The Ruling on Seeking Knowledge

Seeking legislative knowledge is Fard Kifaayah, if a sufficient number of people carry it out (i.e. the obligation), it becomes a Sunnah for the remainder (of people). Seeking knowledge may become a specific obligation (upon someone) i.e. Fard ‘Ayn. Its guideline is obtaining knowledge of the act of worship that one desires to practice or an interaction (Mu’aamalah) that one wishes to carry out. In this instance, it is obligatory upon him that he knows how to worship Allaah and how to carry out this interaction (Mu’aamalah).

All knowledge besides this is Fard Kifaayah. It is important that the student of knowledge recognizes that he is upholding a Fard Kifaayah durin