by Muhammad ibn ash-Shaykh ‘Alee ibn Aadam al-Ityoobee
Translated by Aboo Shaybah
A few lines of poetry containing some general, but important, guidelines for a student to follow from the beginning stages of learning, as well as throughout the duration of study. (Taken from al-Fawaa’id as-Samiyyah, pg. 29)
 My dear one, you must know that
it is imperative in this discipline that you perfect it
 by regularly attending the gatherings of those who have preserved the knowledge,
respecting them, and without any disdain;
 memorizing, understanding, and always observing Taqwaa,
and maintaining humility towards every Muslim;
 revising, while understanding, with those of sound guidance,
avoiding those who are foolish and destructive.
 If you find none to revise with, then you must continue
poring over the statements of the well-versed scholars who preceded.
 Indeed, anyone who has been blessed to peruse
their words, with both memorization and comprehension
 shall certainly have the gates opened for him
by his Lord, who removes all barriers.
 We ask You, O Allaah, to allow us
to achieve our aspirations in this expansive field.
“Make things easy and do not make things difficult. Give glad tidings and do not repel people..”
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