Be truthful in everything, don’t lie. Be sincere and straightforward, don’t be hypocritical. Be honest, don’t be corrupt.
Be humble, don’t be boastful. Be moderate, don’t be excessive. Be reserved, don’t be garrulous. Be soft-spoken, don’t be loud.
Be refined and gentle in speech, don’t curse and use foul language. Be loving and solicitous to others, don’t be unmindful of them.
Be considerate and compassionate, don’t be harsh. Be polite and respectful to people, don’t be insulting or disrespectful. Be generous and charitable, don’t be selfish and miserly.
Be good natured and forgiving, don’t be bitter and resentful. Share and be content with what Allah has given you, don’t be greedy.
Be cheerful and pleasant, don’t be irritable and morose. Be chaste and pure, don’t be lustful. Be alert and aware of the world around you, don’t be absent-minded.
Be dignified and decent, don’t be graceless. Be optimistic and hopeful, don’t be cynical or pessimistic.
Be confident and have deep faith, don’t be doubtful and wavering. Be spiritually oriented and not materialistic. Be confident of the mercy of Allah, don’t be despairing and lose heart.
Be diligent and vigilant of your duties, don’t be negligent. Be thankful to Allah and constantly pray to Him, don’t be forgetful of His innumerable blessings.
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There is no doubt that seeking knowledge is an obligation upon every Muslim, as has been authentically reported from Al-Mustafa.
Seeking knowledge has its principles and its stages; so whoever fails to acquire or seek knowledge based on these principles and on this gradation of talab al-'ilm (seeking knowledge) such will fail to acquire it.
And this is an issue we repeatedly emphasize hoping to drive this into the hearts of the students of knowledge and those who ove knowledge, and that is to acquire knowledge piecemeal, bit by bit , over the passage of time.
As was said by the famous scholar Ibn Shihab Az-Zuhri, "Whoever aims to acquire knowledge all at once, it will leave him all at once.