The Commentary (Explanation) is in English only
Matn is in Arabic With English Translation
This Poem is also Known as:
Al-Hath Ala Talabil Ilm
A commentary on Abu Ishaq Ilbiri’s poem on the seeking of knowledge and its Mannerisms. It is said to have written this poem in response to a young man who had insulted him. Instead of replying in kind, which was the custom of poets, he decided to respond by providing the young man advice that would benefit him in this life and the next.
It includes advice on many issues including:
Status of Knowledge and Its Sweetness.
The Importance of Acting upon Knowledge.
The Superior of The Knowledge Over Wealth.
Humbleness, Humility, And Confession of Sins.
Warning About Bad Company.
About The Author
Abu Isḥaq al-Ilbiri Ibrahim b. Masʿud b. Saʿid al-Tujibi (d. 459 or 460 H), was a poet and a Maliki jurist who lived towards the end of Umayyad rule and during the era of the Reyes de taifas (muluk al-ṭawaʾif, the ‘petty states’) in al-Andalus in the 5th/11th century.