Imam Yahya Al – Andulusi and his Love for Knowledge
Long ago there was a great Islamic scholar. He was known as Imam Malik. Imam Malik gave lessons of the Qur’an and the Hadeeth of Rasulullah Sallalahu Alayhi wa Sallam. Students from far and near came to learn from him. One of his students, Yahya, had come all the way from Spain to Madina to acquire Islamic knowledge from him.
One day when Imam Malik was giving lessons, a crowd passed by shouting, ‘an Elephant, an Elephant.’ Elephants being rare in Arabia, all of Imaam Malik’s pupils rushed out of the classroom in their curiosity to see the strange creature.
Yahya however, did not move from his place. Imam Malik asked him why he too was not curious to see the elephant which is not found in Spain. “Respected Muallim,” replied Yahya, “| have come here from such a distant land not to see an elephant, but to learn from you and stay in your company to gain knowledge.”
Imam Malik was very much pleased with this reply. He smiled and said, “You are a very intelligent boy.” Imam Malik said these words with such sincere affection that Allah, in his mercy, made Yahya a great and intelligent scholar of Spain.
When a student leaves home to learn, he is in the path of Allah until he returns home. Learning is an act of ‘lbaadah, which must be carried out with certain rules. Cleanliness, respect, and punctuality are the three golden rules for every student. We must be clean, and our books must be neat. We respect our teachers. We do our work on time.
(Taken from Tasheelul Akhlaaq wal Aadaab – Part 2)