Unformatted text preview: Obstacles in the Path of Knowledge: Part 10 SCL060010 @ WWW.SALAFIPUBLICATIONS.COM Obstacles In The Path Of Knowledge: At Tasweef-(To Put Off
Doing A Certain Action Until A Later Date) And At Tamanni(To Merely Have Hope For Something In The Future)
An explanation of some points from “Obstacles in the Path of Knowledge” (of Shaikh ‘AbdusSalaam Burjis) by Abu Hakeem Bilaal Davies. Transcribed by Abu and Umm Mariam for
SalafiPublications.Com, edited and amended by Abu Iyaad Amjad Rafiq, checked by Abu Talhah
Dawud Burbank. Introduction
All Praise is due to Allaah, we praise Him, seek His aid and His Forgiveness. We seek
refuge in Allaah from the evils of our souls and the evils of our actions. Whomsoever
Allaah guides there is none to misguide and whomsoever Allaah misguides there is none
to guide. I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, alone, without
any partners and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and messenger.
Shaykh Burjis mentioned: “A person continues putting things off until death comes upon
him su ddenly then he says: “…‘My Lord! If only you would give me respite for a
little while…” (i.e. return me to the worldly life) ”. (63) Al-Munafiqun: 10
Allah says concerning success in the hereafter: “…and for this let (let compete all
those) who want to strive.” (83) Al-Mutaffifin: 26, “And for the like of this, let the
workers work.” (37) As-Saffat: 61
Shaykh Burjis mentions that the hoping is of two types: praiseworthy and blameworthy.
As for the praiseworthy - then it is when a person hopes for the good but he is not able to
do that good.
And there are three conditions to the hope being praiseworthy:
?? That a person has firmness in his heart and conviction upon doing that thing when
he has the ability to do it.
?? That the thing hoped for is within the limits of the Shariah, (that a person does not
hope for something that is from evil.)
?? That a person does not make his whole life revolve around this hope. So he
becomes a person known just for hoping, without any real action.
As for the blameworthy type of hoping then Ibn Qayyim speaks concerning it in his
explanation of the statement of Abu Isma’eel al Harawi who said: “…the second of the
things that cause corruption to the heart is that a person rides the waves of the sea of
hope. for it is a sea that has no shore, and it is a sea that is sailed by the bankrupt ones of
this world as has been mentioned in some lines of poetry :
whenever I wish and hope I spend my night being happy
indeed this hope is the capital fund of the bankrupt SCL060010 @ WWW.SALAFIPUBLICATIONS.COM 1 Obstacles in the Path of Knowledge: Part 10 As for the merchandise obtained from this hope then they are promises of Shaytaan,
fantasies of impossibility and falsehood, for indeed the waves of delusive hope and false
fantasy never cease playing with the one who rides them, just as a dog plays with a corpse,
thus it i the merchandise of every lowly, despicable, base soul. The type of soul that
doesn’t have the determination to achieve external realities rather it has become
acquainted with avoiding that due to this subordinate hope…”.
Shaikh Abdus Salaam then says:
“…so let the student stay far from this sickness and let him be aware of it getting the better
of him, for truly it is like a deadly cancer, few are those who recover from it.”
The Shaikh then ended the book with as small section containing some of the statements
of the Salaf concerning knowledge, from that:
Hasan al-Basree (rahimahullah) mentioned: “If a person was to seek Ilm then it would not
be long before you would see the effects of that Ilm upon the individual, his khushoo and
even his sight and upon his tongue and his hands and upon his salat and upon his zuhd. If
a person is to obtain one aspect of Ilm and he acts upon it, then that is better for him than
the dunya and everything that is in it.”
Sahnoon ibn Sa’eed: “The most hasty of the people to hasten to give fatawa is the one who
has with him one aspect of Ilm and he believes that all of the haqq is with him.”
From the wise people is one who mentioned: “May Allah (subhana wata’ala) benefit us
with Ilm and not let our portion of the Ilm be merely for the seeking of an audience and
that it makes us self-conceited.”
And here the speaker Br. Abu Hakeem mentions that Shaykh Burjis finishes. May Allah
bless him and increase him in his Ilm and goodness and may we continue to benefit from
him. Ameen. SCL060010 @ WWW.SALAFIPUBLICATIONS.COM 2 Obstacles in the Path of Knowledge: Part 10 Benefits from this Lesson
1. Delaying matters and wandering in one’s hopes is one of the greatest of obstacles in
front of knowledge, and these two affairs have laid ruin to many a sincere person, who
hopes and aspires for knowledge, but never attains it, and then he continues in this
sorry state for years and years until death comes upon and alas, he says, “…if only You
would give me respite…” and refuge is from Allaah!
2. Having gained a part of knowledge does not mean one has gained all of knowledge.
And when one has acquired knowledge, then the sincerity behind seeking it ought to
be manifested in a person’s khushoo’, his sight, his tongue, his hand, in his prayer and
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