Travelling to seek knowledge without parent’s consent

بســـم اللــه الرحــمــن الـرحـــيــم

▪️Travelling to seek knowledge without parent’s consent▪️

Our Shaykh, Muhammad ibn Hizaam -may Allaah preserve him- was asked the following question:

? Question:

I have come over here to seek knowledge, however my family are not aware of this. Should I continue (seeking knowledge) even if they are not pleased with this?

? Answer:

It’s upon you to inform them that you are seeking knowledge, so as not to worry them.

The fact that they don’t know where you are may be a cause of worry and grief for them, so you should inform them that you have gone out to seek knowledge.

As for them being displeased with you for going out to seek knowledge, then the matter returns to your parents need for you; if they are need of you such that if you leave them it may bring them harm, then it it’s not befitting for you to leave them, rather it is impermissible; “And that you be dutiful to your parents” [Al-Isrā 23]

But if they are not in need of you, and they won’t be at risk of any harm by you leaving to seek knowledge, then they have no right to forbid you from seeking knowledge.

Nonetheless, you must be kind to them in speech and action, and ask Allāh that he puts in their heart acceptance for seeking knowledge”.


Translated by:

Abu Aadil Muhammad As-Somali

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