in Comparisons

The Best and Worst Intentions behind Seeking Knowledge

The loftiest aspiration in seeking knowledge is to seek knowledge of the Book and the Sunnah, to understand from Allāh and His Messenger what was actually meant, and to know the limits [set out] by revelation. The most despicable intent of the student of knowledge is to restrict his concerns to picking out odd issues, what was not revealed, or what is hypothetical; or to concern oneself with finding out about differences of opinion and the views of others, without being concerned with what is correct amongst those opinions. Such a person seldom benefits from his knowledge.