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Concerning Knowledge...

Shaykh al Islām Ibn Taymīyyah said: "al-ʿĪbādah (worship) is obedience to Allāh by following that which He ordered upon the tongues of His Messengers." He also said: "al-ʿĪbādah (worship) is a comprehensive term covering everything that Allāh loves and is pleased with - whether saying or actions, outward or inward." [Majmūʿ al-Fatāwá (10/49)]

Imām al-Ājurrī said: The seeker of knowledge should know that Allāh - The Mighty and Majestic - has made the worship of Allāh obligatory upon him. And that this worship is not possible without knowledge, the seeking of which has also been made obligatory upon him. He should also realize that ignorance is not befitting for a believer. He should seek knowledge in order to dispel ignorance from himself, and to worship Allāh - The Mighty and Majestic - as Allāh has commanded, not as he desires to worship Him. So the seeker of knowledge should strive hard in his quest, be sincere in his striving, and not be amazed with himself. Rather he should recognize that this is a favour from Allāh upon him, since it was Allāh who gave him the ability to acquire such knowledge, by which he is able to fulfill his obligations and keep away from that which is forbidden. [Akhlāq al-Ulamāʾ (p. 43).]

Imām al-Shāfiʿī said: It is obligatory for every Muslim to learn the al-ʿArabīc tongue, to the utmost of his ability in order to be able to profess through it that there is none worthy of worship other than Allāh, and that Muḥammad is His slave and Messenger, and to recite in [the al-ʿArabīc tongue] the Book of Allāh, and to speak in mentioning what is incumbent upon him - the Takbeer (of the prayer), and what [other matters] are commanded, the Tasbīḥ, the Tashahhud, and others. [Al-Risālah (p. 93)]

ʿAbdullāh Ibn Masʿūd said: Indeed I hold that a person forgets knowledge he used to know because of the sins that he commits. [Related by Wakīʿ in Al-Zuhd (no. 329), and it's chain of narration is authentic.]

Wakīʿ said: I seek help in memorization by abandoning sin, and disobedience. [Related by Ibn Hibbān in Rawdhatul 'Uqalá (p. 39).]

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