Recently, I’ve been taking an interest in learning about manners that every person, Muslim or Non-Muslim should adopt. Islam has a lot to offer in this area, through the examples of the Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) as well as his Companions. The Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said “The only reason I have been sent is to perfect good manners”. What piqued my interest in this area was my interest in the topic of Tazkiyyah, which I have been interested in for a number of years.
It is important to know and understand that the statements of the companions of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) hold great weight in Islam, with many aḥādīth showcasing its importance. And similarly following the path of the pious predecessors is also a strong pillar within Islam. I do not wish to lengthen this post with evidences for this lest to divert away from the objective of this post.
Below are statements of companions and pious predecessors compiled by Imām Badr Ad-Dīn Ibn Jamāʿah Al-Kinānī in his book, Tadhkirat as-Sami wa’l-Mutakallim fi Adab al-‘Alim wa’l-Muta’allim (A Memorandum to the Listener and the Speaker on the Etiquette of the Scholar and the Learner).
Whatever is not in the mind, is not known, hence it is not knowledge. Therefore, a student must memorise as much as he can. How many times are we discussing something we read the night before but cannot recall what we read? The problem is we do not know how to retain information! The following are 10 tips on how to retain more of what we read.
In order to comfortably read Arabic texts without the need for diacritical marks, one must master the rules pertaining to Naḥw and Ṣarf before embarking on the reading journey. Not only is it an imperative to familiarise oneself with all the rules of grammar, but to be able to apply them into real literature and produce one’s own prose is of more importance. Therefore, it would not be incorrect to say the ability to read Arabic poetry and prose without diacritical marks is a skill acquired, not a science studied.
In regards to this duʿā, a person asked Imām Abū Hanifah رحمه الله, “How did you reach to such a high rank?” Imām Abū Hanifah رحمه الله said that his ustādh told him of a duʿā (the above duʿā) and since Imām Abū Hanifah رحمه الله was young, he never missed out on praying the duʿā. (Imām Abū Hanifah رحمه الله always prayed that du’a after his fardh salah)
Muftī Taqī Sāhib has said that we should make du’a to Allāh ﷻ, when alone, and make a habit to talk to Allāh ﷻ, ask from Allāh ﷻ and call out to Allāh ﷻ when alone.
Many times young Muslims decide they want to become scholars and embark on the path of knowledge with little knowledge of what to expect. I was such a youngster who signed up for an “‘alim” course with no idea what an ‘alim is or where it would lead me.
To acquire knowledge under the expertise and guidance of a fully qualified ʿĀlim of Dīn is absolutely essential. Failure to do so generally results in absolute guidance. This has been the practice of our pious predecessors and even the Ambiyā عليهم السلام.