Another version of the Hadith cautioning against incorrect intentions when seeking knowledge

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عن أنس قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: من طلب العلم ليباهي به العلماء ويماري به السفهاء أو يصرف وجوه الناس إليه فهو في النار


Imam Bazzar (rahimahullah) has recorded this Hadith on the authority of Sayyiduna Anas (radiyallahu ‘anhu).

Sayyiduna Anas (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reported that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Whoever seeks knowledge to be to be boastful over the ‘Ulama or to debate the foolish or to turn the people’s attention towards him, will be the fire.”

(Musnad Bazzar, Hadith: 7295)

Similar Hadiths have also been recorded on the authority of Sayyiduna Ka’b ibn Malik and Sayyiduna Jabir (radiyallahu ‘anhuma). See here and here

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

This answer was collected from The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

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