The Muslim Student by Sheikh (Dr.) Bilal Philips Page
So you are benefiting others with that knowledge.Also we have a statement from Sufyan ah Sauree
one of the great scholars from earlygeneration said,
“As a youth I began seek knowledge, my
mother advises me, if you write down 10words and your faith has not improved
, check yourself.”
It means whatever knowledge we are gaining; it should ultimately increase our faith. If our faith is not increased by it, it means that we are approaching knowledge in wrongway. We are not aware and conscious of our position with regards to the knowledge andhow we should seek it.We need to know that seeking knowledge for fame is something cursed. It is thedangerous root for a student to seek knowledge so that he can be most learned thatpeople will be look after him, admire him, etc.It is because the prophet - May Allaah Salaat and Salaam be on him
had warned thatamong first three group of people who would be thrown into Hellfire by end of thisworld be a Muslim scholar.Where Allaah would ask the scholar,
What did you do with the knowledge which I gave you?
He will say, O’ Allaah, I
taught to the people. I informed them whatever knowledge yougave me, I passed on them. They benefited from them. I disseminated the knowledge for your sake.
Allaah will say, No, you didn’t do it for my sake. You did it,
because you would beknown as a great scholar that people would admire you. The people would hold you inhigh esteem. The people will clap, when you spoke. People would know you when theysaw or whenever they heard you, etc.That is what you taught and you have receive what you taught in the world. There isnothing for you in next world and he will be drag off his face and thrown into hell.So seeking knowledge with wrong intention is destructive. It will break the very goal or all the value that we seek from the knowledge will be lost in the life to come. We may getthe things in this life but from the next life we will not get anything.
How to be a successful student?
First and foremost we must have sincere intention.
Tagwah has to be there. We must have consciousness of Allaah. It is because, if it isan act of worship we know basic principle, in acts of worship is that one has to be