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Ibn Al-Mubarak on Knowledge: A man becomes ignorant when he stops seeking knowledge

February 17, 2016

Nu’aim ibn Hammad reported: Ibn Al-Mubarak, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “A man will continue to have knowledge as long as he is seeking knowledge. If he assumes that he has knowledge, then he has become ignorant.”

Source: al-Mujālasah wa Jawāhir 312

In another narration, it was said, “For how long will you seek knowledge?” Ibn Al-Mubarak said, “Until death, if Allah wills. Perhaps the words that will benefit me have not yet been written.”

Source: Jāmi’ Bayān al-‘Ilm 428

An-Nawawi reported: Sa’eed ibn Jubair, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “A man will continue to have knowledge as long as he is learning. If he forsakes knowledge and assumes that he is sufficient and already has enough, then he will become ignorant.”

Source: al-Majmū’ Sharḥ al-Muhadhab 1/56

عن نعيم بن حماد قَالَ ابْنُ الْمُبَارَكِ رحمه الله لَا يَزَالُ الْمَرْءُ عَالِمًا مَا طَلَبَ الْعِلْمَ فَإِذَا ظَنَّ أَنَّهُ قَدْ عَلِمَ فَقَدْ جَهِلَ

312 المجالسة وجواهر العلم للدينوري

وفي رواية أخرى قِيلَ لابْنِ الْمُبَارَكِ إِلَى مَتَى تَطْلُبُ الْعِلْمَ قَالَ حَتَّى الْمَمَاتِ إِنْ شَاءَ اللَّهُ لَعَلَّ الْكَلِمَةَ الَّتِي تَنْفَعُنِي لَمْ أَكْتُبْهَا بَعْدُو

428 جامع بيان العلم وفضله لابن عبد البر

عن النووي وَقَالَ سَعِيدُ بْنُ جُبَيْرٍ رحمه الله لَا يَزَالُ الرَّجُلُ عَالِمًا مَا تَعَلَّمَ فَإِذَا تَرَكَ الْعِلْمَ وَظَنَّ أَنَّهُ قَدْ اسْتَغْنَى وَاكْتَفَى بِمَا عِنْدَهُ فَهُوَ أَجْهَلُ مَا يَكُونُ

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