Abu Darda on ‘Ilm: Seeking knowledge is an act of jihad

Ibn Abi al-Hudhayl reported: Abu Darda, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “Whoever does not consider coming and going for the sake of knowledge to be an act of jihad, he has a shortcoming in his mind and his opinion.”

Source: Jāmi’ Bayān al-‘Ilm wa Faḍlih 159

عَنِ ابْنِ أَبِي الْهُذَيْلِ قَالَ قَالَ أَبُو الدَّرْدَاءِ رضي الله عنه مَنْ رَأَى الْغُدُوَّ وَالرَّوَاحَ إِلَى الْعِلْمِ لَيْسَ بِجِهَادٍ فَقَدْ نَقَصَ عَقْلُهُ وَرَأْيُهُ

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