Good Manners 9: Respect The Knowledge By Taking Notes
In a secular class or lecture, students are required to take notes as an important aid in memorizing the material and to demonstrate respect for the speaker. So what about when we sit with Awliya Allah, who receive knowledge directly from Prophet Muhammad ﷺ? Their words are infinite treasures! Their knowledge is higher than that of any PhD, or experts in a specific field, or global business leaders. So should we not be humble, respectful, grateful… and take notes?
I have hundreds of my personal notebooks of Grandshaykh AbdAllah’s and Mawlana Shaykh Nazim’s talks (may Allah preserve their secrets), which is the heavenly way. Yet despite being reminded, today when we sit in a suhbah, from a hundred students perhaps two come prepared and take notes. Many are distracted, looking around observing others, or playing on their cell phones. What level of knowledge do you think comes on such a gathering? Although the shaykh loves to share everything with his students, in this situation he must withhold higher knowledge as the students are not yet ready.
~ Shaykh Hisham Kabbani 💕