These excerpts have been taken from the book, Sharḥ Hilyah Taalib il ‘ilm of Shaykh Muhammad ibn Ṣāliḥ al ‘Uthaymīn raḥimahullāh and translated by Abū 'Abir-Rahmaan Naasir ibn Najam.
With regards to having the correct niyyah (intention) when seeking knowledge, Shaykh Muhammad ibn Ṣāliḥ al ‘Uthaymīn raḥimahullāh states:
And the Prophet sall Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said:
“Whomever Allaah intends good for, He grants him fiqh (understanding) of the Religion.”
So if Allaah bestows fiqh of your religion upon you – and what is meant by fiqh (understanding) here is knowledge of the Legislation, so this includes knowledge of the issues of ‘aqīdah and tawḥīd and other than that – so if you see that Allaah has blessed you with this, then receive glad tidings of good because Allaah, the Most High, wished good for you.
And Imām Aḥmad said:
Al ‘ilm (knowledge) – nothing is equal to it, for the person who makes his niyyah correct.
How is the niyyah made correct, O Abū ‘Abdillaah?
(The person) has as his intention, removing ignorance from himself and from other than himself.
 Reported by al Bukhārī (71), Muslim and others from the ḥadīth of Mu’aawiyyah radi Allaahu ‘anhu.
Last edit: 10 years 9 months ago by Madeehah Ahmad.
Assalāmu'alaykum wa rahmatullaah. I thought I had deleted this thread by mistake, but since it has reappeared I'll continue with it inshaa~ Allaah and Admin are free to delete the other thread that I started (How to Purify the Intention when Seeking Knowledge)
With regards to how to attain ikhlaas( having purity of intention and sincerity) in your seeking knowledge, Shaykh Muhammad ibn Ṣāliḥ al ‘Uthaymīn raḥimahullāh states:
So if someone says to you: How does ikhlaas in seeking knowledge come about? It comes about through a (number) of matters:
1 - It is that in doing that (seeking of knowledge), you have as your intention that you are complying with Allaah’s command because Allaah, the Most High, commanded with that (seeking of knowledge).
So He said:
Have knowledge that none has the right to be worshipped except Allaah. And seek forgiveness for your sin.
Sūrah Muhammad (47) aayah 19
And he sall Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam encouraged (us) upon knowledge; and encouraging upon a matter necessitates loving it and being pleased with it and commanding with it.
2 - It is that in doing that, you intend to preserve the Sharee’ah of Allaah, because preserving the Sharee’ah of Allaah occurs through learning, and it comes about through preserving (it) in the chests (of people), and it comes about through writing down, writing down the books.
3 - It is that in doing that, you intend to protect the Sharee’ah and defend it, because were it not for the people of knowledge, then the Sharee’ah would not have been protected and no one would have defended it.
And therefore you find, for example, Shaykh ul Islām ibn Taymiyyah and other than him from the people of knowledge who resisted and blocked the people of innovation and clarified the false and futile nature of their innovations, we see that they (these people of knowledge) attained a great deal of good.
4 - It is that in doing that, your intention is to be following the Sharee’ah of Muhammad sall Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam because you are not able to follow his Sharee’ah until you have knowledge of this Sharee’ah.
With regards to the students of knowledge leaving off argumentation and accepting the Truth when it comes to them, Shaykh Muhammad ibn Ṣāliḥ al ‘Uthaymīn raḥimahullāh states:
And likewise (from the most important of matters) also is abandonment of argumentation and disputing because argumentation and disputing are a door to blocking the correct path.
For argumentation and disputing incite a person to speak and try to support himself only; even if the Truth is made clear to him, you will find him either rejecting it or else twisting it in a detestable manner, seeking to support himself and trying to force his opponent to take his statement.
So if you see argumentation and disputing from your brother, in that the Truth (in that matter) is something clear but he does not follow it, then flee from him as you would flee from a lion. And say, “I don’t have anything except this (information which I have told you)” and leave him…
So from those matters of importance for the student of knowledge is that he leave off argumentation and disputing and that he leave off those ideas which come to his mind; leave these matters and don’t be obstinate. Make your knowledge be something simple and easy – meaning (like) the Arab who came, he came upon his camel and asked the Prophet sall Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam about matters of the Religion, then he (the Arab) departed without arguing because he had nothing with him except tasleem (submission).
As for arguing and disputing and quarreling then this is something that harms the person.