Advice from Shaikh Ibn ‘Uthaimeen

He said regarding seeking knowledge:

“And then I advise the one who wishes to seek knowledge to choose a trustworthy scholar in his knowledge and religion, who is upon the correct belief, upon the correct methodology and is upright regarding his direction. This is because the student becomes a copy of his teacher. Therefore, if Allah blessing him with a teacher who is upright and upon correctness then he would traverse upon his methodology and if it is the other way around he would go astray like his teacher went astray.

If it is that he is unable to reach such a teacher that has been described that nowadays, and Allah praise is due to Allah, things have become easier and the voices of the scholars reach to the end of the world through tapes. Therefore it is possible for him to learn from the scholar from what he hears from the tape and then writes that which is problematic to him from speech then he presents it to the scholar who was on the tape either by telephone or fax or through writing. Everything is easy, and all praise is due to Allah. And it is known that taking knowledge from a scholar is closer to gaining knowledge, quicker and safer from a person making mistakes. And for this reason we find that the ones who take from book only that their mistakes are plenty and they do not reach the goal in seeking knowledge except after a long time. But in necessity there is no problem from taking knowledge from books and tapes and the likes of this with the condition that these books and tapes are taken from the one that is trustworthy in his knowledge, religion and methodology”.

ثم إني أنصح من أراد طلب العلم أن يختار شيخاً له موثوقاً في علمه وموثوقاً في دينه سليم العقيدة سليم المنهج مستقيم الاتجاه لأن التلميذ سيكون نسخة من أُستاذه فإن وفق الله له أستاذاً سليماً مستقيماً صار على نهجه وإن كانت الأخرى فسينحرف كما انحرف أُستاذه فإذا قُدّر أنه لا يستطيع الوصول إلى مثل هذا الأستاذ الموصوف بما ذكرنا فقد اتسع الأمر ولله الحمد في الآونة الأخيرة وصارت أصوات العلماء تصل إلى أقصى الدنيا عبر الشريط فيمكنه أن يقرأ على الأستاذ بما يسمعه من الشريط ويقيد ما يشكل عليه من الكلام ويراجع به الأستاذ المتكلم إما عن طريق الهاتف أو عن طريق الفاكس أو عن طريق المكاتبة كل شيء متيسر ولله الحمد ومعلوم أن تلقي العلم عن الشيخ أقرب إلى التحصيل وأسرع وأسلم من الزلل ولهذا نجد الذين يعتمدون على مجرد قراءة الكتب يحصل منهم الخطأ الكثير ولا يصلون إلى الغاية من العلم إلا بعد زمن طويل لكن عند الضرورة لا بأس أن تستند إلى الكتب وإلى الأشرطة وما أشبه ذلك بشرط أن تكون هذه الأشرطة والكتب عن مأمون في علمها ودينه ومنهج

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