Excerpts From Shaikh Rabee’s Book Titled ‘Marhaban Yaa Taalibal Ilm’-[Knowledge Is to Be Sought to Save Oneself First]
In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy
O youth! It is obligated on you to [seek after this] inheritance – the inheritance [left behind by the] Prophets, for indeed the scholars are the inheritors of the Prophets. [The Messenger (sallal laahu alayhi wasallam said)], “Whoever follows a path in the pursuit of knowledge, Allaah will make a path to Paradise easy for him. And indeed the angels lower their wings for the seeker of knowledge out of being pleased with what he does [i.e. seeking knowledge].”
If you are sincere to Allaah, desiring His countenance by way of this knowledge and understanding in the religion, benefit and save yourself first, and thereafter you benefit the one to whom you can convey this good, guidance and understanding by way of this truthful intention, the path of paradise is made easy. The angels lower their wings out of humility and respect due to what you do [i.e. seeking knowledge], because the angels love Allaah and they love everything that is beloved to Allaah. Allaah loves knowledge, because it is this knowledge He taught and revealed to His Messengers in order to clarify that which will lead humankind to happiness in this life and the next, and keep them away from wtetchedness. This is something beloved to the angels, so they lower their wings for you due to being pleased with what you do [i.e. seeking knowledge].
Marhaban Yaa Yaa Taalibal Ilm. Pages 252-253. Slightly paraphrased