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Tadhkirat al-Sāmiʿ

This course covers the etiquette of the teacher and student of sacred knowledge.

3 Students Enrolled

 
  • Introduction

    • Before knowledge, etiquette is mastered

    • Knowledge of Islam is the inheritance of the prophets

    • The Prophet (peace be upon him) was sent only to perfect character

    • The scholars referred to manners as guidance

    • Chains of narration can be omitted in basic texts to keep them concise

    • There is a distinction between fear and reverential fear

    • The reality of supplication is that one must be worthy in order to have their supplication answered

    • Weak hadith can still be used

    • Evidences

    • Three facets of scholars’ value

    • During the time of Abu Bakr, scholars had legislative authority

    • Jurisprudence must be both knowledge and action

    • Practicing jurists are saints

    • Gatherings of scholars are like gatherings of the Prophet peace be upon him

    • Islamic sciences are not meant for worldly gain, they are meant for the next life

    • Encouragement comes before warning, but both are necessary


  • Etiquette of the teacher

    • 12 important points

      • Is mindful of Allah’s constant supervision

      • Safeguards knowledge in all actions

      • Practices abstention from worldly delight

      • Purifies knowledge from worldly pursuits

      • Avoids potential accusation and lowly earnings

      • Preserves the liturgy and rulings of Islam

      • Maintains legal recommendations

      • Engages people with good manners

      • Refines character

      • Is devoted to knowledge and is diligent in worship

      • Learns from one of lesser degree

      • Immersed in compilation or authorship if capable

    • Decorum in class

      • Well groomed for class and prays for success

      • Supplicates when heading out

      • Is visible to the students, and is kind and visible

      • Begin class with verses and supplications

      • Orders the lessons in order of importance

      • Is eloquent without being excessive

      • Maintains an orderly environment

      • Warns the students of poor etiquette

      • Is fair in research and honest about limitations

      • Is considerate of guests during class time

      • Opens and closes the lesson with Allah’s name

      • Be qualified to teach

    • Manners with students

      • Seeks Allah’s blessing for teaching

      • Does not refuse to teach an insincere student

      • Encourages the student and refines their hearts

      • Has the students’ best interests in mind

      • Is gracious with the student and facilitates understanding

      • Makes learning easy

      • Kind when quizzing students

      • Encourages the student when they answer correctly

      • Advises the student and does not overburden

      • Reviews fundamental principles and cases

      • Is equitable with students

      • Is observant of their condition and teaches what they need

      • Seeks to benefit and help the student and visits them when they are ill

      • Is humble and welcoming

    • Etiquette of the student

      • “Knowledge is acquired through learning”

      • Knowledge cannot enter a heart that is consumed with disease

      • Proper intention

      • Don’t delay seeking knowledge

      • Seeking knowledge requires dedication and sacrifice

      • Need support to make this possible

      • The lifestyle must be designed to be supportable on as little as possible

      • Marriage should be delayed if possible

      • The place of study should be carefully appointed

      • Leave that which you fear will harm your Hereafter

      • Don’t reduce sleep too much that the body and/or mind is harmed

      • End harmful relationships early, before they take root


    • Manners with the teacher

      • Remember that seeking knowledge is worship, so the teacher must be chosen carefully

      • Great status requires great humility

      • The teacher is the master and the student is the student

      • The student should not be constantly questioning and doubting the teacher

      • Just like anything else, there is a protocol for seeking knowledge

      • The student should defend the scholar in his absence

      • Look first for faults in yourself when the scholar makes a mistake

      • The Prophet (peace be upon him) would line people up for prayer based on status/rank and age

      • Times may change, and cultures may differ, but many forms of respect are universal

      • Do not question a teacher excessively or annoying the teacher

      • Don’t try to maneuver the teacher into making a point for you

      • Sit close but do not crowd the teacher

      • Prepare things for the teacher before handing them over

      • Some of these etiquettes come from the time of the Prophet (peace be upon him), and some come out of more modern culture


    • Decorum in class

      • Priority of subjects can change based on age and situation

    • Manners with books

      • Scholars would consider books more valuable than gold

    • Etiquette in the dormitory

      • Teachers should have office hours

      • Qualifications for teachers should be made easily available

      • Coed dorms and bathrooms are a bad idea

    AT A GLANCE

    Free

    13 Months

    English

    Sheikh John Sterling

    Imam John Starling is the Executive Director of GCLEA, in Cherry Hill, NJ and volunteers at Rutgers University, Camden as a Muslim chaplain. He is an alumnus of NCSU’s Poole College of Management and the Islamic University of Madinah. He holds a Master’s Degree in Islamic Studies from the Islamic University of Minnesota, possesses traditional ijazahs in several subjects including Hanbali fiqh, and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy. Imam John is also the founder of Hanbalidisciples.com which seeks to revive traditional Islamic studies according to the illustrious school of Imam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal.

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