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Aathaar on Knowledge

بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم

الحمد الله

Sufyaan Ath-Thawree رحمه الله: “The excellence of knowledge is due only to the fact that it causes a person to fear and obey Allaah, otherwise it is just like anything else.” [Related by ibn Rajab]

Al-Hasan al-Basree رحمه الله: “Whoever learns something in the name of Allaah, seeking that which is with Him, he will win. And whoever learns something for other than Allaah, he will not reach the goal, nor will his acquired knowledge bring him closer to Allaah.” [Related by Ibn ul Jawzee]

‘AbduLlah Ibn Mas’ud رضي الله عنه: “True knowledge is not measured in relationship to how much you memorize and then narrate, but rather, true knowledge is an expression of piety [protecting oneself from what Allaah prohibited and acting upon what He mandated].”Also, “Study and act upon what you learn.” [Related by Abu Na`eem]

‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ud رضي الله عنه: Learn, so when you have learnt , then act.

Az-Zuhree رحمه الله: The action of one who acts and does not know will not be trusted by the people and the people will not be happy with the saying of an ‘aalim who does not act.

Sahl ibn ‘Abdullah al-Fustaani رحمه الله: All the people are intoxicated except the scholars and all the scholars are confused except whoever acts according to his knowledge.

Sahl ibn ‘Abdullah al-Fustaani رحمه الله: The world is foolishness and barren except the knowledge and all of knowledge is a proof against him except what is acted upon and all action is useless except with sincerity and sincerity is in great danger until sealed by it (the action).

Yusuf ibn al Hunain رحمه الله: With good manners you understand the knowledge and with knowledge your actions are corrected and with the actions wisdom is obtained and with wisdom you understand zuhud (renunciation) and granted the benefit of it and with zuhd comes abandoning the world and with abandoning the world comes longing for the Hereafter and with longing for the Hereafter the Pleasure of Allah ‘Azza wajal is obtained.

Maalik ibn Dinar رحمه الله: When a servant seeks knowledge for practise, his knowledge humbles him and when he seeks it for other than that it increases him in immorality and pride by it.

Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه: The example of knowledge which is not acted upon is like wealth from which nothing is spent in the way of Allah ‘Azza wajal.

Abu Darda رضي الله عنه: I am not afraid that it will be said to me: “Oh ‘Uwaymir what have you learned?”, but I am more concerned that it will be said to me: “Oh ‘Uwaymir, what have you done with what you have learned!”

Umar ibn Abdul-Aziz رحمه الله: Whoever does not consider speech to be part of his act on will sin abundantly and whoever acts without knowledge will do more harm than good.

Maalik ibn Dinar رحمه الله: Indeed I found among the wise sayings: “There is no good for you to know what you do not know while you are not acting upon what you do know, because the likeness of that is as the likeness of a man who gathers firewood, so he ties up a bundle and tries to carry it but he is not able to, so he adds another one to it.

Ata رحمه الله reported : There was a youth who used to come to the Mother of the Believers رضي الله عنها from time to time and ask her and she would narrate to him. So one day he came to her and asked her, so she said: “Oh my son, have you acted yet upon what you have heard from me?” So he said: “No by Allah, Oh my mother “, so she said : ” Oh my son, then why do you seek increase in Allah’s proof against us and against you.”

Fudayl ibn ‘Iyyad رحمه الله: As for hadeeth, it is better that a man does not hear it than that he hears it and does not act upon it.

Sufyaan ath-Thawree رحمه الله: Would that I had not written down knowledge and would that I would be saved from my knowledge so that it would be even, neither against me nor for me.

Ash-Sha’bee رحمه الله: Indeed we are not the scholars but we have heard hadeeth so we have reported them. For the scholars are those who when they know, they act.

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بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم

الحمد الله

There was a mushrik from Ta’if who came to Makkah and there he saw a man moving in a strange way. He was then followed by a lady and lastly, by a young boy. This man from Ta’if was a friend of al-‘Abbas رضي الله عنه (and at this time he wasn’t a Muslim) so he asked him, “Who are these people?” al-‘Abbas رضي الله عنه said, “The first man is Muhammad, the lady is Khadijah and boy was ‘Ali. Muhammad claims to be a Prophet sent by Allah.” This man just left the place. Later on became a Muslim about 20 years or so ago and used to say, “Had I become a Muslim at that time, I would have been the fourth Muslim and look at me now?!”

Lesson to be learnt from this incident:

Do not miss an opportunity for good when it is presented to you lest you might be regretful later on. Cling on to the chance of gaining hasanaat whenever you get it even if you don’t feel like doing the act it maybe that Allah سبحانه و تعالى will open for you a door to success through it which might be of great benefit in the Aakhirah and Allah سبحانه و تعالى knows best.

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A gift…

بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم

الحمد الله

Ramadan is around the corner, and insha’Allah I have got some exciting news for you. Many people do not know that I actually wrote a book. Well a journal to be more accurate. And guess what? I am going to give you a copy as a gift!

So I got this as an email from Shaykh Muhammad AlShareef حفظه الله and here is the book:

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بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم

الحمد الله

Once ‘Umar رضي الله عنه was walking down the road in Madinah and a woman came to ‘Umar رضي الله عنه and she stopped him and said, “O’ ‘Umar, I remember one day when you would be called ‘Umayr (when he was young and ‘Umayr means small ‘Umar) and you would be carrying a stick with you terrorising the kids then after that you were called ‘Umar and then the days passed and you are called Ameer-ul-Mu’mineen so fear Allah. And fear Allah with your people and remember the Day of Judgement.” She went on and on giving nasihah and ‘Umar رضي الله عنه just stood there listening to her without any interruption. There was a man with ‘Umar who said, “Stop speaking like that to Ameer-ul-Mu’mineen!” ‘Umar رضي الله عنه said, “You stop! If this woman would continue talking I would continue listening and I would only leave her to perform Salah and come back. Why shouldn’t I listen to a woman whom Allah listened to her complaints from above seven Heavens?” This was Khawlah رضي الله عنها who went to complain to Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم about her husband for whom revealed ayaat in Surat al-Mujadilah.

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Love of Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم for his Ummah

بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم

الحمد الله

Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم made du‘a for us in every Salah:

‘A’ishah رضي الله عنها narrated:

Once, when I saw the Prophet in a good mood, I said to him: “O Messenger of Allah! Supplicate to Allah for me!”

So, he صلى الله عليه و سلم said: “O Allah! Forgive ‘A’ishah her past and future sins, what she has hidden, as well as what she has made apparent.”

So, I began smiling, to the point that my head fell into my lap out of joy.

The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه و سلم said to me: “Does my supplication make you happy?”

I replied: “And how can your supplication not make me happy?”

He then said: “By Allah, it is the supplication that I make for my Ummah in every prayer.”

[Reported in ‘Sahih Mawarid adh-Dhaman’, and it is in ‘as-Silsilah as-Sahihah’]

He صلى الله عليه و سلم called us their brothers!

The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم (once) said, “I wish I could see my brothers.”
The Companions
رضي الله عنهمreplied, “Aren’t we your brothers, O Prophet of Allah?”
He
صلى الله عليه و سلم replied: “No, you are my Companions. My brothers are those who come after me and believe in me without seeing me.”

[Reported in Musnad Imam Ahmed]

The day everybody will say “Me! Me!”, our Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم will say “My Nation! My Nation!”

…I will say, “O Lord, my followers! My followers!“…

[Excerpt from long hadith of intercession, reported in Sahih Bukhari]

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