Should I seek knowledge so I can become a Scholar?
Shaykh Abdullah Bukhari responds
The questioner says: What is your view on the person who says, “I’m seeking knowledge so I can become a Scholar?
Shaykh Abdullah Bukhari:
There is no might or power except with Allah. This statement is not permissible, and it is a contemptible statement. Rather it is obligatory upon the slave to seek knowledge so he can meet Allah the Exalted while He is pleased with him.
And as Ibn Al Qayyim may Allah have mercy upon him said: The scholars are of two categories. And he mentioned the evil scholars who call the people to paradise with their statements and call them to the hell-fire with their actions. Every time their words say to the people ‘rush forward’, their actions say ‘don’t do it’. Thus seemingly they are humble while in reality they are highway robbers.
Thus it is obligatory for the person to purify this great act of worship for Allah the Exalted. And it is not permissible for him to say the likes of this statement. He should only seek knowledge to raise ignorance off himself and to know that which is incumbent upon him to learn.
قُلْ هَذِهِ سَبِيلِيَ أَدْعُو إِلَى اللَّهِ عَلَى بَصِيرَةٍ أَنَا وَمَنِ اتَّبَعَنِي
Say, “This is my way; I invite to Allah with sure knowledge; I and those who follow me.
(Soorah Yusuf 12:108)
It is incumbent upon the person to learn so he can work by his knowledge. And the person may never become a scholar; thus will he give up seeking knowledge? When will the person become a scholar? Does it take a day, or two days, or a year or two years, or a month or two months? He may sit his entire life and not become a scholar. Thus he will fail, and with Allah refuge is sought.
Translated by Rasheed ibn Estes Barbee
- The Intention Behind Seeking Knowledge
The above article is taken from Islaamic Magazine called “Ad-da’wah ilallaah: The Call to Allaah”, (Vol 1/Issue 3)
- Seeking Knowledge and Ones Intensions - by Shaikh Saleh ibn Abdul-Azeez Aal-Sheikh
- A Precious and Valuable Gem: The (Religious) Scholar Whose Deeds are Inconsistent with his Knowledge - Imam Ibn al Qayyim
- Virtues of Knowledge which is Learnt and Taught for the sake of Allah - Riyaad as saliheen
The Noble Scholar, Muhammad al-‘Uthaymeen, may Allah have mercy on him, said:
In this life, the description of a person’s actions is based upon what is apparent, so we interact with people based upon what is apparent from their conditions.
However, in order for a person’s actions to be sound, his inner actions must match these outward actions. Also, what is apparent from him must coincide with that which is hidden in him.
If a person’s actions are contradictory to his intentions, and his heart becomes engrossed with corrupt aims -and we seek refuge with Allah from this- then there is no greater loss for him! He tires himself by doing deeds; yet, there is no reward for his effort.
The end result of these sorts of actions are clarified in an authentic hadeeth. The Messenger of Allah, may Allah exalt his mention and grant him safety, said: ‘Allah, the Most High, said: ‘I am not in need of any partners, whoever does an action for me and for other than me, I have abandoned him and his polytheism.’ [Collected by Muslim]
[A Subtle Point]
The devil (shaytaan) may come to you when you want to do a good deed and say, ‘You are only doing this good deed to show-off.’ As a result, he decreases your desire to do an action, and he discourages you.
Do not pay attention to this, and do not obey him; rather, perform deeds, even if he says to you: ‘You’re only performing this action to show-off or to gain a good reputation.’ Ignore him, because if someone were to ask you, ‘Are you performing this action to show-off?,’ you would surely say, ‘No!’
Therefore, these devilish whisperings that the devil entered into your heart, don’t pay attention to them. Do good deeds. And do not say to yourself, ‘I am showing-off’ and the like. (1)
[Benefits from Shaykh ‘Uthaymeen’s Speech] (2)
: Allah, the Most High, is not in need of any partners.
: The Messenger’s clear manner in warning against polytheism
: A lofty encouragement to work solely for Allah
: We assess and interact with people based on what is apparent.
: It is possible for the heart to become engrossed with corrupt intentions.
: Doing deeds for other than Allah is a waste of time and effort; furthermore, there is no reward for them.
: The devil is underhanded and diligent in misguiding us.
: Ignore devilish whisperings and perform as many good deeds as possible.
(1) Muhammad al-‘Uthaymeen, Explanation of Riyaadh al-Saaliheen, 1/15-16
(2) Summary by the translator
Abu Adam Jameel Finch
Umm al-Quraa University, College of Sharee’ah
Makkah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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