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Knowledge and Personality Development

بسم الله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله

Imam al-Sha’bi was a scholar known for his deep ‘ilm and having a vast coverage over various fields of knowledge.

In the book ‘Uluww al-Himmah by Shaykh Muhammad Isma’il al-Muqaddam, it states that Imam al-Sha’bi was once asked, ‘How did you attain all this knowledge?’ And this was his reply. Pay close attention to it: 

بنفي الاعتماد و السير في البلاد و صبر كصبر الحمار و بكور كبكور الغراب

“By independency, by travelling through cities, by having patience like that of a donkey and by rising early like the rising of crows.”

There’s so much to take away from this, but here are a few points of benefit that we can derive:

  • Be independent in your studies. Don’t rely on someone or something to always motivate you and push you to learn.

  • Learn how to motivate yourself! Be free from distractions and limitations.

  • Do not procrastinate.

  • Travel! Keep on the move! Go from A to B, then B to C! Don’t be stagnant in your life; always have a peak that you’re reaching for.

  • If knowledge is not in your immediate vicinity, seek it out and go to where it is!

  • Be patient. More patient than the donkey overloaded with cargo. Bear all the hardships on this path, bear the trials and tribulations.

  • Get up early! The Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) said: ‘My Ummah has been blessed in its early portion (of the day).’ Seek out the blessings of the morning. Tips for Time Management are in this hadith! You may not have time during the day, but you’ll always have time in the mornings.

  • Give yourself no excuses, because most of the time an excuse is a barrier that you place between you and your goals.

  • May Allah guide us on the Straight Path.

Related Post: On RABBI ZIDNI ‘ILMA


January 27, 2018 - Posted by | Personality Development, Reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


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  2. Jazak Allah khayr
    I will be sharing this article with my students.

    Comment by Happy Land | January 27, 2018 | Reply

    • Glad to know that.
      Baarakallaahu Feek.

      Comment by MuQeet | January 28, 2018 | Reply

  3. Great advice! Jazaakalaahu kheyran.

    Comment by Um Ibrahim | January 28, 2018 | Reply

  4. Your posts are always useful and I am waiting for them may Allah bless you and make them in the scale of your good deeds.ameen

    Comment by Radaallah alrahman | January 29, 2018 | Reply

    • Alhamdilillaah

      Comment by MuQeet | January 30, 2018 | Reply

  5. Thanks.Jazakhallahu Khair.
    Can use this in the talk to students during personality development sessions.
    Would appreciate more such related to time management, communication, prioritizing, organizing, goal setting….which is the need of the hour for our children.

    Comment by Tabassum | January 30, 2018 | Reply

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