A Lofty Ambition

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful The Bestower of Allaah

Imaam Ibnul Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy upon him) said:

The loftiest ambition (of a person) in seeking knowledge is to (acquire) knowledge of the Qur’aan and the Sunnah, and to be (given) understanding by Allaah and through the Messenger (i.e. through his Sunnah) and to know the boundaries of the revelation (i.e. one neither goes into excess nor is he lackadaisical).And the most baseless ambition of the students of knowledge is to confine their ambitions in following the bizarre affairs and that which has neither been revealed nor occurred; or he (makes) his ambition acquaintance with the differences of opinion and pursues the statements of the people, whilst he has no ambition to acquaint himself with the correct (statement) amongst those statements.  Little is there to benefit from the knowledge of these people. [Al-Fawaa-id: page: 99] [End of quote]


Finally: It is well known that the students of knowledge possess different levels of understanding and ability, so one has to take into consideration that a student – regardless his sharpness and effort in research into the statements of the scholars- is restricted in understanding and ability. So take into consideration regarding what is stated in the links below:




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