Imam al-Haddad encouraged his students to read the following before studying:
Al-hamdu llilahi rabb il ‘âlamîn wa salallahu ‘ala saydinâ Muhamamdin wa ‘alâ âlihi wa sahbihi wa sallam. Nawaytu al-ta’alluma wa talîma wat tadhakkara wa-tadhkîr wa na’fa’ wal ‘intifâ’ wal-ifâdah wa’l istifâdah wal-hath ‘ala_tamassuki bi kitâbillahi wa sunnati rusûlihi wa du’â il al-hudâ wa dalâlata ‘alal khayri wabtighâha waj hillâhi wa mardâtihi wa qurbihi wa thawâbihi subhânahu wa ta’âla.
All praise is to Allah, Lord of the Worlds. And salutations and greetings upon our master Muhammad and upon his family and companions. I intend to study and teach, take and give a reminder, take and give benefit, take and give advantage, to encourage the holding fast to the book of Allah and the way of His messenger, and calling to guidance and directing towards good, hoping for the countenance of Allah and His pleasure, proximity and reward, transcendent is He.
Allahumma Ameen! Allahumma Ameen! Allahumma Ameen!