Seeking knowledge by watching videos

Reference: http://www.alfawzan.af.org.sa/node/16887

Question: [What is the ruling regarding] using teaching aids such as video to teach Islaamic subjects such as fiqh, tafseer, [the laws of] inheritance, and other such subjects?

Response: It is imperative that knowledge be sought directly from the scholars by attendance – [sitting] before them; whether that is at schools, institutes or [university] faculties, or in circles of knowledge in the masaajid. It is imperative that knowledge be sought in attendance, sitting before the scholars, and to ask them questions about any difficult issues.

However, if he was to watch videos, therein is some knowledge he can benefit from; [but] as for restricting himself [to just watching videos] and considering them to be seeking knowledge, then no.

Abu 'Abdullaah

About Abu 'Abdullaah

– from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee’ah in 2004.