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ADULT COURSES

THE REQUISITES OF STUDY

Observation of the six requisites of study will enable the students to fully benefit from the lessons taught:

 

Niyyah (Sincerity Of Intention):

To maintain a pure and simple intention is the basis upon which all reward is attained. Seeking knowledge should be for the sake of pleasing Allah and bettering ones faith. One should not seek knowledge for any worldly purpose as this will contaminate the effect of all the good that is gained.

Sufyan Thawri (RA) remarks that ‘Whilst seeking knowledge, I did not exhort myself upon anything as much as I exhorted myself upon rectifying my intention.’

 

Aadaab (Etiquette): 

The etiquettes of knowledge are extensive and many books have been written upon this subject. By observing the etiquettes, the student not only gains knowledge but an associated spiritual light. The strength of the connection to the teacher relates directly to the student’s spiritual benefit and conservation of what is learnt.

 

Mutala’ah (Preview Of Lesson):

This is the process in which the student prepares for the lesson by going through the text beforehand and acquainting herself with the subject matter by studying complimentary works. Mutala’ah builds the student’s capacity and ability to correctly analyse and interpret classical Arabic text.

 

I’aad’ah (Review Of Lesson):

I’aad’ah is repeating the process of repeating and reflecting upon the days lessons and building up proficiency in the subject and text.

 

Takraar (Group Repetition):

The lesson should then be repeated in the company of fellow students to allow each student to correct any misunderstanding of the lesson.

 

Amal (Practise Upon What Was Learnt):

Ibn Mas'ud (RA) said, "Learn, learn, and once you have learnt, act."

This is the second most important aspect of seeking knowledge after sincerity of intention, and is the purpose of seeking knowledge.  The Messenger of Allah (SAW) used to say, "O Allah, I seek refuge in you from knowledge which does not benefit, from a heart which does not feel humble, from a soul that does not feel contented and from an invocation that is not answered." (Muslim)