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The Patience Of The Pious Predecessors In Seeking Knowledge - Abridged English Translation Of صفحات من صبر العلماء علي شدائد العلم والتحصيل

Abdul Fattah Abu Guddah

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This is an abridged English translation of the beautiful and emotional book authored in Arabic 
صفحات من صبر العلماء علي شدائد العلم والتحصيل by Shaikh Abdul Fattah Abu Guddah about the stories of perseverance, struggles and sacrifices of scholars in  their dedication to pursuit of Islamic knowledge.

The book will help you come closer to Allah SWT, by realising the patience of the righteous predecessors in their path of seeking knowledge. The stories of the pious predecessors strengthen one's Imaan and are an admonishment for the people who reason as Allah SWT states:

وَكُلًّا نَّقُصُّ عَلَيْكَ مِنْ أَنبَاءِ الرُّسُلِ مَا نُثَبِّتُ بِهِ فُؤَادَكَ

And We relate to you (O Prophet) the stories of the messengers to reassure your heart. 
[Surah Hud 11:120 - Clear Quran Thematic English Translation By Dr. Mustafa Al-Khattab]


لَقَدْ كَانَ فِي قَصَصِهِمْ عِبْرَةٌ لِّأُولِي الْأَلْبَابِ

وَكُلًّا نَّقُصُّ عَلَيْكَ مِنْ أَنبَاءِ الرُّسُلِ مَا نُثَبِّتُ بِهِ فُؤَادَكَ ۚ وَجَاءَكَ فِي هَٰذِهِ الْحَقُّ وَمَوْعِظَةٌ وَذِكْرَىٰ لِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ - 11:120

In their stories there is truly a lesson for people of reason.
[Surah Yusuf 12:111 - Clear Quran Thematic English Translation By Dr. Mustafa Al-Khattab]

The inspirational stories in this book will illuminate the value of knowledge in your heart so that its brightness will take you from the bottom of knowledge to its zenith.




Chapter 1: Description of The Travelling Of The Scholars, And Their Long Journeys For Knowledge

Chapter 2: Description of the scholars sacrificing their sleep, comfort and all of their pleasures and entertainment

Chapter 3: Description of the scholars in their patience on poverty and their struggle of life

Chapter 4: Description of the scholars' hunger and their thirst during the hot weather for hours and days

Chapter 5: Stories of the scholars' wealth running out

Chapter 6: Stories of the reaction of the scholars upon losing their books, selling them at the time of their hardships and buying them at the expense of selling their clothes

Chapter 7: Stories of the scholars who gave preference to knowledge, being occupied in travelling, writing books and benefiting themselves and others, over marriage

Chapter 8: Stories of the scholars spending their wealth, selling their possessions to gain knowledge, travelling and meeting scholars, buying books, pen and paper, and writing books

Chapter 9: Scattered pearls for students of knowledge

Chapter 10: Four golden nuggets for every student of knowledge

Title: The Patience Of The Pious Predecessors In Seeking Knowledge
Author: Abdul Fattah Abu Guddah
Translator: Suhaib Sirajuddin
Suhaib Sirajuddin
Self Published
Pages: 151
Volumes: 1
Size:  16.8 cm x 24.2 cm
Binding: Hardback
Edition Number: 1st
Year Of Publication:
Weight:  0.51 kg


Shaykh Abdul Fattah Abu Guddah was born in Syria in 1917. One of the outstanding Muslim scholars of the 20th century, Shaykh Abu Ghuddah was a leading scholar in the field of Hadith and of the Hanafi school of Fiqh. He studied in Syria and Egypt specializing in Arabic Language, Hadith, Shariah and Psychology. 

He had many prominent teachers, amongst them Shaykh Ragib al-Tabbakh, Shaykh Ahmed ibn Muhamad al-Zaraqa, Shaykh Isa al-Bayanuni, Shaykh Ahmad al-Kurdi and the renounced Ottoman Scholar Imam al-Kawthari. He met Imam Hasan al-Banna in the 1940s and joined the Muslim Brotherhood. 

On his return to Syria he became very active in his dawah work and eventually he became the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria. He taught Usul al-Fiqh, Hanafi Fiqh and Comparative Fiqh at the University of Damascus. He also taught at the King Saud University and Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University. He was buried in al-Baqi Cemetery in Madinah in 1997.

Suhaib Sirajudin received his Degree in Islamic theology from Darul Uloom Al Arabiyya Al Islamiyah, Bury (UK). He then continued his studies for a Degree in Software Engineering at Blackburn College, an associate college of Lancaster University, and for his master’s in computer security from the University of Liverpool.

He further studied for a Diploma in Counselling for marriage issues, Drugs, Stress and Family Counselling. After completing his studies, he travelled to Saudi Arabia and taught at the Jubail University in Jubail, Eastern Province.

He is the author of the famous book 'Master Quranic Arabic in 24 Hours​'.




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