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    First of all, you need to turn to Allah (SWT).

    Guidelines for knowledge


    First of all, you need to turn to Allah (SWT).
    bear-witness that He knows All, and seek assistance
    from Him

    "And say: O Lord, increase me in knowledge" [Taa Haa

    Then you need to make sure your intention is for
    Allah (SWT) and not for worldly gains-Desire to Please
    Allah (SWT) only.

    The Messenger (saws) said: "Whoever learnt knowledge
    by which the Face of Allah is to be sought, but he
    does not do so except for attaining a goal of this
    world, he will not smell the
    fragrance of Paradise on the Day of Resurrection."

    [SAHEEH: Reported by Ahmad, Abu Daaood and Ibn
    Hibbaan. Authenticated by al-Albaanee in
    Saheehul-Jaami [6297].]

    Have Taqwah-Fear Allah (SWT)

    Allah (SWT) said in the Holy Qur'an:

    "It is only those who have knowledge among his slaves
    that fear Allah." [Soorah Faatir 35:28]

    If you fear Allah (SWT) you will try to gain
    knowledge, as it was prescribed to us to do so in many
    ahadith and ayas in the Qur'an. If you fear Allah
    (SWT), you will only acquire true and useful knowledge
    and you will not waste your time doing otherwise.

    Don't be shy or arrogant in acquiring knowledge

    Aisha (Radia Allahu 'Anha) said:
    "How excellent are the women of the Ansaar,
    shyness/modesty does not prevent them from
    understanding the religion." [Bukhari Reported this]

    When you are shy-you don't attempt to acquire
    knowledge on your own

    When you are arrogant-you don't take the time acquire
    knowledge because you have too much pride and feel as
    if you know 'enough'

    You have to be strong and determined to acquire
    knowledge. Every Muslim is supposed to acquire
    knowledge and should not be shy nor arrogant about it.

    Act upon the knowledge you learn

    The Messenger of Allah (SWT) said:

    "A servants two feet will not move on the Day of
    Judgement until he is questioned about four (things):
    His youth, how he spent it, his knowledge, how he
    acted upon it, his wealth, how he earned it and how he
    spent it and his body, how he used/wasted
    it."[at-Tirmidhee 2417]

    You must act upon everything that you know...When you
    have knowledge of something that you are doing that is
    wrong, you are accounted for it-and will be questioned
    about it. The pens are lifted for those who do not
    know of something and commit a sin...but if you know
    and commit a will be accounted for it.

    "I put my trust in Allah, my Lord and your Lord! There is not a moving creature, but He has a grasp of its forelock. Verily, my Lord is on the straight path. (The truth)"

    [This message has been edited by Sadiaa (edited September 08, 2001).]