The first step towards seeking knowledge is sincerity of intention

Reference: Jaami’ Bayaan al-‘Ilm wa Fadhlihi – Volume 1, Page 118

‘Alee ibn al-Hasan ibn Shaqeeq said: I heard ‘Abdullaah ibn al-Mubaarak[1] say:

The first step towards [seeking] knowledge is the [sincerity of] intention, then it is listening, then it is understanding [this knowledge], then it is memorising [this knowledge], then it is acting [upon this knowledge], then it is spreading [this knowledge].

Footnote
[1] Died 181 AH

أول العلم النية

المرجع: جامع بيان العلم و فضله – ج1 ص118

علي بن الحسن بن شقيق قال: سمعت عبد الله بن المبارك يقول: أول العلم النية، ثم الاستماع، ثم الفهم، ثم الحفظ، ثم العمل، ثم النشر.

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