The Importance and Method of Seeking Sacred Knowledge – Shaykh Walead Mosaad

In this counsel, Shaykh Walead Mosaad shares advice for seekers of knowledge. He highlights the imperative nature of seeking knowledge and the importance of the transmission of the Islamic sciences, offering insights into the precision of our oral tradition. Reminding that our tradition is alive not only in its textual form but also through the living presence of scholars, he warns of the danger of textual manipulation and offers insight into the rich diversity of our scholarly tradition. Moving on to offer practical advice, he recommends taking knowledge at a moderate pace. He gives examples of the scholars’ refining the knowledge they had collected, not focusing on mere acquisition. He highlights the importance of taking knowledge from trustworthy sources, citing the maxim that knowledge requires sound books, intelligence, a well-versed teacher, and persistence.

 

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