In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy
The Messenger [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] said: If Allaah wishes good for a person, He gives him understanding in the religion.’’ [Saheeh al-Bukhaari. Number 71] Therefore, amongst the signs that Allaah wishes good for a person is that he is granted understanding in the religion – understanding of the Qur’aan and the [authentic] Sunnah, acquaintance with the sound Aqeedah and belief in it, affirming everything stated by Allaah, whether regarding events that took place in the past or events that will take place in future, fulfil Allaah’s commands, refrain from what Allaah has forbidden, study the [authentic] Sunnah and understand it as it should truly be understood; take admonition from its admonitions, refrain from what it orders a person to refrain from and adopt the manners it commands a person to have, just as was the case regarding the Messenger of Allaah [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam]. One of the Taabi’een asked Aa’isha [radiyallaahu anhaa] about the character of Allaah’s Messenger [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam], so she said: “His character was [based on the teachings of the] Qur’aan.” [Saheeh Muslim 746]
Indeed, he [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam] was sent to perfect noble character, and noble character is not only acted upon when dealing with the creation; rather one should have noble character in the presence of his Lord – by affirming everything Allaah has stated, obey Allaah’s commands and keep away from what Allaah has forbidden. This lofty character was possessed by the most perfect human being -Muhammad [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam].
The intent behind Fiqh [understanding] is not [merely] studying a book of Fiqh; rather Fiqh is to understand the revelation sent down by Allaah to Muhammad; understanding the Sunnah, honour the Qur’aan and the Sunnah- beginning with Aqeedah, then the rulings of the religion and acts of worship prior to that; then dealings and every other good that has been shown to us by Allaah and His Messenger.
Marhaban Yaa Taalibal Ilm’ pages 162-163. slightly paraphrased