Seeking Knowledge to Become a Scholar – Shaykh Abdullaah al-Bukhaaree
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
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