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[45] Excerpts from Shaikh Rabee’s Book Titled ‘Marhaban Yaa Taalibal Ilm’ – [One is Obligated to Acquire Knowledge And Then Fulfil Obligations]

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy

Shaikh Rabee Bin Haadi  [hafidhahullaah] said:
It is obligated on us to acquire knowledge and act upon it with sincerity; fear Allaah and beware of Allaah at all times by of it. We should adhere to the sound affairs of creed and worship Allaah by way of it; teach the people this creed and the laws of Islaam; distinguish between truth and falsehood, halaal and haraam, and [distinguish] between misguidance and guidance.

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[40] Excerpts from Shaikh Rabee’s Book Titled ‘Marhaban Yaa Taalibal Ilm’ – [Who Are The People of Sound Knowledge And Understanding?]

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy

Allaah stated regarding the distinguishing characteristics of the ulama- the great difference between them and the people of ignorance and misguidance:

أَمَّنۡ هُوَ قَـٰنِتٌ ءَانَآءَ ٱلَّيۡلِ سَاجِدً۬ا وَقَآٮِٕمً۬ا يَحۡذَرُ ٱلۡأَخِرَةَ وَيَرۡجُواْ رَحۡمَةَ رَبِّهِۦ‌ۗ قُلۡ هَلۡ يَسۡتَوِى ٱلَّذِينَ يَعۡلَمُونَ وَٱلَّذِينَ لَا يَعۡلَمُونَ‌ۗ إِنَّمَا يَتَذَكَّرُ أُوْلُواْ ٱلۡأَلۡبَـٰبِ

Is one who is obedient to Allah, prostrating himself or standing (in prayer) during the hours of the night, fearing the Hereafter and hoping for the Mercy of his Lord (like one who disbelieves)? Say: “Are those who know equal to those who know not?” It is only men of understanding who will remember (i.e. get a lesson from Allah’s Signs and Verses). [Surah Az-Zumar’ Aayah 9]

Firstly, before mentioning knowledge, Allaah mentioned deeds, [belief in His Aayaat, fulfilment of His commands], fear of the afterlife and hoping for His reward, which includes both deeds of the heart and the limbs. Then Allaah mentioned that the reason behind this effort of theirs- this enthusiasm that is connected to lofty manners in their worship of Allaah- is not due to ignorance and desires, rather its basis is their knowledge of who Allaah is. Allaah said:

قُلۡ هَلۡ يَسۡتَوِى ٱلَّذِينَ يَعۡلَمُونَ وَٱلَّذِينَ لَا يَعۡلَمُونَ‌ۗ إِنَّمَا يَتَذَكَّرُ أُوْلُواْ ٱلۡأَلۡبَـٰبِ

Say: “Are those who know equal to those who know not?” It is only men of understanding who will remember (i.e. get a lesson from Allah’s Signs and Verses). [Surah Az-Zumar’ Aayah 9]

Sound knowledge and deeds is not possessed except by those with sound intellect and understanding- never can it be acquired through thoughtlessness and ignorance. Therefore, O brothers! Pursue knowledge. Thereafter, the aim behind knowledge is to act, for indeed Allaah severely dispraised those who have knowledge but do not act.


Marhaban Yaa Taalibal Ilm’ pages 159-160. abridged & slightly paraphrased

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[36] Excerpts from Shaikh Rabee’s Book Titled ‘Marhaban Yaa Taalibal Ilm’- [What We Need To Do With Regards To Seeking Knowledge In Order for The Ummah To Be Upon Clear-sightedness]

In The Name of Allaah, The Mosty Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy

There was a year called ‘Year of Delegations’ due to the numerous people who travelled to the Prophet [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam] – why? They came to him to learn.  This is what the people knew from the era of Allaah’s Messenger [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] to this present day of ours – the students of knowledge travelled from numerous lands to other lands to acquire knowledge. And indeed, a person use to travel for the sake of one hadeeth- travelling to the scholars to this and that place and acquired that which Allaah made easy for him to acquire of knowledge; then he returns to his people to teach them [what is good and warn them against evil].

If we sent groups [to seek knowledge from the upright scholars], the spurious stories and the dreams [transmitted and taken as religion] would have become less amongst the people – we would learn and send the people to the scholars, every individual or group returns to their country and propagates this  knowledge in the lands, then we would have covered [the Islamic knowledge] needed by the Muslims in the entire Muslim world. If the people were to travel to the scholars in large numbers and learn from them, and every group returns to their people to teach them, we would have eradicated ignorance and uprooted its basis, then the entire Ummah will be upon [sound] knowledge and clear-sightedness.


Marhaban Yaa Taalibal Ilm’ pages129-130          

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[34d] Excerpts from Shaikh Rabee’s Book Titled ‘Marhaban Yaa Taalibal Ilm’ -[Jaabir Travelled for Two Months to Hear One Hadeeth, But You Make Demands On Those Explaining The Books of Knowledge for You]!

In The Name of Allaah, The Mist Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy

In which era do we find the scholars hastening to the houses of the people? Rather, the students of knowledge travel to the scholars and the sahaabah [May Allaah be pleased with them] were the first [to do so]. Jaabir Bin Abdillaah [radiyallaahu anhu] heard that a man amongst the companions of the Messenger [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] in Shaam had a Hadeeth, so he bought a camel and rode on it to shaam. It took him a month to get there and a month to return, for the sake of one hadeeth.

[However] a man [i.e. a scholar or one who has been given recommendation by the scholars to teach] explains Saheeh Al-Bukhaari, Saheeh Muslim, Sunan Abu Daawud, Sunan At-Tirmidhee, Sunan An-Nasaa’ee or a book of Fiqh or something from it [i.e. very near to you either in your city or a masjid close by], but you say, “No, he must accompany me and he must come with me!” Who gave you this authority in the Sight of Allaah [i.e. that you make such a demand]? O My brothers! It is obligated on us to recognise the status of knowledge.


Sharh Hilyati Taalibil Ilm’ 126-127. abridged & slightly paraphrased

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[34C] Excerpts from Shaikh Rabee’s Book Titled ‘Marhaban Yaa Taalibal Ilm’ – [Those Who Sit In Their Houses And Abandon The Lessons In The Masaajid, But Claim That The People of Knowledge Are The Ones Who Distance Themselves From The People]

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy

Nowadays the youth say: “By Allaah! The scholars distance themselves from us.” O my brother! You are the ones who distance yourselves from the scholars. And there are those who support them [i.e. support those who say that the scholars are distancing themselves from the people], saying, ‘’The scholars sit in their houses and why do they not recognise our needs?!’’ O my brother! If you were fair to knowledge and had love for it, you would have travelled to seek knowledge from its people as well as urge the people to [do so]. Moosaa [alayhis salaam] -the Messenger of Allaah- once stood up and addressed Banee Israa’eel. He was asked, ‘’Who is the most learned man amongst the people.’ He said, ‘I am the most learned.’ So, Allaah revealed to Moosaa that ‘At the junction of the two seas there is a slave amongst my slaves who is more learned than you [i.e. in some affairs of knowledge].’ So, Moosaa said, ‘O my lord! How can I meet him?’ Allaah said, ‘Take a fish in a basket [and proceed] and you will find him at the place where you will lose the fish.’’ [ref 1]  Allaah narrated this story to us in the Qur’aan [as follows]:

وَإِذۡ قَالَ مُوسَىٰ لِفَتَٮٰهُ لَآ أَبۡرَحُ حَتَّىٰٓ أَبۡلُغَ مَجۡمَعَ ٱلۡبَحۡرَيۡنِ أَوۡ أَمۡضِىَ حُقُبً۬ا

فَلَمَّا بَلَغَا مَجۡمَعَ بَيۡنِهِمَا نَسِيَا حُوتَهُمَا فَٱتَّخَذَ سَبِيلَهُ ۥ فِى ٱلۡبَحۡرِ سَرَبً۬ا

فَلَمَّا جَاوَزَا قَالَ لِفَتَٮٰهُ ءَاتِنَا غَدَآءَنَا لَقَدۡ لَقِينَا مِن سَفَرِنَا هَـٰذَا نَصَبً۬ا

قَالَ أَرَءَيۡتَ إِذۡ أَوَيۡنَآ إِلَى ٱلصَّخۡرَةِ فَإِنِّى نَسِيتُ ٱلۡحُوتَ وَمَآ أَنسَٮٰنِيهُ إِلَّا ٱلشَّيۡطَـٰنُ أَنۡ أَذۡكُرَهُ ۥ‌ۚ وَٱتَّخَذَ سَبِيلَهُ ۥ فِى ٱلۡبَحۡرِ عَجَبً۬ا

قَالَ ذَٲلِكَ مَا كُنَّا نَبۡغِ‌ۚ فَٱرۡتَدَّا عَلَىٰٓ ءَاثَارِهِمَا قَصَصً۬ا

فَوَجَدَا عَبۡدً۬ا مِّنۡ عِبَادِنَآ ءَاتَيۡنَـٰهُ رَحۡمَةً۬ مِّنۡ عِندِنَا وَعَلَّمۡنَـٰهُ مِن لَّدُنَّا عِلۡمً۬ا

قَالَ لَهُ ۥ مُوسَىٰ هَلۡ أَتَّبِعُكَ عَلَىٰٓ أَن تُعَلِّمَنِ مِمَّا عُلِّمۡتَ رُشۡدً۬ا

قَالَ إِنَّكَ لَن تَسۡتَطِيعَ مَعِىَ صَبۡرً۬ا

And (remember) when Musa (Moses) said to his boy-servant: “I will not give up (travelling) until I reach the junction of the two seas or (until) I spend years and years in travelling.”

But when they reached the junction of the two seas, they forgot their fish, and it took its way through the sea as in a tunnel.

So when they had passed further on (beyond that fixed place), Musa (Moses) said to his boy-servant: “Bring us our morning meal; truly, we have suffered much fatigue in this, our journey.”

He said:”Do you remember when we betook ourselves to the rock? I indeed forgot the fish, none but Shaitan (Satan) made me forget to remember it. It took its course into the sea in a strange (way)!”

[Musa (Moses)] said: “That is what we have been seeking.” So they went back retracing their footsteps.

Then they found one of Our slaves, unto whom We had bestowed mercy from Us, and whom We had taught knowledge from Us.

Musa (Moses) said to him (Khidr) “May I follow you so that you teach me something of that knowledge (guidance and true path) which you have been taught (by Allah)?”

He (Khidr) said: “Verily! You will not be able to have patience with me! [Surah Al-Kahf’ Aayaat 60-67]

Moosaa approached Khidr in a way a well-mannered student does. [Allaah informed us that Moosaa said to Khidr]: [هَلۡ أَتَّبِعُكَ عَلَىٰٓ أَن تُعَلِّمَنِ مِمَّا عُلِّمۡتَ رُشۡدً۬ا – May I follow you so that you teach me something of that knowledge (guidance and true path) which you have been taught (by Allah)]?

Look at this good behaviour! Moosaa was a Prophet whom Allaah spoke to directly, but he travelled for the sake of some affairs related to knowledge. Khidr was of a lesser status than him, but because he had knowledge, Moosaa took that difficult journey -on foot- and exercised patience, as Allaah [informed us that Moosaa said]:

[لَآ أَبۡرَحُ حَتَّىٰٓ أَبۡلُغَ مَجۡمَعَ ٱلۡبَحۡرَيۡنِ أَوۡ أَمۡضِىَ حُقُبً۬ا – I will not give up (travelling) until I reach the junction of the two seas or (until) I spend years and years in travelling]- Meaning: Travel many years in order to meet that scholar [i.e. Khidr]

A scholar has sittings in the Masjid, but you keep away from those sittings and then want him to read to you in your house! Everyone wants the scholar to come to his house, so where is that respect [owed to] the scholars?! Look at the one who knows the real station of knowledge, Moosaa- a Prophet amongst the Prophets of Alaah, the one whom Allaah spoke to directly? He travelled and intended to proceed upon that long journey even if it took years; however, you have lessons in the Masjid but do not attend to learn. Many people have lost this good behaviour, rather many ignorant callers to Islaam are not inclined towards knowledge unless you accompany them. By Allaah! Even if you accompanied them, they will not accept this knowledge from you. They will not accept the knowledge of Tawheed, rather they impose their views on the scholars and that they must accompany them. Is this good manners? Is this showing respect to the scholars? A Prophet -amongst the prophets of Allaah- travelled to someone below him [in status and knowledge] just to [acquire some] issues related to knowledge; but you keep away from knowledge and then say: By Allaah! The scholars fail the people! And they make the people reiterate: By Allaah! The scholars fail the youth! The scholars have abandoned the youth!!


Marhaban Yaa Taalibal Ilm’ pages 124-126. abridged and slightly paraphrased

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[34 A] Excerpts from Shaikh Rabee’s Book Titled ‘Marhaban Yaa Taalibal Ilm’ – [Behaviour of a Seeker of Knowledge Towards Scholars, Elders, Contemporaries and Those Younger Than Him [or Her]

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy

Good manners [or etiquettes] is a necessity in the path of seeking knowledge, and [when dealing with] the scholars and elders. It was said to king Abdul Azeez [rahimahullaah]: How do you view the people? He said, “The people in my view are three types: a man who is older than me, so he is placed in my father’s position; a man who is in my age group, so he is placed in my brother’s position, and a man who is younger than me, so he is like my son.’’

Therefore, a Muslim behaves towards his brothers in this manner- he places the people in these different categories. The student of knowledge should respect the elders, honour his contemporaries and shows mercy to those below his age. The one who is old in age is like his father, the one in his age group is like his brother and the one below him in age is like his son.


Marhaban Yaa Taalibal Ilm’ page 123. abridged and slightly paraphrased

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