Placing Importance Upon the Book and the Sunnah
By Imaam ‘Abdul ‘Azeez Bin Baaz (rahimahullah)
Translated by Abu ‘Abdis Salaam Siddiq Al Juyaanee
From the most important and greatest of affairs is to have an extreme concern for the Noble Qur’an. Verily the Noble Qur’an is the summit (and source) of all good. True happiness emanates from it so it is incumbent that the youth concern (and busy) themselves with the book of Allah. Thus, they should own a portion of its recitation (by reciting it much), reflect and contemplate over its meanings, and memorize it; until they can extract from it that which Allah intends for His servants to know from the rules and legislative laws, commands, prohibitions, information and stories. Consequently (and by way of which), they will be upon true clarity with regards to that which has passed and that which will come; as well as upon true clarity with regards to Allah’s rules and legislative laws.
Next the pure Sunnah, it is incumbent that the youth have a great concern for it, memorizing it, studying it, understanding it, reviewing and going over it amongst themselves; they must also ask the teachers and scholars about those areas of difficulty they encounter (while studying the Sunnah).
Thus, all of their time should be spent between studying, memorizing, reviewing (past lessons) and asking their teachers and scholars about that which they find difficult. However, this will not be accomplished except after having a (genuine) concern, and (deep) contemplation upon the book of Allah and Sunnah of the Messenger (sallAllaahu alaihi wa sallam); the same goes for the other sciences (and disciplines of study), which they would learn in order to rectify the Muslim nation and safeguard its religious and worldly affairs; as well as protecting its lands from the plots of its enemies.
(If this is implemented) they will continuously be (emerged) in beneficial knowledge which will benefit their religious and worldly affairs; a portion of their time safeguarded by studying, asking questions, and reading (those books) which are necessary for their studies (and educational pursuits). The rest of their time should be spent by fulfilling their personal needs like: sleeping, eating, drinking, keeping family ties, and other than that from their personal affairs.