworthiness and (practicing their) religion.


[By: Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (rahimahullaah)|Kitaabul-‘Ilm – Page 104, Question No.5]

About Umm Abdulazeez

"I am a Muslim who is upon the Qur'aan and the Sunnah and upon the methodology of the Salaf As-Saalih (Pious Predecessors). And that can be said in short by saying, 'I am a Salafee' " [Shaykh Al-Albaanee رحمه الله] ________ Sufyaan Ath-Thawree (rahimahullaah) said: “Indeed knowledge should only be learned for the purpose of fearing Allaah. Indeed, knowledge has been given virtue over other than it because with it Allaah is feared.” [Jaam'i Bayaan al-'Ilm wa Fadlihi by Imaam Ibn Abdil-Barr (rahimahullaah)]
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