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Unformatted text preview: Obstacles in the Path of Knowledge: Part 4 SCL060004 @ WWW.SALAFIPUBLICATIONS.COM Obstacles in the Path of Knowledge: Relying Upon the Books
Rather than the Scholars 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 Hisham Abu Maryam and Umm
Maryam 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 mentions firstly that a person having the trust in himself to go to the books
and not needing a teacher is a type of sickness.
Imam ash-Shafi’ee (rahimahullah) mentioned: “Whoever seeks Ilm from the belly of the
books, he will let the ahkaam go to waste.” (Tadhkiratu Saami’ Wal Mutakallim p.87). And
some of the Salaf mentioned: “From the greatest afflictions and tribulations are those who
become shayukh through the sahifah (parchments which the Salaf used to write upon,
before they had books as we know today)”.
Sulaimaan ibn Musa al-Amawi (rahimahullah) mentioned: “The Qur’aan is not to be taken
from the mushafiyyeen (a person who does not have a teacher, but teaches the Qur’aan to
himself) and do not take the Ilm from the sahifiyyeen (a person who just goes to the
scrolls, without having a shaykh).” Sa’eed ibn Abdul Aziz (rahimahullah - likened to the
likes of Imam az-Zuhri) mentioned: “The Ilm is not to be taken from a sahafiyy and do not
take the Qur’aan from a mushafiyy.”
Ibn Butlaan (rahimahullah) mentioned: “From the reasons that it is prohibited and not
liked by the Salaf to do this is because of that which may occur, by a person who is a
beginner in Ilm, easily confusing one for the other (due to early Arabic having no vowel
symbols [fatha, kasra etc.] or dots etc.) This being the case, the Alim who is firmly
grounded in his Ilm will be able to take a book and the student will allow him to read the
book to him and explain to him the words.
Likewise what may take place by the slip of the sight, misunderstanding a word and a
person not having much understanding of (the science of the language) as how the word
should end. (The Shaykh can clarify this to the student). And writing down something of
benefit which is not in the book and reading that which is not written (i.e. A word missing
in the book etc.) Likewise a misprint in a text or book.” SCL060004 @ WWW.SALAFIPUBLICATIONS.COM 1 Obstacles in the Path of Knowledge: Part 4 Benefits From This Lesson
1. It is important to learn under the supervision and guidance of a scholar or teacher.
2. It is important to study books under the people of knowledge.
3. It is important to attain the understandings and explanations of the people of
knowledge of books and written documents.
4. The absence of any of the above leads to “half-baked” knowledge and makes one prone
to many mistakes. SCL060004 @ WWW.SALAFIPUBLICATIONS.COM 2 ...
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