Even if we dedicate our lifetime to it, we will not reach the end of it.
When a scholar finishes writing one book, then another scholar will start to write its subsequent book, whether it is to explain that book, to add some beneficial knowledge in its footnote and margin, etc.
When we finish reading one book, then there is still a number of its subsequent books waiting to be read. Not to mention that there are also those from another “chain of books,” which of course are far greater in number.
For example, the book Minhajut-Talibin wa ‘Umdatul-Muftin authored by an-Nawawiy rahimahullah (d. 676 H), as far as we know, has more than 20 subsequent books. Of course, there are also the “subsequents of the subsequents,” i.e., the subsequent books of the subsequent books of Minhajut-Talibin.
Another example is the book al-Muqni’ fiy Fiqhil-Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal ash-Shaibaniy authored by Ibn Qudamah al-Maqdisiy rahimahullah (d. 620 H).
- Among the subsequents of al-Muqni’ is a book titled al-Insaf fiy Ma’rifatir-Rajih minal-Khilaf ‘ala Madzhabil-Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal authored by al-Mardawiy rahimahullah (d. 885 H).
- And among the subsequents of al-Insaf is a book titled at-Tanqih al-Mushbi’ fiy Tahriri Ahkamil-Mushbi’ authored by al-Mardawiy rahimahullah (d. 885 H).
- And among the subsequents of at-Tanqih is a book titled Muntahal-Iradat fiy Jam’il-Muqni’ ma’at-Tanqih waz-Ziyadat authored by al-Futuhiy rahimahullah (d. 972 H).
- And among the subsequents of Muntahal-Iradat is a book titled Ghayatul-Muntaha fil-Jam’ bainal-Iqna’ wal-Muntaha authored by al-Karmiy rahimahullah (d. 1033 H).
- And among the subsequents of Ghayatul-Muntaha is a book titled Matalibu Ulin-Nuha fiy Sharhi Ghayatil-Muntaha authored by ar-Ruhaibaniy rahimahullah (d. 1243 H).
- And among the subsequents of Matalibu Ulin-Nuha is a book titled Tajriduz-Zawa’id al-Ghayah wash-Sharh authored by ash-Shattiy rahimahullah (d. 1274 H).
That’s why the scholars said, among them is Shaikh Salih ibn ‘Abdillah al-‘Usaimiy hafizhahullah, that knowledge of the Din has no end, but the sincerity of our heart when we learn it and when we pray to Allah is a key that can bring us to the goal.
And that’s why the scholars said, among them is Shaikh ‘Abdus-Salam ash-Shuwai’ir hafizhahullah, that a student of knowledge who is still a beginner, who does not read even one fiqh book yet completely from its beginning to its end, but he already makes fatwa and talks about halal and haram, has a sign of hubbut-tasaddur (love to be in front of or above anyone). Nas’alullah as-salamah wal-‘afiyah.
Abu Umar al-Maduriy