Most of what Shaykh Ja’far al-‘Atamee read [in the seeking] of knowledge was by way of the moonlight, because oil was scarce at the time.
As a father, it is not your job
As a father, it is not your job to remove the thorns from the path of your child – out of fear they may scratch.
Upholding your duty towards your children
Is the corruption of children [through poor nurturing considered as] a tribulation?
There is no aid other than [from] Allaah, and no guide other than the Messenger of Allaah, and no provision other than taqwa, and no act [to be undertaken] other than [to remain] patient upon it.
Maintaining close attachment to the scholars
[In the pursuit for knowledge], I maintained close attachment to Shu’bah for twenty years.
The most knowledgeable of them
And the one whose knowledge most encompassed all of these matters was Sa’eed ibn Jubayr.
Travelling in search of knowledge
Twice I have travelled between the East and West [in search of knowledge].
Inform your family of poverty
What is your profession?
In search of knowledge
I have travelled four times between the East and West [in search of knowledge].
The various stages of knowledge
The first [stage] of knowledge is to listen [carefully], then [conscientiously] memorise it, then act according to it, then convey it [to others].