Thursday, July 3, 2008

The Seven Ways To Fight Lazines, Boredom & Weakness When Trying To Study

Shaikh Ahmed Najmee (hafidhahullaah)

The Questioner says: "I'm weak in my reading the books of benefit and when I begin to read some of the books of `ilm (knowledge) I feel weakness and boredom; so what is your advice for me, and what is the correct path in reading the books which contain beneficial knowledge; benefit us (those seeking reward)?" Firstly: It is a must for the o­ne who seeks knowledge to purify his intention for Allaah the Lord of the worlds, and make his seeking the `ilm (knowledge) being o­nly for the purpose and goal of obtaining the pleasure of Allaah; and in order to know the truth, to act by it, and to know falsehood so as to refrain from it.

Secondly: To act by that, which he has learned from knowledge within in himself, and to try and teach what he has learned from knowledge to others.Thirdly: To safeguard what he has learned by memorizing it, and reviewing the `ilm(knowledge) so it does not escape him.Fourthly: To be steadfast in learning what he does not know, so to add knowledge o­n top of knowledge.Fifthly: To ask Allaah constantly to bestow & grant him with beneficial knowledge and provisions that are vast, and actions that are accepted; and the Prophet (SallAllaahu `Alaihi Was Salaam) would say if he prayed the fajr prayer after he would make tasleem (salaam to the right then the left) this du'aa:" O Allaah, I ask you for knowledge which is beneficial and sustenance which is good, and deeds which are acceptable." (To be said after making salaam for the fajr prayer)Sixthly: If he was to feel tired and weak when he is in front of knowledge and ready to study, then he should ask Allaah to make for him will power and a desire to gain knowledge and dedicate himself to it.Seventhly: Its obligatory o­n the student of knowledge to refrain from disobedience, for indeed disobedience kills the heart and weakens the understanding and its narrated about Imaam Shaafi'ee he said: "I complained to my teacher Wa'kee about my weak memory so he directed me to leave of sin and then he said, `know!!!! That knowledge is light; and the light of Allaah He does not give it to a disobedient person." And I say the proof for that is found in the Book of Allaah when He Glorified be He Says,

O you who believe! If you obey and Fear Allaah, He will grant you Furqaan a criterion, and will expiate for you your sins, and forgive you, and Allaah is the Owner of Great Bounty.O you who believe Fear Allaah, and believe too in His Messenger (SallAllaahu `Alaihi Wa Sallam), he will give you a double portion of His Mercy, and he will give you a light by which you shall walk (straight), and he will forgive you. And Allaah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

So what is important is that the student of knowledge needs consistent striving, striving against himself and against o­nes passions and lower desires and its greed, and to tire himself out in acquiring knowledge, and to hope that Allaah will enable him to achieve that, and the success (tawfeeq) is from Allaah.

Soorah Al-Anfaal (8):29
Soorah Al Hadeed (57):28

Translated from the book Fataawa Jaaliyya pg. 111

*Indeed, the religion in the sight of Allah is Islam. And those who were given the Scripture did not differ except after knowledge had come to them - out of jealous animosity between themselves. And whoever disbelieves in the verses of Allah, then indeed, Allah is swift in [taking] account.  Al-Imran(3):19
As Salaamou Alikum , Baraka Allaahu Feeki,


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