Channel: Isam Rajab
Special course by Yayasan Ta’lim & Arees University. Conducted by Dr Isam Rajab. METHODOLOGY IN SEEKING KNOWLEDGE (session 2)
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Sooner Alhamdulillah wa salatu salam ala rasulillah
salam alaikum barakato.
Can everyone hear me?
Okay, so this is the second session about the methodology of seeking knowledge. And before we continue, I'd like to remind myself and remind you of the main points of the first session. So can you remember what we mentioned about the conditions of seeking knowledge?
Any thoughts from the previous session?
for the right reasons, that's one of them, which is, what do we say in another word, to be for the right reason?
Yeah, that's what we took in o'clock, but it's related to knowledge as well.
Someone mentioned the intention, okay.
To be sincere, why you are seeking the knowledge. One of the first to be thrown in hellfire. One of the first people to be punished in hellfire.
The one who learned the knowledge a scholar, but because it wasn't for the right reasons, okay. And we mentioned what Imam Shafi himolla talked about of the conditions for the seeker of knowledge, six conditions. Today inshallah we are continuing with that, until this idea is settled, and then inshallah next week we will have the proper way, the practical way with certain books. How do you start? We want first to establish that seeking knowledge is very precious is valuable. As Allah azza wa jal says henly estery levina Ala Moana Latina ly alone are the equal the ones who know and the ones who know of course they are not. Allah so just says your Fila who Latina am an omen come levena
Oh to Lima Rajat, Allah who will elevate Allah who will raise those who believe and those have knowledge, the people have knowledge, they are not equal with the rest. And I could give you this simple example.
To find a precious stone.
something expensive. Would you
look at it at the surface or you have to dig deep to discover it and find it. That's the Sunnah of Allah subhanaw taala you want the pearls you have to dive, same thing you want the diamonds you have to dig. You want the knowledge you have to strive.
You have to strike that's the Sunnah of Allah subhanho wa Taala. There are many examples I gave you last time the example of jabber even Abdullah of the Allahumma when he traveled for one Hadith only.
Emmanuel Bukhari Rahim Allah, he went from era to Mecca to meet with Abdul Razak, Imam Hassan Ani, one of the scholars, he wanted to take the Hadith from him. He already narrated the Hadith from Abdirizak, but through a connection he wanted to narrate the Hadith directly from him. Why would I choose to hear from you through a connection when I can meet with you in person, but that their time that was not simple or easy. They didn't have cars, they didn't have planes. So he went to Makkah when he arrived Mecca, he was told that after a Zack is dead, he's originally from Yemen and reserved a madrasa is from Yemen. He has a big book, and masana in high def, he collected a lot of
ahaadeeth. So amendment Buhari rahimullah went back to Iraq. When he arrived, he was told that tabula rasa is not really that he's still alive. He went back again, when he arrived maccha the certain news game that he is, indeed that two times going to Mecca, just generate the Hadith.
So how much are we willing to sacrifice? How much are we willing to spend to seek the knowledge because if you are not willing, then knowledge will not give you anything, as some scholars said, you have to give all your time to knowledge. So it would give you something
It will give you something, unlike what we see nowadays, the leftover is for knowledge that will not take you anywhere, you will only get a little bit, what is the solution, some of you would say I have work, I don't have really time.
Eight hours, 10 hours every day, I don't have that time, but I want to seek the knowledge.
Try to choose the best time for knowledge. There are certain types of sciences,
that they require focus, they require thinking, you choose the best of times for this, you might be working from nine to five.
After that you're tired. So this doesn't work? What time can you give, you have Saturday and Sunday. This is a practical solution Saturday and Sunday, you keep that for those types of knowledge that will require focusing will require thinking, what about the time when you're tired, when you really cannot focus, keep that for the other types that don't require a lot of thinking like what like the Cirrus the biographies of the scholars. This is important, you need to read their biography, their history, their stories, that will encourage you to follow their path and seek the knowledge
and scholars they wrote many books. inshallah, next week, we will start giving you some of these books, because they are available but in Arabic, how good is that for you, you want them to be in English, or even in Mali, we will see inshallah, what is available. So try to keep that time for this type of knowledge. That doesn't require a lot of thinking. It's interesting because it stories. So you read that even when you're tired, you will still be able to get something, the main point is to be able to gain and move forward instead of going around. We have
what we call Sunday School for the Muslim kids in America. They go to public school, they don't have Islamic education. So what what we have for them is Sunday School, where on Sunday, they come to the masjid and they learn, but you look at them Subhanallah every Sunday for every year, they are almost getting the same thing. No moving forward. Nothing advanced. So they didn't really get much no specific curriculum that is taking them from Level A to level B to level C, and so on and so forth. They don't have that. It's just repetition. This is the case with many people. Maybe some of you also, you might say I have been coming several times for several classes, but I don't see myself
getting solid knowledge. The reason for that is because you didn't follow the proper methodology. Again, what is the proper methodology? You start with something small, something essential, but small. Remember, yesterday when we were talking about the main points of prayer, this is something we do every single day. But some of you started asking what if? What if? Keep that for now. Don't ask about it. Focus on the main principles. Many people, they try to take everything and they get nothing.
That's what scholars say.
You want to take some of the knowledge you have to take it in time, properly. gradual. This is very important. Allah says in Surah Talia Emraan we're lacking kuno Rob vanina McIntosh to Alamo. Nikita wabi Mackintosh Pedro soon kuno Rabbani, what's the meaning of Rabbani in Rabbani? As remember Bukhari Rahim Allah interpreted it he said, the scholar who teaches the small things, the minor things, the small issues before going to the larger issues that is from Danny
always start with something small, something essential. Yes, don't stay there but that's the proper beginning.
An example for that would be I don't know it is available in English but I don't know if you came across it. The Book of enamel now much more
and much more is very large book to give it to a beginner.
He will not understand it. And he will not be able to finish it even if you read the entire book.
The proper way is to start with the summary.
a textbook on the effect of remember safira harmala 20 pages
15 pages and that's it. Then after that you move to something else. Again, when you want to build a building, this is similar. You want to build the building, you don't start from the roof. You start from the foundation. This is what many people don't get. Unfortunately, they are in a hurry. They want to get everything, and they go nowhere. That's why they say in Arabic man fucka Del Sol he who lost the principles, man fucka, del Sol, hurry man was Sol, he is
the prize from breaching from getting the end.
Why from the beginning, he wasn't on the right direction. So the right direction. First thing, remember, you have after the conditions that we mentioned sincerity, having a teacher, a guide, which is very important spending some time. The first thing you need to take the proper method.
One essential point in taking the proper method is to start with small things first, with essential oils, then moving on to other issues. So when you have a text,
simple, just like the fifth, the basic fact that we have, don't keep asking questions that may or may not happen when it comes. So don't
try to memorize, try to master what you have, and then move on to the next level.
So following the right way, having a proper method, that's one of them. Second thing being patient.
Patience is a virtue that's in everything in knowledge. In particular, you need patience, why? Knowledge is not the same.
Teachers also are not the same. You have some teachers that you cannot understand from them, not because they are not knowledgeable. They just don't have the
skill of giving the information easily. And sometimes they do that on purpose. Sometimes, one of the scholars he wrote a book in random order, totally, he wrote the ahead, if not according to any order. So when they asked him, he said, because I want the searcher, instead of just typing in and going straight. I want him to struggle, because through that struggle, he will learn a lot. You didn't want this Hadith, you didn't want that. But you came across it so you benefited from it. Some people do that. For you. You came for something You have been listening half an hour, you didn't get it.
Usually, people say okay, I'm leaving. You have to wait. You have to be patient. Try again. And again, until you get it. Even great scholars, they were sometimes unable to find the solution.
Until they ask Allah subhanaw taala they wait for days until they find the solution. Even the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam himself. When some people ask him questions, sometimes he doesn't have the answer. He waits until the Y comes. So did he have all the answers? No. So don't expect to get everything quickly. Okay, Allah says in the Quran, while the ninja had rufina Lana, Deanna home su bolena. Those who struggle in our way, we will guide them, we will guide them. So you have to be patient. Don't complain. Complaining is very easy. withdrawing is very easy. No, you have to struggle. Okay, it doesn't count how many people start. What counts is how many people finish.
All competitors, they start from the same beginning. But who reaches the end? who arrives only the ones who struggle matters are judged by their end, not by the beginning. Remember that always. There is a famous story of one of the scholars. He was like that he was complaining
at the beginning of seeking knowledge. He couldn't find answers to what he was looking for. So he started seeking knowledge learning couldn't understand so he decided to leave. This is not for me seeking knowledge is not for me. Am I the way some people truly some people
because knowledge is not for everyone.
Allah Subhana Allah says in Surah Toba fellow Lana Farah min Cooley 30 min home bar if a group of people we need a group of people from every community to seek the knowledge fellow learner forum include the Forgotten home party fairly
well, even zero comma, okay, so you need a group of people, not everybody because it's not suitable for any
Every one and if everybody tried to seek knowledge, who will do other things as well, but you chose this way this path, you notice there are some difficulties you should know that you are on the right way. Not what many people will do this is difficult. So let's leave it No, when you find it difficult Actually, this is the beginning of reaching you are on the right way. So this scholar, he said, This is not for me, he left when he was leaving, he saw drops of water. When the when it rains,
there are drops coming on a small rock and these drops, they made a hole.
So he was shocked. He said, this water, as gentle as it is.
It affected the stone after time again, that's the key here. Not one drop, wonderful not do anything, not two drops one day, two days, no That won't do this happened over time.
So he said, this is a sign from Allah subhanaw taala knowledge is not as hard as rock.
And my mind is not as light as the water. So definitely I will benefit. So he went back and he became a well known scholar.
Again, remember that many types of knowledge they are difficult, but they are not as difficult as the rock. So don't despair, don't give up. Always remember that there is a way this struggle actually you will be rewarded for it. Otherwise everybody would be a scholar.
You want to get a
high school diploma. It's not as difficult as getting bachelor's degree. That's more difficult, why it is higher, not as difficult as masters not as why because the higher you go more requirements there will be. So the same thing with knowledge. Knowledge is not for everyone. Especially this knowledge, the knowledge of Allah Subhana Allah, Masha, Allah says, shall go to the lavake and so I have the I complain Tolkien that I am unable to memorize and we will come to that inshallah memorization also is important. Some people say, I can't memorize you have to memorize something at least.
So he complained to his sheep that he cannot memorize.
He told him to abandon since.
Why because knowledge is alight from Allah subhanaw taala and the light of Allah is not given to a sinner. The point is what you are on the path of the Messenger of Allah alayhi salatu wa sallam, you are on the path of the scholars.
The Prophet sallallahu Sallam said, messengers, they did not leave behind fortune
for people to inherit, but what do people inherit from messengers?
knowledge, so whoever took from it, he indeed took great thing.
He took a great thing. This is the knowledge.
important key in seeking knowledge. And it is an essential condition, to humble yourself to the knowledge
humbling yourself to the knowledge means you humble yourself to the one who has the knowledge.
The arrogant will never learn.
We will talk in a class inshallah about the correct understanding of arrogance, unlike what people think that the arrogant is the one who shows off. That's part of arrogance, there is another part which is very dangerous, projecting the truth. That's the dangerous part that many people don't pay attention to. So in knowledge, regardless of the person, if he or she has more knowledge, you have to humble yourself
to that knowledge.
In the Quran, Subhana Allah, we have two beautiful stories, to confirm that
about seeking knowledge from someone who has more knowledge. Someone that has more knowledge does not mean necessarily that he or she is better than you. Maybe Maybe you are better than him or her, but because they have more knowledge, you have to humble yourself to that.
To the knowledge, even at best of the Allahumma he used to wait for the defense habit for the long term. When our bass was the cousin of the prophet SAW Selim. He has better status
is the cousin of the messenger sallallahu Sallam the prophet SAW Selim prayed for him directly, as a lot to give him
alarm of appeal for Diwali Mata we, this is the daughter of the prophet SAW Selim Tobin our best, yet he would go to the Sabbath. Imagine nothing like in our time, we make announcements we ask people just please come. And we bring people from overseas, that their time they would go to the one who has the knowledge. So if they It was not coming out, he wouldn't knock on the door out of respect to the shape. Because they it was older than an address. Sometimes that's what an Ambassador animacy sometimes he would have to sleep
at the doorstep, waiting for the to come when it comes, he would be surprised. You have Nami or the cousin of the Messenger of Allah, why didn't you knock on the door? He says no, I didn't want to disturb you. He said, Why didn't you tell me call off I will come to you. They said no, you have the knowledge I should come to you.
So Pamela, this is the problem. Now our time, we try to seek knowledge the wrong way. And that's why we're not going anywhere. Why you have to take the right direction. Even if you drive a car, you go every direction, you drive 10 hours, it doesn't matter. It takes you two hours only but in the right direction. So even 10 hours or 20 hours as long as you're going the wrong direction, you will not arrive to your destination. This is our problem.
So learn to humble yourself to the knowledge. Not necessarily the person is better than you. He might be or might not, but you're humbling yourself to the knowledge. I learned that firsthand.
I was in Medina when I got the senate of the Quran memorized memorizing the entire or an my chef, his name is on the back of the Quran. From King fat complex, he is one of the committee members.
And my certificate my Senate was authenticated by domestic of the prophets Allah. What do I need more than that? That's what I thought. I went and I worked as an Imam. And I heard about another chef who has he does his sentence in the Quran with all the recitations. When I asked about his age, I found out he was one year younger than me. So I said, Why would I go to him? He's younger than me.
But then I said, let's go. I went to him. And I started reading and will lie he corrected me in Al Fatiha. Even in fact, at the beginning, I, I felt like he has no right to do that I have it as I don't need him. But then when I when I went back to myself, I said he's right. I benefited from him what he had is different than what my shehan so I recited the entire Quran again. And I could tell you I benefited a lot. Just imagine if I took pride and I didn't want to go, What? Or how much would I have lost?
My chef in Medina when I went to him. He said, I'm busy. I don't have time for you. I said, Please just give me time. Why I'm telling you this because I had to beg. Nowadays, you say I don't want you are the one who's losing. Now I'm the one who has the knowledge. He said I don't have time.
I came to him another time. He said, I don't have time. The only time I have is such prayer. Do you have a car? At that time I didn't have the car. I told him I will have a car. He said when you have a car come the only time I could give you go into the mystery to pray such prayer. You have a car we go together because they didn't have car. The car comes from work from King fat complex, taking him and bringing him back. He didn't have car he didn't need car. I said okay, I got a car hamdulillah I used to drive him every sub prayer. I am driving and I'm reading
until I got the jaza the center of the Quran. This is how I got it from my ship. So some people would say, why did you do that you didn't need to there are other ships through but maybe I wouldn't have gotten the Senate or other shares also they've been busy. The point is you have to humble yourself. If you don't struggle, you will not get the reward. Just because someone has knowledge again, maybe or maybe not he or she is better than you but you have to give respect for that knowledge. Allah says in the Quran, we're FOCA, clearly the admin
above everyone who has knowledge there is
one more knowledgeable.
Never ever say I am the most knowledgeable person.
That's the story that I'm telling you story of more Sally seller.
You read Soraka right. You read Soraka
For know, especially on Friday, what if Allah Mousavi Fatah? labora had the absolute madman behind this story Have you already? Do you know the story of masala salami the other? You don't know it you never read South Africa
the story of Musa alayhis salaam and the other
now how the story began the beginning of the story, which is not mentioned in the Quran. How did it begin? Do you know?
What made the story actually? What caused it to happen? Question
a man from the children of Israel as Musa alayhis salam who's the most knowledgeable person on earth?
What did masala Salim say? I am why most Ali Salam is a messenger of Allah. And Allah spoke to him directly. What else do you want?
So Allah wanted to teach masala Salaam a lesson. And consequently teaching every single one of us also, don't say something you don't know always refer and go back and say Allah, Allah Allah. Allah knows best. Allah blamed masa.
Did he know all my slaves? To say you are the most knowledgeable? There is one who has more knowledge? How was it? How did how did I set up Sam was a prophet. But who was better?
Moosa? no argument not even one single scholar says well, how there is better than Musa there is no argument. No, Sally, Sam is better than a father yet, and how there was more knowledgeable.
So musala salam had to learn from other
that's how the story began. It's very beautiful because the beginning of the story what if Allah masala Fatah who remember what Moosa told his servant
the young boy who became also a prophet you shall be known and Islam, La Habra. Whoa, I will not leave my place Hector Abu Ahmed Jamal behind until I reach the point of the two oceans, the two seas where they are gathered. This is a point did he wait for another call upon him to come and teach him or he went to learn from him? He went
while he was going there, Was it easy? Allah subhanaw taala paved the road with roses
califa Tao attina Radha Anna naka de Latina Musa Farina hada nasaga prepare the food for indeed We are tired of this traveling, this is the Messenger of Allah is tired. And nowadays we complain or the AC is not working. Or this is the notes are not clear. Stop complaining.
Try to enjoy the difficulty. Not that we do it on purpose. But if it happened in Hungary law, we used to complain a lot 20 years ago that we have five people, roommates and we but this is actually the joy of seeking knowledge without it. It happened to everyone you try to see how people prosper through that.
scholars say law you stop learning how to do some you will not learn the knowledge comfortably sitting on your chair having people coming to you if you are able to bring people hamdulillah that's fine, but this is not the right way maybe this is an exception.
Even the Messenger of Allah masala Salaam he had to travel. So when he traveled what happened
when he met with
Carla, hell at America, Allah tala money Mina Linda
masala Salam is better than I'll have them.
But Hubbard has more knowledge. So who is the teacher now and who is the student?
A lover is the teacher. He has more knowledge although the student is better than the teacher.
But because he is a student now he told him I am the messenger of Allah you have to teach me know how to be okay. May I follow you?
Look at the politeness. In the sentence of most Alison, May I follow you hell at tapioca, Allah and to Alemany perhaps you teach me?
See, although most allissa by nature scholar said because of his struggles with the children of Israel, he was a little bit rough, but still with knowledge. He had to humble himself and he
The Messenger of Allah Subhana Allah. So we we come to ourselves and we try to seek knowledge the wrong way we pretend that we are better. We're not in need of knowledge but let's try to get it anyways. So he told him help me Okay, Allah and to eliminate me madelinetosh de
what was the response in Atlanta Sofia, Maya sobre you won't be able to be patient to keep up with me.
Was Ali Salaam again asked Carla certegy duni insha Allah who sabella
inshallah you will find me patient while assay laka camera and I will love this obey you. This is the other important thing.
Many times you try to be challenging and we thought about that in a clock. Don't challenge the teacher. Ask a question the right way only when you don't know. Don't ask a question on you know, try to rebut. If you are certain that it is wrong, try to rebut in a clear,
Many times the teacher would stop teaching because he's upset for instance, one of the students asked a question the wrong way. So look at musala salon and how they rejected him. He told him you won't be able to keep up to be patient. He said inshallah you will find me patient and obedient as well.
Did he keep up? No, he didn't. But did he learn or didn't he learned? He learned? And even the Prophet sallallahu wasallam would say Rahim, Allah Moosa, may Allah show forgiveness to my brother Musa, had he been more patient, we would have learned more,
even more, why Allah has to give a louder, something more.
Another example also
in the Quran, to show us that the one who has the knowledge should be listened to should be respected, although maybe or maybe not, is a better
person, or even creature. And that's the other clear example in the Quran. The story of a hood
was when a man
the hoopoe, the bird, I don't know if you saw that bird, and Hood Hood, Allah I have to be mallam to help be.
I have more knowledge than you slay, who's better. A bird or a messenger of Allah
sallallahu alayhi salam, the one that was able to speak to animals, the one that subjected the jinn to his service,
the one that was a king, in addition to being a messenger, a bird comes and tells him I have more knowledge than what did Solomon Allah ceram do? Did he kill the Buddha? Did he tell him go away? You are just the bird, one soldier in my huge army? No, I have to tell him to hit me. He was telling him what to come in Serbia in Vienna in Ukraine. I came from Sabah from the city of Sabah with a certain news with confirmed news in new object to and we all know the story
of Solomon Ali Salaam with balconies. So therefore,
the one who has the knowledge should be respected. You have to humble yourself to the knowledge.
No arrogant will be able to learn the knowledge because if you feel like you're better, why would you even need that person
or need that knowledge. That's why a key point here is to humble yourself. Try to listen to what he said.
Another important point.
So now To summarize, we talked about the importance of starting gradually.
That's one point.
Start with small things before going to larger issues. main points, essential ones, something that you come across every single day. That's why scholars they want why they start with the book of purification first.
This is something you need for prayer.
You start with it and when you start with it, they start with will do not reversal
will do is for part of the body
because that's what you need every day. Mosel maybe won't need it until once a week or twice a week or three times a week. So we'll do is more frequent. So that's what they started with. gradual learning. Mama Buhari Rahim Allah mentioned
Rabbani Li, Mo Rabbani through scholar is the one who starts with small things before going to the larger ones. The second point
that I talked about
patient and going through the right way.
It's not going to happen over time. And unless you take the right way, the proper method, you won't be able to do it. And this point that I just finished now, which is humbling yourself to knowledge, which is very important, and the example is the story of
Musa alayhis salaam, with a lover and the story of Solomon, Elisa Lam with a loaded
now I come to another important point, which is practice,
practice, practice is important. We all know, practice makes perfect, but in knowledge in particular, because it is a sign of your sincerity, how
when you say I am learning the knowledge,
and there is a time to implement that, and you didn't implement it. So what good was it for you?
Knowledge is either
for you or against you.
time of practice came and you didn't practice, it will be against you.
So to know is good and important, but to implement what you know is more important.
Remember that knowledge by itself should be a means to pleasing Allah subhanaw taala.
It's not just
learning knowledge for the sake of knowledge.
I say this, because there are some examples of some students of knowledge. Unfortunately, they devote their time which is good for seeking knowledge, seeking knowledge, seeking knowledge, okay, what is the time of implementation?
What is the time of practice?
We talk about the virtues of praying during the night.
The ones who know the virtues more are the ones who are knowledgeable, but you look at them, they never pray, the MLA or the 100. So where is the practice?
Practice will help the knowledge to settle to remember it. That's another thing.
There is a difference between
the one who just learned theoretically, and the one who practices that.
in a worldly field,
like a dentist,
one has a clinic
practicing for 10 years. The other one is a professor at the University. He studied, he finished, he continued studying he got his master's, his PhD became professor and he thought
you had too thick and he wanted to go
to a dentist. Which one do you go to?
The practicing dentist that one has more knowledge is a professor.
You go to the one who has more knowledge or the one who has been practicing.
The one who is practicing.
See, same thing with knowledge. You want to help the knowledge settle, you have to practice it.
Actually, this happened. I know a case of a man.
His friend is a professor. And he had to go three times for a simple issue of a filling in his teeth. And he said normally it takes no longer than half an hour. No dentist practicing dentist would take more than half an hour but this man because he never practiced. He just thought it he knows exactly what to do. He never did it. It took him three appointments three times.
So the same thing with knowledge. You know that there is another version of that. But you never did it.
And that's why inertia hood. You keep doing it and you're not thinking what you're saying. That's one of the points of having different versions different to us.
To practice so they will always settle.
They will always settle.
There is a famous story of a memorable hanifa mala
was that his time the greatest demand
with knowledge, he didn't lack any knowledge. But when it came time of implementation,
time for going to perform hombre
he went there. And the young boy, this is a famous story documented in the books of biographies. I young boy from Africa, he told him
you want me to accompany you? To show you what to do? And you pay me one Durham one silver coin. He said, I don't need you.
I know everything.
He went to start
the camera. He entered the masjid.
in Makkah, the salutation of the message is what?
there is difference of opinions, but many scholars said it is tough. Usually when you entered the mystery blood Do you do the higher mystery? It's a prayer touriga. But
it is tough. So he started praying. And the young boy said, what an ignorant man. He doesn't know that he had invested in Mecca is the tower.
Then the kid kept following him. Now hanifa wanted to start. Where do we start with our?
Where do we start circumambulating. The Kaaba
from we're from the Blackstone. If you haven't seen it before, now hamdulillah we have signs we have lines we have. At that time they didn't. So he didn't know where to start.
He knows he teaches people that life starts from the Blackstone. But he didn't know where it is. So he kept looking for it. And the boy told him it's there. So he went there, he finished power. Now where to go?
Say where do you start from?
suffer when you suffer.
He needs to look for a sofa, he showed him a sofa, he started doing a sofa from a sofa to America and then going back that is one
then going from a sofa to Marwa and coming back and that is to
yes or no.
Now you say no who has been tomra or had
one from a software to miroir. Unlike tawaf, you have to come back to the same point.
Between the two mounts, one counts, one not going back and forth, and then it is one.
So he taught him that also, although avani for him, Allah knows. This is the point when you don't practice. So a key point here to help the knowledge settling is to practice.
To practice what you learn.
As they say, in Arabic hatoful a mobile amyl. java will have to have
knowledge calls upon application. If application did not respond, knowledge will live away will go away.
So this is a reminder, in our time, I give you a similar example also, to that of Mr. Barney for him Allah. Have you lost a relative or a dear person? Do you know someone that passed away? I don't know here. What's the process? Where is there
an administration or
a government body where people are washed the diseased or it's done through the community, how it is done? What is the process?
The community, so it's not supervised by the government or they don't do it directly.
Okay, so this is similar to what we do. In the West, we have funeral homes.
Have you been a part of washing a body?
Who else you have been? How many times
one time before that you knew how to watch the body or maybe you didn't know exactly, but when you
Did it now if it happened to someone else would it be easier or difficult?
easier? Why? Because you did it. You know what to do, but you didn't do it before. This is something related to someone who's there, you have to be gentle, you have to know where to start you have, you know, and you have been told that you might see some signs, but it is totally different when you see a dead person.
So that is the difference between knowing and practicing.
Therefore, it's always important to practice and therefore also stop asking and worrying about things that may or may not happen. Always be practical, try to focus on what will affect you. An example for that would be the chapters that we have in books are
about slavery in our time, this is something that is not practical, we don't have this, it is not there.
So it doesn't mean that we live the knowledge, but this part, we live it now because there are more parts are more important, more practical, more related to our time.
So that's what we do. So therefore, this is the point about implementation. Always, always ask yourself whenever you learn something, how can I implement that? When can I implement that? Always, this is a key in learning. The other point also, about learning about seeking knowledge is
you need to memorize.
Many people would say no, especially in our time, why do we need that? We have Google,
we have the internet, we have this and that? No, it is different.
You can have access to the knowledge is different than having the knowledge itself.
You have access to the knowledge, you're just like a machine. You're just like a book. But you have the knowledge within you are knowledgeable. That is the difference.
Nowadays, maybe you would say no, no, it's not needed. This was said also at the time of the companions of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam had been at bass or the Allahumma. I gave you the example when he used to go to seek knowledge from zaytoven Sabbath, and other older companions because of the love and habits of the Lamaze young. One of his friends from the unsub from the tribe have the answer. He told him, why are you wasting your time to him? It was considered a waste of time why you are wasting your time? Why do you seek knowledge? Do you think people need you? You're young, there are many companions of the Prophet SAW Selim older than you more knowledgeable than you
if people needed something, where will they go? To them?
But even I bet Ilan Omar did not listen to that he kept learning.
Later on what happened? Those all their companions, what happened to them?
That's the way GM to a different location out they totally, GM passed away. So now people needed who have been our best ergonomic. Later at one point, this friend passed by and saw the people gathered around the bass line. He said, This man was wiser than me. He had more wisdom.
It was too late. Same thing. Now.
You might say why would we need that we have the internet. We have Google, we have this. We have counsel, you seek the knowledge? First and foremost, It's for your own self, for your own welfare for your own good. Then after that, you help others as well. You don't know when it will be needed.
Now, I might be using this. What if
I had the virus there? What if I lost it? No. Charge. I need to give the class and I come to you. I tell you we are talking about knowledge. Do you know the importance of knowledge? Yeah, okay. Alhamdulillah. So let's leave.
Why I didn't memorize anything. I wrote everything and I depended on that. Always, always try to have your hard disk here.
Okay, because it happened. Some people they lost all the information you depending on books you're doing
Depending on this, it might be gone one day.
Amanda shaffir Allah says, me my knowledge is with me whenever or wherever I go, it's with me. It's not in a box.
It's not in a box.
If I am
at home, it is with me at home. If I am in the market, it's with me in the market. If I needed it there, it's there. It's not Wait, wait, let's go and read the book. No, it is there. Same thing one of the scholars have been hasm Rahim Allah also said the same. Why at the time of when hasm Rahim Allah they burnt his books. People came, they were upset with him. they disagreed with him. So they burnt all his books. He said, burn on all the books. If you burn them, you don't burn the knowledge. The knowledge is here. It's not there.
Okay, but for us, unfortunately, because we try to be relaxed, we try to take the easy way. We depend on devices on machines that one day, that's why oh, you have to have a backup. Backup, you have to have security for the security, you lost your password you why you do that anyways, you will form
if you lost your phone, what will happen to all the numbers.
You forgot the day when we used to memorize the numbers. They were there. Now it's not there anymore. Unfortunately, why you're dependent on on these things. We never trained ourselves, we forgot about that, that we can memorize, we have the ability we are actually memorizing. It's not an excuse, or I'm not good at memorizing, believe me, you're good. But in other things,
car models, form types, makeup, fashion styles, all that we memorize. But when it comes to solid knowledge, some things that are useful for us, that's when we don't, or we, we don't like or we say we cannot but we can are people different? Yes, they have different abilities, different skills. Some of them can memorize quickly, some of them, it takes them more time, but you can. So you have to memorize. Without memorization, you will not gain a lot of knowledge, you might get some limited knowledge, but you have to memorize. So in case something happened, you don't worry, it is here.
And Subhanallah even if it was here, but this is the rule of law, the color of Allah. But can you do one of the scholars in La Jolla, his name Isabella here, he was a narrator of the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu sallam. And he had books.
He wrote the a hadith that he took from the pious predecessors, from the messenger companions from the Messenger of Allah sallallahu sallam. So his books were burnt. Now he started telling from
his memory. And he started making mistakes, because he didn't memorize like what he wrote in the books, what he wrote was correct, was verified. But now the books are gone. That's why scholars said even law you don't accept this hadith. Why? They say after
the incident of burning his books, he became
having a lot of errors. So scholars stopped talking for taking from him. So this is an example of what could happen.
Imagine going to a speech and you prepared the speech very well you have it written. And then once you arrived, you're looking in that hamdulillah
Muhammad who has died, you know?
And then what do you do?
Okay, so this could happen. Train yourself. This goes back again to application one of the scholars halamish Rahim Allah, he didn't find a student to practice on him. He had his animal, mule
mule, he was teaching the mule after reciting talking, talks to the middle of telling him after hinta Did you get it?
Do you understand? And he became again you could find a lot of ways people are different. The point is what when you gain the knowledge and you are able to convey it to deliver it, people will benefit and you will be rewarded. So can Allah nowadays you find people famous known people go to them, listen to them and they are not the most noble
But they gave what they have
in terms of knowledge. They are students of knowledge. They are not scholars, they have some knowledge, but they're not scholars, but because they gave what they have Allah subhanaw taala blessed their knowledge and people started coming to them. While other scholars, maybe they have a lot of knowledge, but they are not giving it all, or most of it, they are giving just a little of it. That's why many people are not going there. So practice is important.
Trying to implement what you know, trying to memorize, memorize what you got, and then rehearse that. This takes us to another point, it is also important
and it could be essential but generally it is not
having the helpful partner,
partner, competitor, someone that you can try to challenge you can try to exchange, you want to memorize Quran, another person wants also to memorize the Quran, okay, you recite the page and I recite it again. And we see who has less errors. This could be helpful also. But I didn't mention it at the beginning because some people say I don't have any one. So let's not seek knowledge, no, you can still seek knowledge. If it was available, it is helpful. It is helpful if it is not available hamdulillah
but the helpful partner is a good and blessing from Allah subhanaw taala for seeking knowledge. So, remember the memorization
sometimes only few texts, small short texts, but the beginning will be the Quran we will talk about that inshallah. next session, the beginning has to be the Quran, because it is the essence, all the prophethood of Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam it is in the Quran. That is the greatest miracle after the Quran, you go around
in our time, unfortunately we try doing everything listening to lectures, conferences, nice talks, but we are leaving the core the essence which is the Quran, reading books here and there notes at the time of the prophet SAW Selim and the companions, how many books did they have
to use only the book of Allah, but they had solid knowledge, why they went back to the source, which is the Quran, so go back to the source inshallah, we will talk about that later.
When it comes to the
practical steps 123 the books this will be inshallah, next session. So never ever underestimate the memorization. It is important, even
the prophets I seldom said your own karma calm. This is simple example in prayer. who leads the prayer?
Who becomes the man?
The one who has better voice? Or the one who looks better? The one who memorizes more? Okay? Don't say I have the Quran on my PDA on my computer on my it is there, you have to memorize it.
So ask yourself, what do you memorize? because believe me, we memorize a lot, we can memorize a lot. But in our time, we have a lot of distractions. we memorize the features of the specs of this device of that machine, and we left things that are essential. So these are key points that will help you inshallah, and from next week we will start the practical steps. What are the books, what types of knowledge? How do we start? And how can we do that and we started in Sharla. From here, we had Mila so I will stop here yusaku la Hara salatu salam ala Muhammad Ah, savage mine. Any questions? We have time for questions.
anybody has any questions?
Have a practical question.
Since I'm a convert, I have difficulties with all the Arabic expressions. Okay. I don't know what they mean sometimes where can
you get an explanation or definition or
because the same word is in 10 different writing spellings.
The easy way for you Now, whenever you hear a term to ask immediately about it. Because there are certain terms that are used frequently and even non Arab speakers but because they have been
For a while they understand it. Okay, term a bad worship, but no need to translate it. Why? Because it has been repeated a lot. So they know any other terms, sisters, many of them they don't speak Arabic but they know
our that's something we used yesterday also the hour it's not the genitals it's something that you cannot show
during prayer or generally speaking
like a glossary or like, you might find Yes, there is a dictionary for
But maybe not all of them are they're
usually usually at the beginning or at the end of every book, talking about Islamic sciences. You find an index at the beginning they give you the translation sometimes even in the Quran.
At the back of the Quran, sometimes you have this
index of terms and their translation
and other questions.
Okay, does that go along