Answered by our Shaykh, the ‘Allaamah, the Sincere Adviser, Abu ‘Abdirrahman Yahya bin ‘Ali Al-Hajoori – may Allaah preserve him
Oh shaykh, what do you advise some of the youth, those that are amongst us, that if a student of knowledge comes to them from a markaz from the maraakiz of ahlus sunnah to open up lessons for them in some of the Islamic sciences from aqeedah or fiqh or grammar, there you have them being lazy in attending and seeking knowledge?
First of all: we advise to travel in order to seek knowledge, the majority of the cases the one who remains in the place of his residency will become busied, and travelling to seek knowledge is an affair of those that preceeded us (from the Salaf), and Al-Khateeb has written a independent treatise in regards to that.
“فَلَوْلا نَفَرَ مِنْ كُلِّ فِرْقَةٍ مِنْهُمْ طَائِفَةٌ لِيَتَفَقَّهُوا فِي الدِّينِ”
“…Of every troop of them, a party only should go forth, that they (who are left behind) may get instructions in (Islamic) religion, and that they may warn their people when they return to them, so that they may beware.”
And Musa traveled to the junction of the 2 seas in order to meet Khadr to take some knowledge from him.
This is the one, in most cases, who will dedicate himself and will not come except for that (to seek knowledge).
So if he is not able to do that then attend (lessons) with a Sunni who is in his place of residency who Allaah has given tawfeeq to.
And if Allaah provides for people one who is successful then verily they will be successful. So if Allaah provides for them a Sunni who is beneficial and is upon the truth, then he is like rain in that place, and beware, beware of attending the sittings of the people of desires, for verily they bring to the people doubts and wicked actions.
Translated by : Abu Huthayfah Saamy Al-hindy