Imaam Ash-Shaafi’ee (rahimahullaah) said:

It is necessary that the students of knowledge do their utmost to increase in seeking knowledge; exercising patience in facing every obstacle and having a sincere intention for the sake of Allaah (The Most High) in pursuit of it; for indeed actions are judged by intention. And they should have a fervent desire for Allaah’s Aid and Assistance because good cannot be reached except by the Help of Allaah.

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[Aqeedah Ash-Shaafi’ee page: 86]