The seeker of knowledge should follow these advices and etiquettes for seeking knowledge that Muslim needs to know:
Seeking knowledge is the highest act that Muslim should follow it. Seeking knowledge is a duty upon every Muslim. As the prophet (PBUH) said: “If anyone travels on a road in search of knowledge, Allah will cause him to travel on one of the roads of paradise”
Allah (The Almighty) said: (interpretation of the meaning)
“ O you who have believed, be patient ( persevere in patience) and be more patient (endure) and remain stationed and fear Allah that you may be successful”(Al- ‘Imran:200)
- Sincerity in seeking knowledge:
One must intend to seek knowledge for the sake of Allah, to be closer to Allah, and not acquire knowledge merely to get some worldly advantage. The prophet (PBUH) said: “ If anyone seeks knowledge to use it in vying with the learned, or disputing with the foolish, or to attract men’s attention to himself, Allah will bring him into hell.”( Tirmidhi transmitted it, and Ibn Majah transmitted it from Ibn Umar)
- Act upon what you learn:
You must know that acting upon what you learn is the fruit of knowledge. Everyone who learns and not acts upon what he knows, he is like Jews. As Allah (The Almighty) said: (interpretation of meaning)
“The example of those who were entrusted with the Torah and then did not take it on is like that of a donkey that carries volumes (of books). And Allah does not guide the wrongdoing people”.( Al- Jumu’ah:5)
- Be aware and consider that Allah is looking at you:
So, the Muslim must both fear Allah’s wrath and hope for His mercy. Muslim is like two wings of a bird; fear and hope are the two wings of a bird. If they are fit, the bird is fit to fly. So, Muslim is like this. Ask Allah (The Almighty) a lot for knowledge that is of benefit and will be accepted. Allah will raise those who were given knowledge, by degrees. As Allah said: (interpretation of the meaning)
“ O you who believe! If you are told to make room for one another in your assemblies, then do so, and Allah will make room for you, and if you are told to rise up, do so: Allah will exalt in degree those of you who believe, and those who have been granted knowledge. And Allah well- Acquainted with what you do.”(Al- Mujadilah:11).
- Seize the time:
Take advantage of your youth and times of your life by learning and knowledge. The blessing of time is one of the greatest blessings that Allah swears by time, as Allah says: (interpretation of meaning)
“ By Al- ‘Asr(The time)” (Al-’Asr:1).
And The Prophet (PBUH) said:
“Make the most of five things before five others: life before death, health before sickness, free time before becoming busy, youth before old age, and wealth before poverty”. ( saheeh al-jaami’)
- Be accurate and reliable during seeking knowledge:
Be careful to correct what is memorized by the sheikh or others can support you then memorize in a good way, and repeat more at specific times daily because what you memorize.
- Be polite to your sheikh:
When you sit, speak, ask a question, and listen to your sheikh, not call him with his name but call “O my sheikh” or “ O our sheikh”. And if the sheikh does any mistake, Don’t lose your respect for the sheikh because you will deprive from knowledge of the sheikh, if you do it ( if you lose your respect for the sheikh in your eyes).