How Does One Seek Knowledge if He Cannot Reach The Scholars? Answered by Shaikh Dr. Ahmad bin ‘Umar Bazmoul (حفظه الله تعالى) (Originally translated in 2005, but recently updated with various additions and links)
How Does One Seek Knowledge if He Cannot Reach The Scholars?
Answered by Shaikh Dr. Ahmad bin ‘Umar Bazmoul (حفظه الله تعالى)
(Originally translated in 2005, but recently updated with various additions and links)
Question: What does a person who wants to seek knowledge do if he is not able to reach the people of knowledge? Does he suffice with taking knowledge from books, and what is the methodology of doing so?
The Shaikh repeated the question and asked:
Is the person an Arabic speaker or a non-Arabic speaker?
The questioner responds that he is an Arabic speaker.
The Shaikh answers:
As for seeking knowledge, the origin is that the Muslim travels to the scholars to gain knowledge from them if he does not have a scholar in his locality. What is befitting for him is to travel to the scholars if he is able. All praise is for Allah (عز و جل), during our present time means of communicating with the scholars have become widespread. (It has become easy for us to communicate with) the scholars who are upon the straight methodology and safe Aqeedah, but we will mention some easy affairs for the one seeking knowledge in our present time so that he can seek it while being in the confines of his home.
This is done in the following ways:
1. If he is able to call a scholar (one upon the Sunnah) if he has the financial means, him and a group of his friends can attend a class with the scholar. This is a means of seeking knowledge.
 All footnotes in this article are by the translator.
 This is an example of how the people of knowledge are eager to benefit the questioner, after having knowledge of the questioner and his specific needs, abilities and circumstances.
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