How Can I Spread Knowledge When I Don’t Feel Equipped?
by Abu Shama
How Do You Know When You Have Enough Knowledge to Teach?
‘Allah illuminates (or make radiant the face of) a man (or a woman) who hears a hadith from me, preserves it carefully, and passes it on onto others.’
What You Need before You Spread Knowledge
‘I was sent to perfect good character.’
‘The best amongst you are those who have the best manners and character’
Say (O Muhammad): ‘People! I am the Messenger of Allah (peace be on him) sent to you all’ [Al A’raf: 7:158]
O Muhammad, We have not sent you but as a mercy for all the worlds. [al-Anbiyaa:21:107]
‘Convey on my behalf even if it is only one verse of the Qur’an.’ [Bukhari]
‘for knowledge does not vanish except when it is kept secretly (to oneself).’ [Bukhari]
Tackling Your Fears Strategically
‘Knowledge is a treasure whose keys are inquiry and the asking of questions. So you must ask questions for improving your knowledge, by this, four kinds of people will have the reward from Allah: The questioner, the answerer, the listener and the one who loves these kinds of people.’ [Mishkat]
Avoiding the Pitfalls of Teaching
This is a series compiled following lectures on ‘The Manners and Etiquette of the Teacher and the Students’. The course was based on a book written by Shaykh al-Islam, Badr al-Din Ibn Jama’ah and conveyed to us by our Shaykh Haytham Tamim.
Qadi al-Qudat, Shaykh al-Islam, Badr al-Din Ibn Jama’ah was born in 639 AH (1241 AD). Originally from Syria and later moved to Egypt. He was educated at Hama, achieved excellence in religious studies and jurisprudence, and became a leading promoter of the Shafi’i Fiqh. Eventually, he attained the high status of Shaykh al-Islam and held the high position of Chief Justice. Imam al-Dhahabi has observed that Qadi Ibn Jama’ah was well versed both in prose and poetry, and had left abundant notes on Fiqh, Hadith, Usul al-Fiqh, and Tarikh(History). He commanded respect and influence, and had a large number of students and followers. He died at Cairo in the year 733 A.H. (1332 A.D.), aged 94, and was buried by the side of the great Imam Shafi’i.
His book on the subject of Adab al-Alim wal-Mutaalim
It was in the year 672 AH (1273 AD) that Ibn Jama’ah completed this book as a guide for both students and teachers to help improve quality of their academic life and work.
Ibn Jama’ah – Etitquettes of Seeking Knowledge
Abd Al Barr – Jami’ Bayan Al Ilm
Al Khateeb Al Baghdadi – Al Jami’ li Akhlaq Al Rawi
March 17, 2022