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Virtues of being an Alim

Answered by: Alimah Mahdiyah Siddique

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  1. Does a person have to do aalim course to become an aalim?
  2. What’re the virtues of becoming an aalim?

In the name of Allah; the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

In response to your questions; 

  1. The term ‘Alim’ traditionally refers to graduates that have completed the Dars-E-Nizami syllabus from an Islamic institute called a Darul Uloom usually for male students and a Jamia; usually for female students. During the course of study, six major books of hadīth (Al-Kutub Al-Sitta) are taught. The person who has completed this course will be referred to as an Alim or Alimah.
  1. There are many virtues of becoming an Alim, as can be seen in the following Qur’anic verse;

 ‘Allah will raise those who have believed among you and those who were given knowledge, by degrees’. (Surah Mujādila: Verse 11)

Furthermore, in a Hadīth narrated by Ibn Abbas he said, that the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: ‘The Faqīh (person who has an understanding of religious rulings) is more severe on the Satan than a thousand worshippers’. (Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith no. 2681, p1922, Al-Kutub Al-Sitta: Darussalam)

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Written by Alimah Mahdiyah Siddique

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

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