Etiquettes of Seeking Knowlege

Salamualaykum,
“I showed humility as a student, and so I was given respect as a teacher”–Ibn Abbas (RA)
  • Etiquettes of Joining a Gathering:
    • The best of you are those who have the best manners and character.
    • The best of you is he who learns the Qur’an and teaches others.
    • When you arrive at a gathering, give your Salaams if the class is not already in session.
    • Try to keep company with people of good character (this shouldn’t be a problem iA).
    • Take a seat wherever you find room. Don’t look for a specific place that may dislodge someone or block their view.
    • If there is a circle, don’t sit in the middle.
    • Sit as close to the front as possible because it makes it easier for the one coming after you and shows the teacher your eagerness to learn.
    • Don’t try to separate two people who are sitting together.
    • If you are in a group and someone comes late, open the circle and make room for them
    • No two people should talk to each other in confidence while in a gathering.
    • Seek the permission of the one who is leading the gathering before speaking.
    • Let the person in charge be the person in charge.
    • One person should speak at a time and give everyone a chance to participate.
    • Do not bring up another issue until one topic is complete. Ask relevant questions.
    • The chair person should pay attention to all members. Have volunteers and victims ;)

  • Mosque and Class Etiquettes:
    • Keep the mosque populated, as well as a place where the word of Allah is being mentioned. Attend regularly.
    • Go to the mosque and to class with eagerness.
    • During your break, make the intention that you are refreshing yourself to go back to the Qur’an.
    • Keep the mosque and the classroom tidy. Check your area.
    • Sit down in peace and avoid worldly talk, obnoxious behavior, excessive laughter, etc.
    • Don’t ban children completely, rather make a separate area for them. Better yet, teach them the etiquettes and take care of them.
    • One should ask Allah for forgiveness after the gathering just in case anything said was incorrect. Make it your email signature.
    • Subhanakallahumma wabihamdika ash-haduallailaha illa anta, astaghfiruka wa atubuilayk.
    • Interact and participate with sincerity.
    • Whoever enters knowledge alone, exits alone. They didn’t get anything, no ‘ilm.
    • Ibn Al Mubarak: Good manners are almost 2/3 of knowledge.
  • Manners of the Student:
    • Not talking when the teachers is talking.
    • Respect for the teacher, subject, neighbor, peers, yourself.
    • Raise your hand.
    • Sincerity.
    • Do not have any jealousy or hatred.
    • Do not have an attitude of pride and shyness because it will stop you from learning. Pride makes you think you know everything. Shyness makes you scared of asking questions.
    • Leaving sins. Feel the importance of knowledge, realize its weight and sanctity. Give knowledge its due right.
    • Study regularly. Find the best way to study.
    • Help others learn.
  • Teacher/Student relationship:
    • Kind of like the doctor/patient relationship.
    • Patient/student should listen to what they’re being told.
    • There must be trust.
    • Bani Israel did not trust Musa (AS), don’t be like them!
    • Trust requires patience.
    • Proper etiquette.
    • Be patient with the faults of the teacher. No one is perfect.
    • The reason you must show respect to your teacher in a gathering of knowledge is because they are talking about Allah and Rasulullah (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam). Qur’an and Sunnah.
  • Manners with fellow students:
    • “A Muslim is the one from whose hands and tongue other Muslims are safe.” [Tirmidhi]
    • No fear of being hurt.
    • Giving all peers their right.
    • Love each other for the sake of Allah. You are all learning for the same reason.
    • Always think good of them and help them in their studies.
    • Make du’a for them. Whoever prays for his brother behind his back, an Angel will make the same du’a for him.

Source: Al Huda Notes

Allahu ‘Alim

-Fi Amanillah-

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