Aathaar on Knowledge
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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.