The class rules of Shaykh Zakariyya Kandalwi

By Muhammad Saifur Rahman Nawhami
11 Rabi II 1437 | 22 January 2016

Hadrat Shaykh al-Hadith Ml. Zakariyya Kandhalwi at the onset of the madrasah year used to state 10 rules for his class. The following is abridged version of these rules.

  1. Unauthorised absence is unacceptable. If you are ill or needs leave, you must inform and have it authorised.
  2. You must sit in an orderly manner similar to how the saff are straightened in salah.
  3. Your appearance must be proper in that it must not conflict against the salaf and ulama. This is especially so in regards to the beard which must be appropriate length.
  4. When a narration comes with seemingly lewd words, the teacher it will translate it accurately and unambiguously. You are not to laugh at hearing it as it is a sign of disrespect.
  5. Do not put lean your elbow on the book.
  6. Do not sleep in class.
  7. Sit properly; do not sit cross legged or leaning on the wall especially in the lessons of hadith. Have respect for the book externally and internally.
  8. Wear clothing which conforms to the shariah and is loose fitted. Your clothing should be dignified and resemble that worn by the ulama.
  9. Show the utmost respects to the Imams of hadith and fiqh regardless of their school. Do not think or speak ill of them as a result of your bias towards your own school.
  10. If you wish to query based on something which you have learned from another teacher, do so but do not mention their name.

To read the rules in detail and in the words of Hadrat Shaykh al-Hadith Mawlana Zakariyya Kandalwi, read Ap Biti (v. 2 pp. 30-33).