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Unformatted text preview: Obstacles in the Path of Knowledge: Part 6 SCL060006 @ WWW.SALAFIPUBLICATIONS.COM Obstacles in the Path of Knowledge: Not Being Gradual in
An explanation of some points from “Obstacles in the Path of Knowledge” (of Shaikh A bdus‘
Salaam 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.
Allah (subhana wata’ala) says:
“Verily! It is We Who have sent down the Qur'ân to you (O Muhammad) by stages.” (Dahr
“And those who disbelieve say: ‘If only the Qur’aan was revealed all at one time.’ (Thus it is
sent down in parts) that we may strengthen your heart thereby and we recited (revealed)
it to you ‘tarteelan’ (‘in stages’-or explained by some of the scholars of tafseer to mean
‘with its explanation’). (Furqaan 25:32).
Az-Zubaidee (rahimahullah) mentioned(narrating from the book ‘adh-dharee’ah’
concerning the job of the teacher): “It is important for the student not to enter into a
particular Ilm until he takes the Ilm that was before it and he deals with it sufficiently and
takes from it that which he needs. For indeed to force knowledge into ones head is a
means of losing understanding.”
So we should start with Tawheed and then move on to other types of knowledge.
Shaykh Burjis goes on to mention: “The tadarujj (graduation) is in two affairs. As for the
first affair it is for us to be gradual between the sciences and then secondly being gradual
in one particular science that an individual learns.”
Abul-Ainaa mentioned: “I came to Abdullah ibn Dawood [*] and he said, ‘What is it that
has brought you?‘ I said: Verily I have come for hadith. So he said ‘Go away and
memorise the Qur’aan.’ I said: indeed I have memorised the Qur’aan. So he said ‘Read.’ So
I recited a good portion from where he told me to recite, from there and after, until I
finished. He said ‘Go now then and learn the fara’id.’ I said: indeed I have learnt the main
and major issues in that regard. So he said ‘Very well. Who is closest to you, your nephew
or your uncle?’ So I said: My nephew. He asked ‘And why?’ I said: ‘Verily because my
SCL060006 @ WWW.SALAFIPUBLICATIONS.COM 1 Obstacles in the Path of Knowledge: Part 6 brother is from my mother and my uncle is from my grandfather.’ So he said ‘Go now and
learn Arabic.’ I said: Indeed I learnt Arabic before these two. He said ‘Very well. Why did
Umar (radiallahu anhu) say when he was fatally wounded - Ya lallah wa lil muslimeen why did the first laam have a fatha and the second laam have a khasra?’ I said: Because
that one (first laam) is a laam that is for du’a and the laam for du’a has the fatha. And the
other (second laam) is for istigaatha (seeking relief). So he said ‘If there was anybody I
would give hadeeth to, then I would narrate to you’.”
[*] Abdullah ibn Daawood ibn ‘Aamir, Aboo Abdur-Rahman al-Hamdaanee, al-Khuraybee,
al-Koofee, then al-Basree. The Imaam, the hafiz. He said “The religion does not come
from rhetoric, rather the religion comes from narrations.” He made it very difficult for
people to narrate from him, and he ceased narrating hadeeth a few years before his death.
He died in the year 213AH (rahimahullah). Refer to as-Siyar, 9:351. SCL060006 @ WWW.SALAFIPUBLICATIONS.COM 2 Obstacles in the Path of Knowledge: Part 6 Benefits from this Lesson
1. The Qur’aan was revealed in stages, not all in one go. This illustrates the gradual
increase in knowledge.
2. Being gradual in acquiring knowledge includes being gradual between types of
knowledge, and then being gradual within a particular knowledge. For example, the
first knowledge is Tawheed. So we acquire all of this first, before moving on to other
knowledge. Then within this knowledge we can decide either to go through a particular
book first (e.g. Kashf ush-Shubuhaat, or Usool ath-Thalaathah etc.) before another. Or
we can choose to look at Tawheed al-Uloohiyyah and understand it thoroughly (i.e.
through the books of Shaikh ul-Islaam Muhammad bin Abdul-Wahhaab) before we
embark upon a detailed study of the Names and Attributes etc (through the various
small works of Shaikh ul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah). So being gradual is inter-disciplinary
(between sciences) and intra-disciplinary (within a particular science). Or for example,
when we embark upon fiqh, then we learn the fiqh of purification and prayer, before
we learn the fiqh of fasting or hajj. So everything is gradual and is based upon what is
most important or what is required at the time and then what comes after that.
3. It is important not to start on a new type of knowledge until one has mastered what
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