Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatullah In sha Allah, I intend to devote this thread to providing direction for new or aspiring students of knowledge, as I've realized for quite some time that most of our young Tullab al-Ilm or aspiring Tullab lack direction and guidance. We have seen the fruits of this in the results that have been produced over the years. In large part, the students who have studied in Saudi universities or elsewhere have come out without a proper foundation and often times with strange ideas that they have then promoted, spreading confusion and sometimes causing controversy. Madkhalism is just one example of that, and it's certainly not the only one. One part of the problem is that young students tend to focus on learning certain details of certain fashionable issues that are 'hot topics' of the moment, while they neglect learning the fundamentals. Basically, my goal is to give advice (and I hope HH, AZ, Abu_Abdallah and others will pitch in as well, in sha Allah) about how to study, what to study, and answer questions. I'm sure there are other aspects to this problem that need to be addressed that are slipping my mind right now or will come to light as the discussion develops, in sha Allah. For starters, for those who can read Arabic, I highly recommend reading this book by Abu Fihr al-Salafi. He has alot of excellent advices about Talab in general and programs of study for specific fields. The only disclaimer: his advice on what to study for Fiqh and Usul is not very good and I'm unimpressed with it, but otherwise, his recommendations are very good, particularly his recommendations on Aqidah.