Three practical advices from Hakeemul Ummat Mujaddid-e-Millat for all Talib-e-‘Ilm. The following is an excerpt from a lecture given by Shaikhul Hadith Hadhrat Maulana Doktor Mufti Nizamuddin Shamzai at Jamiatul Uloom Binori Town Karachi.
Hakeemul Ummat Hadhrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (Rahimullah) said, “I guarantee, that the Talib-e-‘Ilm (seeker of knowledge) who practices on three points becomes a great ‘Alim.”
(1) First of all the Talib-e-‘Ilm should study the lesson before getting it taught. Many students complain that they don’t understand the lesson when studying first, “Yes, we study before-hand but don’t understand the lesson.” Although it is not necessary to fully understand the lesson at the time of preparing it. The preparing of the Talib-e-‘Ilm should be only for him to find out how much of tomorrow’s lesson he does understand and he does not, and how many points the lesson includes.
(2) The second thing is, that when the Ustad (teacher) teaches the lesson the student is present with his mind, heart and body.Some students are not even present in the Ustad’s lesson and of those who are present some understand that, we came just to listen to the lesson and we are favoring the Ustad by our presence.
However the way the body is present the same way the heart should stay present. That’s the miracle of the Ustad’s throne. When Allah Ta’ala bestows this throne on you, then you will find this out, too. That the Ustad realizes which student is listening and which is not and which student is understanding and which is not.
(3) The third point is to repeat the lesson the Ustad has taught at least three times. Hadhrat Thanvi (Rahimullah) said, this has always been my routine and is still today. Whoever practices upon these three points I give him the guarantee of becoming a great ‘Alim.
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