Advice To a Student of Knowledge Who Feels Like Leaving Seeking Knowledge – Shaikh Abdul-Muhsin al-‘Abbad

Question: I am a student of knowledge in the Islamic University and now I do not know what happened to me in terms that I want to leave studying. So advise me. May Allah reward you with good.

Answer: “This affair which you are thinking of in terms of leaving studying, is it an affair connected to those behind you [i.e. your family]? Or has aversion, abandonment, anxiety, and boredom afflicted you and due to that you cannot study?

If those behind you [i.e your family] need you and there is no one to take your place in that, and so you want to leave off studying, then this has a valid reason/argument. If the affair is related to the fact that a [internal] disturbance has afflicted you and [you feel] a lack of comfort, then it is upon you to perform ruqyah on yourself, seek another person to perform ruqyah on you, and go to a doctor to cure yourself. If the affair is like this, then do this”.

[Sharh Arba’een an-Nawawiyyah no. 21]

Translated by

Faisal Ibn Abdul Qaadir Ibn Hassan
Abu Sulaymaan

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