Advice on the Right Methodology in Seeking Knowledge 

​Advice on the Right Methodology in Seeking Knowledge – [Isolating Oneself With Books and Mutoon]
Shaikh Saaleh Al-Fawzaan was asked whether it is enough to read the books and Mutoon of the people of knowledge without attending the sittings of the scholars….so the Shaikh replied, saying that this is misguidance- (regarding the path of the one) who limits himself to the books. This method is misguidance, rather one (has to go to the) scholars. Knowledge has to be acquired from the scholars. *Books are only a means similar to a weapon when you have it in your possession -are you be able to use it without learning how to use it. You have to learn how to use a weapon from those who know how to use it. They will give you instructions on how to use it. *The scholars are the ones who will train you to use the books – they know what is beneficial and sound in the books, and what is not beneficial. That is because many books are books of misguidance and evil, so none can distinguish what is in them and explain them except the people of knowledge. *It may be that the reader acquires a wrong understanding – he reads and acquires a wrong understanding, such as one who says: I read a hadeeth in Saheeh Al Bukhaari that there is cure for every illness in black seed; so he goes and consumes black seed and dies. That is because he did not ask the people of knowledge. *The scholars are the ones who know what is correct and what is incorrect. They are the one who are acquainted with the sound meanings and what is not sound. They are the ones with experience in this affair. *Will you take a book among the books of medicine and read it, then harm the people…and say I am a doctor! If this is not (allowed) in the field of medicine, then how about the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of the Messenger?! Therefore, one must go to the scholars. [Paraphrased and Abridged] 

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