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The Purpose of Acquiring Knowledge

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THE PURPOSE OF ACQUIRING
KNOWLEDGE



Congratulations On The Greatest Bounty
It is Allāh’s great favour that He conferred us with
attachment to knowledge, the desire to study and teach
it, and enthusiasm for it. We all went to our respective
homes in Sha‛bān. For about six weeks we moved away
from the programme of the madrasah and spent our
time with the freedom to do as we liked. There are many
who, through Allāh’s inspiration, spent their holidays
profitably. There are others whose holidays are spent in
futile activities and sins, and in passing the time lazily.
After spending six weeks away from the madrasah, Allāh
ta‛ālā inspired you to come back. This is a great favour
of Allāh ta‛ālā. Some people slip up during the holidays
[and do not return to the madrasah]. Others slip up at
the very beginning of the year. While yet others slip up
in the middle of the year. Shaytān casts various types of
whisperings such as the food in the madrasah is not
good, the boarding is not good, the classmates are not
friendly, the roommates are not good, the timetable is
difficult, studies themselves are difficult, Arabic is
difficult, there is no compatibility with the teachers, the
madrasah is very far from home, my mother is alone at
home, my father is alone, my brothers and sisters will
fall into evil [in my absence], and so on. Shaytān creates
various types of thoughts and some people fall as a
result of these whisperings.

We must first be grateful to Allāh ta‛ālā for having saved
us from this, enabled us to return to our alma mater,
and returned us to the laps of our teachers. We must
make this resolution that we have to study for another
year, to continue studying until we complete our course,
and to remain attached to this work [of serving Dīn]
until our last dying moments. I congratulate all you who
are seeking the knowledge of prophet-hood over this
greatest of bounties; and while applying this Sunnah of
Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‛alayhi wa sallam, I welcome you
all on my behalf and on behalf of the teachers.