The Difference between a Student of Knowledge and a Student of the Internet (via The Aqeedah and Manhaj of the Salaf-as-Saalih)

This article doesn’t imply that genuine knowledge can not be obtained from the internet. I think what it is speaking more about is the lack of adab or ikhlaq of those who are studying deen but for the wrong reasons. A lot of those people DO get most of their information from the internet but they don’t use it in a beneficial way. It’s more to make themselves seem superior and others seem inferior in knowledge.

Another thing this article reminded me is that you should always, always check your intentions, especially when you are studying Islam. Remember that famous and scary hadith about intentions:

On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) say:

“The first of people against whom judgment will be pronounced on the Day of Resurrection will be a man who died a martyr. He will be brought and Allah will make known to him His favours and he will recognize them.

[The Almighty] will say: ‘And what did you do about them?’

He will say: ‘I fought for You until I died a martyr.’

He will say: ‘You have lied – you did but fight that it might be said [of you]: ‘He is courageous.’’ And so it was said.

Then he will be ordered to be dragged along on his face until he is cast into Hell-fire.

[Another] will be a man who has studied [religious] knowledge and has taught it and who used to recite the Qur’an. He will be brought and Allah will make known to him His favours and he will recognize them.

[The Almighty] will say: ‘And what did you do about them?’

He will say: ‘I studied [religious] knowledge and I taught it and I recited the Qur’an for Your sake.’

He will say: ‘You have lied – you did but study [religious] knowledge that it might be said [of you]: ‘He is learned.’’ And you recited the Qur’an that it might be said [of you]: ‘He is a reciter.’ And so it was said.

Then he will be ordered to be dragged along on his face until he is cast into Hell-fire.

[Another] will be a man whom Allah had made rich and to whom He had given all kinds of wealth. He will be brought and Allah will make known to him His favours and he will recognize them.

[The Almighty] will say: ‘And what did you do about them?’

He will say: ‘I left no path [un-trodden] in which You like money to be spent without spending in it for Your sake.’

He will say: ‘You have lied – you did but do so that it might be said [of you]: ‘He is open-handed.’’ And so it was said.

Then he will be ordered to be dragged along on his face until he is cast into Hell-fire.”

–Muslim (also by at-Tirmidhi and an-Nasa’i)

By Shaykh Abu Malik Abdul Hameed (may Allah preserve him) A Student of knowledge: He is the one who before doing anything fixes his soul. Then he maintains his soul to upright character. Therefore he becomes an example for others, in his character and manners. The student of knowledge strives for knowledge and benefit. The seeker of ilm does his utmost to sit with scholarly men, people of piety and in circles of knowledge. The person striving to … Read More

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