The Intention for Seeking Knowledge – Imam al-Haddad

This noble intention was penned by the illustrious scholar of Tarim, Hadramawt, Imam AbdAllah bin Alawi al-Haddad, may Allah enshroud him in his mercy. He was blind from a very young age but grew in knowledge and stature to become the foremost educator in the Islamic sciences and spirituality of his time. His books are published until this day and he continues to be a source of benefit for many around the world. May Allah benefit us by him, ameen.

In the Name of God, Most Merciful, Compassionate
All praise to Allah, Lord of the Worlds. And salutations and
greetings upon our master Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم‎ and upon his family and
I intend to study and teach
to take and give a reminder
take and give benefit
take and give advantage
to encourage the holding fast to the book of Allah and the way of
His messenger, upon him be peace
and calling to guidance and directing towards good
hoping for the countenance of Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى and His pleasure, proximity
and reward,
transcendent is He.

– Imam AbdAllah bin Alawi al-Haddad (1634-1720)

Imam al-Dhahabi (Allah have mercy on him) points out to the signs of having a sincere intention or otherwise, He mentions that the one who seeks knowledge for the sake of Allah Most High, then that knowledge creates in him humility, humbleness and the fear of Allah. And the one who seeks knowledge for worldly gains, he becomes proud with his knowledge, thus argues and quarrels with other Muslims.



November 20, 2017

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