OBSTACLES IN THE PATH OF SEEKING KNOWLEDGE
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 Obstacles In The Path Of Seeking Knowledge
  • Book Author:
Abd al-Salam ibn Burjis
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OBSTACLES IN THE PATH OF SEEKING KNOWLEDGE

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By Shaykh ‘Abd al-Salam ibn Burjis ibn Nasir Al ‘Abd al-Karim

Content of OBSTACLES IN THE PATH OF SEEKING KNOWLEDGE

  • The Biography of ‘Abdus-Salam ibn Burjis Al ‘Abdul- Karim
  • Introduction  
  • The First Obstacle: Seeking Knowledge for Other Than
  • Allah the Exalted  
  • The Second Obstacle: Abandoning Actions  
  • The Third Obstacle: Relying Upon Books Rather Than Scholars  
  • The Fourth Obstacle: Taking Knowledge from Lesser People of Knowledge  
  • The Fifth Obstacle: Not Seeking Knowledge Gradually
  • The Sixth Obstacle: Conceitedness, Vanity and Arrogance
  • The Seventh Obstacle: Rushing to Produce Results  
  • The Eighth Obstacle: Low Aspirations  
  • The Ninth and Tenth Obstacles: Procrastination and Longing  
  • Pearls of wisdom from the scholars regarding knowledge and pursuing it
  • From the Characteristics of Teachers and Students by Ibn Sa’di
  • Purifying the intention:  
  • The path of knowledge:  
  • What the scholar should do for his students:  
  • Manners of the student:  
  • The general right of the scholar:  
  • The specific right of the scholar:  
  • Honoring the scholar:
  • Correcting the mistake of the teacher:
  • Correcting a mistake:
  • The statement of the scholar “Allah knows best” regarding whatever he does not know:  
  • The benefits of stopping when an individual doesn’t know:
  • Discussions with the students:
  • The blameworthy nature of partiality (at-ta ‘a uh):  
  • A warning against seeking knowledge for worldly reasons:  
  • Acting upon knowledge:
  • The method of teaching:
  • The students should reinforce what they have memorized:
  • The manners of study partners:  
  • The harms of remaining busy with the people:  
  • Remaining satisfied with little:  
  • Spreading knowledge:  
  • Softening hearts:  
  • From the benefits of harmony:  

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The Sixth Obstacle: Conceitedness, Vanity and Arrogance

Disobeying Allah the Exalted is an obstacle that inhibits attaining Islamic knowledge because knowledge is the light of Allah that is placed in the hearts of whomever He wills from His servants. And light and darkness cannot be combined in a heart. For this reason Ibn Mas’ud ( ) said:

“Truly I believe that a man forgets knowledge that he has learned due to sins that he committed.”49

And may Allah have mercy upon ash-Shafti who said [in his famous lines of poetry]:

“I complained to Wakz about my poor memory and he directed me to abandon sins. He informed me that knowledge is light; and the light of Allah is not given to someone who is disobedient.”

And certainly the ugliest of what the student of knowledge might be involved in from sins -even though all of them are ugly- is arrogance, cockiness and conceitedness which causes one person to have contempt towards another, feel like he is above yet another and strut when walking and speak theatrically whenever talking in addition to other than that from the characteristics of….

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