Helping Yourself Seek Knowledge

I received the following email from brother Navaid Aziz. Some brothers here in the West had asked him for help in formulating a methodology for learning Islamic knowledge on their own. He encouraged those who received the email to forward it or post it to the various Islamic messageboard sites. I thought I’d post it here for those of you who visit my blog. Feel free to spread it to whoever you feel will benefit. I’ve edited it slightly (mostly spelling and translating some Arabic phrases into English), so if it differs from other copies you might receive, that’s why.

Dearly beloved,

as-Salâm ‘alaikum wa rahamatullah wa barakâtuh.

Living in the West most of us have struggled in studying the Arabic language, primarily for being able to read and understand the very speech of our Creator and at the same time to increase ourselves in knowledge of this beautiful and perfect religion. As Allah -glorified and exalted is He- Himself commanded His noble prophet -may Allah send salutations and peace upon him-: «And say, “My Lord, increase me in knowledge.”»

This email has two target audiences and goals:

  1. For those of you who have been blessed to learn and know the Arabic language, this is a guide to the various resources available on the Internet pertaining to methodologies in seeking knowledge, books of knowledge along with their explanations, as well as various pointers pertaining to specific aspects of seeking knowledge.
  2. For those of you who are still struggling to learn Arabic, or haven’t taken upon the noble task of learning, this is something to encourage you to learn the Arabic language so that you can facilitate your journey in seeking knowledge, and realize how much you are actually missing out on.

I’ve broken down the crux of this message into five main topics, and have included a relevant link for each topic (just click on the title). As you will notice each link contains several further links. From those further links I have selected the ones I thought were the most relevant and beneficial to make it easy upon those who have time constraints. However if one is able to, I  do suggest going through each link individually. After having gone through the first four subjects, I’m hoping you will agree the fifth truly is a hidden treasure.

May Allah grant you success.

1- An introduction to methodologies in seeking knowledge




2- How does one go about reading the various subjects





3- How does one go about memorizing the various subjects




4- How does one go about studying the various subjects





5- The text and audio explanations to a good portion of books that every student of knowledge will need. Mainly by Sh. Ibn ‘uthaymeen (raheemahullah) and Sh. Saaleh Aal-Ash-shaikh.

I pray this was of benefit to you, and I ask Allah -the most high- to grant us all beneficial knowledge, righteous actions, and sincerity in speech and action. Âmîn.

Was-salâm ‘alaikum wa rahamatullah wa barakâtuh,
~Navaid Aziz

P.S.- Do not deprive yourselves from reward, nor others from beneficial knowledge, by not forwarding this on your emailing lists or sharing it on Islamic message boards.


About Rasheed Gonzales
My name is Rasheed Gonzales. I’m a Muslim convert of Filipino descent. Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, I was guided to Islam through one of my younger brothers and a couple of friends, all of whom had converted to Islam sometime before me (may Allah reward them greatly). I am married with four children (and the praise is Allah’s) and also a volunteer for the Qur'an & Sunnah Society of Canada, based in Toronto.

2 Responses to Helping Yourself Seek Knowledge

  1. Umm Hafsah says:

    JazaakumAllahu khaira
    thank you

  2. ab0zayd says:

    Assalamu ‘allaykum,

    I would like to recommend all the brothers who are serious about studying to study the tapes of Shayk Saalih Al-Fawzan for they contain much benefit in addition to his books. The Shayk is excellent at explaining difficult issues…especially on his book Al-Mulakhas Al-Fiqhi (two vol.).


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