As we all know Allah can open doors to understand one’s din no matter where one lives.
Students in the hot Mauritanian desert are reclining in nomadic tents, listening to their teacher exposit a classical treatise on Maliki law, meticulously taking notes on a clay tablet that they will later memorize rote and wipe clean
Students in the bustling city of Damascus are catching a taxi to their teacher’s apartment, where they will sip tea on comfortable sofas as they listen to a lesson on logic, jotting notes in the margins of the modern printed text, recording their teacher’s voice on a digital mp3 player for future reference.
Students in rural India are sitting cross-legged on the floor among a sea of other students, absorbing the words of their teacher as he explains a hadith in Sahih al-Bukhari from a handwritten manuscript.
These are all forms of traditional learning
Seeking knowledge traditionally does not have to embody a particular outward form. Rather, it consists of core principles whose external realization differs with time and place. The thread that connects these principles is the metaphor of inheritance, a metaphor that has been used in the Qur’an, hadith, and scholarly literature to explain how knowledge is acquired.