admin on April 16th, 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.

Forsake Luxury

Umar ibn al-Khattab said “So beware of [excess] comfort, and imitating the appearance of the ‘ajam, and toughen yourselves, and roughen yourselves…”

Don’t become overly inclined to an environment which excessively relaxes the nerves, and ties you down with ropes of false hopes. “While serious people reach their destiny, you are still in your place over-concerned about the elegance of your dress.” Simply because something is not haraam or makruh does not mean it is something of good conduct nor something that is looked  up upon.

Be ware of your outward appearance. What you wear expresses to others: your standing in what you are affiliated to, your upbringing, and your taste. It was said “The outside appearance leads to [one's] inner inclination.”


So wear that which adorns you and is not something unattractive, and do not give people an excuse to talk about you or criticize you. What you wear will actually effect how people see you and will effect how your knowledge is benefited from (by the people). What you wear can actually be a means for guiding people to the truth (subhanAllah!). Umar ibn Al-khatab said “It is more beloved to me to see the learned person in a white garment.”

Ibn Taymiyya said people are “..like flocks of birds naturally disposed to imitating one another”–so beware from dressing in a juvenile fashion.

Avoid Gatherings of vain speech

“Do not stand on the carpet of those who carry out detestable acts at their places of gatherings, and tear the veil of morality, and pretending to be unaware of [your actions], and if you do, then your crime, against knowledge and its people, is a grave one.”

Avoid Commotion (Hayshaat)

Protect yourself from riotous and clamorous behavior–because from these behaviors comes mistakes, and it opposes the etiquette of seeking knowledge.

Adorn yourself with gentleness

Be gentle in speech, avoid harsh words, for gentle speech wins over hostile personalities. An example of this is in the ayah:

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So by mercy from Allah , [O Muhammad], you were lenient with them. And if you had been rude [in speech] and harsh in heart, they would have disbanded from about you. So pardon them and ask forgiveness for them and consult them in the matter. And when you have decided, then rely upon Allah . Indeed, Allah loves those who rely [upon Him]. [Ali-Imraan 159]

And here is a nice link–It’s quotes that have to do with many different things, including Zuhd and seeking knowledge (very short yet beneficial): >>Click Here<<

و الحمد لله رب العالمين