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The etiquettes of Students of Sacred Knowledge

The etiquettes of Students



If you are a student, then you should observe the praiseworthy rules of a student’s dealing with a learned man. These rules are:


1) to greet the learned man first

2) to speak little in his presence

3) not to speak much so long as his teacher does not ask him anything,

4) not to ask him questions before receiving his permission

5) not to say, by the way of objection to his words, “So-and-so said contrary to what you have said’,

6) not to argue against his opinion in such a way as to show that he knows the truth than his teacher,

7) not to argue against his companions in his meetings

8)not to look around but to sit with downcast eyes, quietly and courteously as if he were engaged in ritual prayer

9) not to speak to him much when he is tired

10) to stand up in order to show respect for him when he stands

11) Not to follow him speaking and questioning and asking him questions along the street until reaches home,

12) not to imagine evil of him in regard to those of his actions which appear abdominable. The teacher knows better concerning his secret affaris.

13) When some actions of the teacher appears abdominable , the student should recollect the complaint made by the prophet Moses to Al-Khedar(may peace be on them both):

“Have you made a hole in the boat to drown the people in it? You have indeed, done a strange thing”(Qur’an 18:71)


In fact he Moses was wrong in his complaint, which he made relying upon the outward appearance (of what al- Khedar did).


From The beginning of Guidance (bidayat al-hidaya) p. 77 fromImam Ghazali translated by Mashhad Al-Allaf


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The people of knowledge are the heirs of the Prophets and and they inherit knowledge. The one who takes knowledge is taking an ample share. And if someone travels a path in quest of knowledge, Allah will make his path to the Garden

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