Summarized Advice Related to Following/Listening to Lessons
The student needs to take his time and choose 1 or 2 lessons to follow, not all of them at first.
The student should make sure he gives ample time to memorizing Quran and Mutoon. The Salaf discouraged a student from attending various lessons if he hadn’t yet memorized Quran. Although it is not forbidden, it is disliked and thus, a student should give a good portion of his time to Quran, and not neglect memorization.
It is vital that a student organizes his time. He should print the schedule of the lessons that he wants to attend and he should make sure he is consistent. In order for a person to benefit from the lessons, he has to make them a main priority in his life. It is not befitting that he attends sometimes, and doesn’t attend other times.
He should make sure he attends with complete focus and attention, not just turning on the sound while being involved in other things.
The student should try his very best to be prepared for lessons. He should have the book which is being read from, his pens, and his notebook for writing notes.
He should also read the chapter prior to the scholar explaining it. This will give him an understanding of what will be taught, and if he has any questions, he should write them down before the lesson begins. It’s possible that during the lesson, the scholar will answer his questions.
If a student happens to miss a lesson, he should make free time to listen to the recorded lessons that he has missed.
A student should also designate a portion of his weekly time for reviewing the materials that he has learned. With this being said, it is clear that the student:
a. Reads before the lessons
b. Attends the lessons
c. Reviews and reads the materials after the lessons
This informs that knowledge is a continuous cycle of reading and reviewing.
It is recommended that students encourage others to also seek knowledge and attend the live broadcasted lessons. This will create an atmosphere of ‘elm, and when these 2 (or more) people meet in the masjid, or speak on the phone, they can discuss what they have learned and encourage one another to strive harder.
It is recommended that the student has the actual book, and not the eBook. Although eBooks are useful, they will never take the place of the actual book, and thus the student should spend money and effort in obtaining and building an Arabic library.
These were just a few points on seeking knowledge by way of the live broadcast lessons, and indeed there is much more advice for the seekers of knowledge, but we leave you with the statement of our beloved scholar and teacher Shaikh Saleh al Fowzan (حفظه الله تعالى) said:
“There is no excuse for any of us to be lazy in seeking knowledge, for indeed Allah has made it easy for us!!”
Source: Adaab al Talib al ‘Elm pg. 21
May the Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon Muhammad, and upon his family members and companions.
Mustafa George DeBerry
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Jamadul Awal 22, 1435 | March 23, 2014