admin on April 4th, 2010

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I was reading a book (The Etiquette of Seeking Knowledge by Shaykh Bakr Aboo Zayd) and came across a few interesting points. This is basically my summary of what I read…so if there are mistakes it is most likely my fault.

Contentment and Zuhd

Adorn yourself with contentment and asceticism.

Definition of Zuhd: Zuhd is in the haraam and to distance yourself from its boundaries by abstaining from the shubuhaat and wishing for what is in people’s possessions

Imam Ash-Shafei said “If a person advised the wisest of people; he would encourage him to be amongst the ascetic.”

The seeker of knowledge should be moderate in his/her life in a manner that does not dishonor him/her.

Shaikh Muhammad Al-Ameen Ash-Shinqeetee took very little from this worldly life and once said “I came from my country and with me is a treasure that is very seldom found in the possession of anyone, and it is contentment, and if I wanted high status, I would have known the way to achieve it, but I chose not to exchange this worldly life for the hereafter, and I do not give my knowledge to attain worldly desires.”

Adorn yourself with the splendor of knowledge

This means one should have beautiful manners, pious conduct, humility, humbleness, and adhesion to the Clear Path. The method in which we can do this is by filling our outer and inner-selves with these qualities and leaving all the characteristics that oppose them.

Ibn seereen said “They (meaning the salaf) used to learn manners as they would learn knowledge.”

Adorn yourself with honor

adorn yourself with honor AND that which leads to it. These things include manners, being kind, spreading salaam, hating haughtiness, and having a self esteem which is free from tyranny.

Avoid any affairs that might tarnish your honor, whether it is in nature, speech, or actions. Also do not commit degrading actions, or evil habits such as being conceited, showing off, boastfulness, arrogance, and looking down on others.

و الحمد لله رب العالمين