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Knowledge has its priority, the highest being aqidah, then fiqh and then tasawwuf.

Aqidah is to understand Allah, His Messenger and the Unseen. One does this by studying one of the Islamic texts on Aqidah from either the Ashari, Maturidi, and Athari (not Salafi) schools of Aqidah. A recognized Ashari text in Aqidah to study is Jawharat Tawhid by Imam Ibrahim Laqani. A recognized Maturidi text in Aqidah to study is Aqidah Nasafi by Imam Nasafi. A recognized Athari text in Aqidah to study is Aqidah Tahawi by Imam Tahawi.

Fiqh is to understand the rulings of the Shariah. One does this by studying one of the Islamic text of fiqh from either the Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi or Hanbali schools of fiqh,

Tasawwuf is the science of how to put the rulings of the Shariah into practice with sincerity. One can do this by taking one of the valid tariqas of Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaah, the Shadhili, Naqshabandis, Qadiris and the likes, or if one is able to find an upright shaykh to teach him how to purify his heart and to do his acts of worship with sincerity.

The vehicles needed to know and understand this properly is to first have a living shaykh teach you these sciences.

The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said,

“Truly, Allah does not remove Sacred Knowedge by taking it out of servants, but rather by taking back the souls of Islamic scholars [in death], until, when He has not left a single scholar, the people take the ignorant as leaders, who are asked for and who give Islamic legal opinion without knowledge, misguided and misguiding” (Al Bukhari- Sahih)

If one is unable to find a living shaykh to teach them, then one can learn these sciences online through website like Sunnipath at www.sunnipath.com or Zam Zam Academy at http://www.zamzamacademy.com/ Zaytuna Institute also has a distance learning program at http://www.zaytuna.org .

If for some reason one is unable to access these website for whatever reason, then one must find a reliable book to study from, such as the Reliance of the Traveler by Ahmad Al Misri translated by Nuh Keller, and there are other resources available.

And Allah knows best.

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