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A Third of Knowledge October 5, 2008

Posted by fruitsofknowledge in Adab al-'Ilm.

As-Salaamu Alaykum,

This post will be the first in a series which will outline the Etiquettes of Seeking Knowledge based on the notes taken at ‘Ilm Summit 2008. Please be advised that although the one who compiled these notes has done their best to verify the information, the knowledge may not be free of errors. If anyone finds a mistake, kindly inform me. May Allah make this a source of benefit for all those who seek enlightenment. ameen

Adab al-‘Ilm – Etiquettes of Seeking Knowledge


One of the highest levels of work in the Shafi’ Fiqh is Imam An-Nawawi’s (Rahimahullah) (d. 676 A.H. / 1277 CE) Al-Majmoo’. The introductory 150 pages of this work deal with Adab-al-‘Ilm and the introduction begins with the issue of sincerity. The first hadith in Sahih Al-Bukhari and An-Nawawi’s Forty Hadith collection deals with sincerity behind intention.

All books on etiquettes of attaining knowledge start with advice on sincerity because those who have written these books have dealt with the problems of sincerity.

It is for this reason that Imam Bukhari (Rahimahullah) (d. 256 A.H. / 870 CE), Imam An-Nawawi (Rahimahullah) and other scholars started their works with the very famous hadith on intention…