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Books that the Student of Knowledge Begins with

What are the books that a student of knowledge begins with, then if he wishes progresses onto?

The books that a student at the beginning stages of seeking knowledge starts with - if he is well versed in reading and writing (Arabic) - then he should study Fathul-Majeed Sharh Kitaabut-Tawheed since it is a great book and also study Aqeedahtul Waasitiyyah by Shaykh ul-Islaam ibn Taymiyyah, and al-Qawlul Mufeed by our brother Muhammad bin Abdul Wahaab al-Wasaabi and likewise Bulugh al-Maraam and Riyaadhus Saliheen. Furthermore, once you have studied these books and you wish and desire (to move to) other books, and indeed if you are able you should begin with the memorisation of the Quraan then that is better and more virtuous. Subsequently, the issue of the Arabic language for our non-Arab brothers is very important, since if a non-Arab was not well versed in the Arabic language, it is possible that a person in a Islamic garb could come to you and explain the Quraan upon other than its correct explanation, like that which occurred with the Mutazilah.

Shaykh Muqbil bin Haadee
Tuhfatul Mujeeb Alaa Asilatil-Hadhir wal-Ghareeb, p.156, Dar al-Aathar

Translated by Abu Maryam Taariq bin 'Ali
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