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The Significance and Priority Placed on Memorizing

The Significance and Priority Placed on Memorizing

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 The Significance and Priority Placed on Memorizing  www.SalafyInk.com
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 The Significance and Priority Placed on Memorizing
 Author:
Shaikh Saalih Abdul Azeez Alish Shaikh(may Allah preserve him)
Source: Taken from a transcribed excerpt of a tape entitle, “The Importancethe Salaf Placed on Seeking Knowledge”. www.Sahab.net  Translator:
 Abu ‘Abdis Salaam Siddiq Al Juyaanee
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 The student of knowledge must memorize in order to have deepunderstanding. In the past some of the scholars used tomemorize (the dictionary) Al Qamoos. (Note) it is not correct tocall a Mu’jam a Qamoos)
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. This is because a Mu’jam is a book  which removes all signs of non Arabic influences that have creptinto the language. Meaning, (it replaces) that which you may haveforgotten from the Arabic language or (removes) those non Arabic influences that have linguistically affected you (i.e. yourtongue). As far as Qamoos, then this word means ocean (thename of this type of dictionary illustrates its size). Therefore it isincorrect to call a Mu’jam a Qamoos. Some speculate thatMu’jam means Qamoos (but as explained) this is incorrect forQamoos means ocean.Fayrooz Aabaadee named his dictionary Al Qamoos Al Muheetand Al Qamoos Al Waseet due to the fact that it distinguishesand expounds upon the Arabic language; just as it has been said
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 Translator’s Note:
both of these words are translated to mean dictionary;however, there is quite a difference between them in the Arabic language.
 
 
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 that (figuratively the Arabic language) had been scattered, thusFayrooz (attempted to) collected it in his dictionary.Some of the scholars used to memorize those large dictionaries. About this, other scholars of that era were asked about such anindividual (who had memorized a dictionary) and was in love withthe modern sciences. Even though this one who had memorizedthe dictionary was himself a scholar, when some of the otherscholars were asked about this as it was mentioned to them thatso and so had memorized the dictionary, they would respond by saying,
“Masha Allah, we have another copy of the dictionary in the city.” 
In this, (like in these times) there is a trivialization (andbelittlement) of memorizing. Memorizing is the foundation of that knowledge which the Prophet
(SallAllahu alahi wa sallam)
leftto be inherited. Allah the Most High said to His messenger
ﹶﻥﺁْﺮﹸﻗ
 
ْﻊﹺﺒﱠﺗﺎﹶﻓ
 
ُﻩﺎَﻧﹾﺃَﺮﹶﻗ
 
ﺍﹶﺫﹺﺈﹶﻓ
*
ﻪَﻧﺎَﻴَﺑ
 
ﺎَﻨْﻴﹶﻠَﻋ
 
ﻥﹺﺇ
 
ﻢﹸﺛ
 
“And when We have recited it to you (O Muhammad through Jibrael), then follow you its (the Qur'an's) recital.Then it is for Us (Allah) to make it clear to you” [Surah Qiyaamah: 18-19] 
 
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 First comes memorizing (committing to knowledge to memory).
ﹶﻥﺁْﺮﹸﻗ
 
ْﻊﹺﺒﱠﺗﺎﹶﻓ
 
ُﻩﺎَﻧﹾﺃَﺮﹶﻗ
 
ﺍﹶﺫﹺﺈﹶﻓ
 
“And when We have recited it to you (O Muhammad through Jibrael), then follow you its (the Qur'an's) recital.” 
 
[Surah Qiyaamah: 18] 
 Then Allah says in another verse,
َﻙَﺩﺍَﺆﹸﻓ
 
ِﻪﹺﺑ
 
َﺖﱢﺒﹶﺜُﻨِﻟ
 
َﻚِﻟﹶﺬﹶﻛ
 
“That We may strengthen your heart thereby.” [Surah Furqan: 32] 
 Then Allah says in another verse,
ُﻩﹶﺃَﺮﹾﻘَﺘِﻟ
 
ُﻩﺎَﻨﹾﻗَﺮﹶﻓ
 
ﹰﺎﻧﺁْﺮﹸﻗَﻭٍﺚﹾﻜُﻣ
 
ﻰﹶﻠَﻋ
 
ﹺﺱﺎﱠﻨﻟﺍ
 
ﻰﹶﻠَﻋ
 
“And (it is) a Qur'an which We have divided (into parts), in order that you might recite it to men at intervals.” [Surah Isra: 106] 
(Then Allah says)
 
ﻪَﻧﺎَﻴَﺑ
 
ﺎَﻨْﻴﹶﻠَﻋ
 
ﻥﹺﺇ
 
ﻢﹸﺛ
 
Then it is for Us (Allah) to make it clear to you” [Surah Qiyaamah: 19] 

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