From the tricks of the Shaytan is to say, “I don’t have enough time to memorize! I have a lot of things to attend to! I have responsibilities!” On average, we may take two-four hours to get to and come from work. If we are in a car, we can listen to the Qur’an and the texts we want to memorize. If we are in a bus, we can actually spend time memorizing instead of looking outside the window or checking out our messages on different types of social media. How about lunch time? Do we actually spend a whole hour eating? Or can we spend some time to eat, pray and memorize? And what about at home? Yes, we may have responsibilities but what does it take from us to spend at least an hour or two away from our devices to study or memorize something beneficial? In fact, we can spend an hour memorizing and an hour studying. Not saying that we are machines; we have to make time for our family, our jobs, etc., but from the great deceptions of Shaytaan is that he tells us we have no time and we believe him. So I have a challenge for all. Reduce your usage of all devices to 10-15 minutes per day and use the time you would have used for social media, he said and she said, for memorizing, reading, gaining benefit, etc, and I am sure everyone would see the difference within a week. May Allah guide us to what he loves and is pleased with.
Madrasah Mabadi Ul Uloom: From the obstacles facing the student of knowledge are:
1. Lack of sincerity
2. (Lack of) wanting power
3. He said/she said [i.e. spending time speaking about the people]
4. Pipe dreams. In other words saying I will do this and that without taking the neccessary steps.
5. Laziness and lack of effort.
6. Not following the proper method in seeking knowledge.
7. Not taking from the scholars and teachers.
8. Lack of reading and adherence to the Quran and Sunnah
9. Exaggerating in memorizing texts when one can choose one simple text that covers the most important aspects of a science. The primary issue is understanding and memorizing is the primary means to it.
Madrasah Mabadi Ul Uloom: How do you know that you have gained beneficial knowledge?
Shaikh Bakr Abu Zaid mentioned the following points:
1. If you act upon knowledge.
2. If you hate being praised.
3. That [as] you keep seeking knowledge, you increase in humility.
4. You dislike leadership.
5. You strive to do different forms of worship.
6. That you feel that you are in need of more knowledge.
If you look carefully some major scholars of hadeeth were non-arab. The bounty of Allah is wide.