Question: How does one remain firm upon the path of seeking Ilm (Knowledge)?
Answer: Shaykh Taamir Fatooh (may Allah have mercy upon him and his family) said, first one must set goals; goals in regards to why he is seeking Ilm. He must set goals and try to attain them, bi’ithnillah. Setting goals will provide him with guidance and direction. He should set goals; saying, I want to memorize Qur’aan, in shaa Allah, he strives in attaining this. He wants to memorize various books; he then sets forth in trying to attain this, in shaa Allah.
The shaykh said, the student must set goals and try to attain these goals. In shaa Allah.
(Translators’s note): We must establish Ikhlaas Lillah (Sincerity for Allah) when establishing our goals. We must establish these goals seeking Allah’s Face and entrance into His Jannah by His Rahmah (Mercy).
The Shaykh Taamir said, he began his quest for Ilm while in his late 20’s. He began by memorizing Qur’aan. Next he said that he wanted to educate himself, so he entered the Ma’had (Learning center) of Ansaar was-Sunnah Al-Muhammadiyyah in Abdeen, Cairo; in which he completed his studies in 4 years. Along with 10 years of attending the various classes which were found in Masjid At-Tawheed in Abdeen, Cairo.
He studied with Shuyookh such as Ahmad Fahmiyy (rahimahullah), as well as Hasan Abdul-Wahaab Al-Bannaa, Aadil Sayyid and Aliyy Waseefiyy (hafithahumullah alaa khayr). He said that he began his studies by learning the books of Usool (Foundations) of Aqeedah (Creed), Fiqh (Legislation), Tafseer (Explanation of Qur’aan) and Hadeeth.
May Allah bless and reward with good all of the Scholars and students of Ahlus-Sunnah and have mercy upon them all.
Translated by: Aboo Abdir-Rahmaan Abdur-Raqeeb