Knowledge necessitates humility. In our recent lesson with Shaykh Mukhtar al-Shinqitee (hafidhahullah) last Thursday, we were waiting for the shaykh to arrive to his chair in Masjid al-Nabawi.
As is the norm now, I noticed the Shaykh seems to come from a certain direction and he is always swarmed by students (even while he is walking to the lesson) who are constantly asking him questions and for advice. So as I was waiting, I looked back in the direction that he usually comes from and I was pleasantly surprised to see my Fiqh teacher in the faculty of Shariah, Shaykh AbdurRahman bin Muhammed al-Saeed, sitting cross legged behind me also waiting for the shaykh and to benefit from the lesson. Bear in mind that Shaykh AbdurRahman al-Saeed is a professor in Fiqh in the Islamic University of Madeenah (we were studying from Umdatul Ahkaam – a Fiqh book) and probably knew the masaail and rulings that were covered inside out, but he was still humble enough to sit as a student.
It is reported that Ibrāhīm b. Adham (rh) – said: “The one who seeks knowledge sincerely is the one who becomes more lowly to himself, strives more in worship, fears Allāh more, yearns for Allāh more, and becomes more humble amongst people.” (Al-Bayhaqī, Shuʿab Al-Īmān 1653.)