How can a person seek knowledge during the blessed month of Ramadan?


A. (Dr. Zakir): Seeking knowledge is a very good act, especially when in the month of Ramadan. There are various ways a person can seek knowledge,

  • Reciting the Qur’an, which is (the most) recommended act during Ramadan
  • A person should even read the translation of the Qur’an (in the language he understands most)
  • He should read the book of Hadith. And as far as possible, he should read the books which are ‘Saheeh’ – the books of authentic Hadith. Best is the ‘Kutub al-Sittah’ which is the collection of six books of Hadith,
    • ‘Sahih al-Bukhari’
    • ‘Sahih Muslim’
    • ‘Sunan Abu Dawud’
    • ‘Sunan al-Tirmidhi’
    • ‘Sunan al-Nasa’i’
    • ‘Sunan Ibn Majah’

If time does not permit, you should read ‘Saheeh al-Bukhari’ and ‘Saheeh Muslim’. If time does not permit, then you should read the summarized version of ‘Saheeh al-Bukari’ or summarized version of ‘Saheeh Muslim’ and if time does not permit even that then at least read the ‘Muttafaq`Alaih’ – the ‘Saheeh’ Hadith which are common between ‘al-Bukhari’ and ‘Muslim’.

  • You can read the book of ‘seerah’ of the Prophet ﷺ. And the best book on the ‘seerah’ of the Prophet ﷺ in English language is ‘Ar-Raheeq Al-Maktum’ – The Sealed Nectar, which speaks about the biography of the Prophet ﷺ. There is another book on the ‘seerah’ of the Prophet ﷺ – The Life of Muhammad ﷺ by Tahia Al-Ismail, even that’s a good book
  • A person can acquire knowledge by attending programs, he can go to an Islamic organization, attend lectures, attend seminars, this will increase his knowledge.*
  • He can watch videos of Islamic lectures, listen to Islamic audio podcasts, he can browse authentic Islamic websites and gain knowledge

So these are ways in which a person can acquire knowledge. And this is a good way of spending your time in the month of Ramadan, acquiring knowledge and surely you will be benefited and you get a great deal of reward, insha’Allah.

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