Know, that a student cannot attain knowledge, and if he does, his knowledge cannot be useful to him except he honours, respect and exalts knowledge, the people of knowledge and his teachers. A saying goes that: ‘No one can attain any feat except he observes sanctity and no one gets destroyed except he stops observing the principle of sanctity’.
Hence, it is said that sanctity is better than conformance. Do you know that a man isn’t considered to have disbelieved when he commits sins? He only disbeliefs when he takes it lightly, considers it to be nothing and does not observe the principles of sacrosanctness (of knowledge).
It should be noted as important that you only honour knowledge when you honour those that inherit it; the teachers. Aliy (May Allah be pleased with him) said: I’m a servant to whoever teaches me a letter; he can sell me, set me free or enslave me if he so desires.’
The path towards knowledge does not promise to be sweet and rosy. No one becomes knowledgeable until he has tasted problems at different intervals of his journey. Rejection, anxiety, unease, tongue lashing, headache, denial from the sweetness of life, sleeplessness and so many other things unwanted to the soul and against the natural creation of man are the things to be faced by he that seeks knowledge.
But as unwanted as they are deemed to be, it should be likened to an iron being hit by the blacksmith on the same spot while being continuously fired. The process isn’t easy, but the outcome is enviable, beautiful and expensive. Above all, pray to Allah to grant you patience, for knowledge, in the real sense of it, takes time!