Joined: Feb 2006
as Salaamu 'alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh, |
Brothers and Sisters, the following is a small excerpt from a book entitled "Ten Guidelines for Strengthening One's Memory and the Remedy for Forgetfulness" by ash-Shaykh Badr ibn 'Alee al-'Utaybee.
The book is about memorization and the importance of it, the Shaykh laid out ten different ways the student can follow to strengthen his or her memory, this is very important, especially for the student of knowledge, a sharp memory is a great asset when it comes to seeking Knowledge. I want to benefit the brothers with one of the points that the Shaykh presents in his book, more specifically "Preserving Knowledge by Writing it down"
The Shaykh begins with a Hadeeth of the Messenger of Allaah -salallaahu
'alayhi wa sallam- where he -salallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam- says:
"Preserve Knowledge by writing it down"
So all that has been learned from knowledge, it should be recorded so that
it does not get lost.
There were Scholars in the past who used to write and copy whole books by hand, over and over again until they memorized it.
And from that, is what adh-Dhahabee has reported in his book "Tadkiratul-Huffaadh" He [adh-Dhahabee] mentions that ibn al-Khaadiba ad-Daqaaq wrote/copied all of Saheeh Muslim seven times.
And he mentions ibn Marzooq al-Harawee, he wrote/copied the collection of
at-Tirmidhee six times [until he memorized it].
And he mentions Abeel-Fadl al-Maqdisee known as ibn Qaysaraanee, he [ibn
Qaysaraanee] wrote/copied the Saheehayn [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree and Saheel al-Muslim] and the Sunan of Abu Dawood seven times. And the Sunan of ibn Maajah ten times.
And he mentions ibnul-Jawzee and that he wrote a thousand volumes by hand.
And he mentions that Shaykhul-Islaam ibn Taymiyyah copied Sunan Abee Dawood six times.
And from them were those who would write Ahadeeth on small pieces of
paper, and put them in their pockets, and they would look at them from
time to time, up until they memorized the hadeeth they had written down on
the little piece of paper.
There is nothing more beautiful today than to see some of the students of knowledge who carry small pocket notebooks, they record in it benefits, until they memorize them.
was Salaamu 'alaykum wa rahmatullaah,
Abu Sulaymaan Hamza Kantarevic