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Fruits of Knowledge

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Here are some quotes from the famous book Jaami’ul Bayaan al-’ilm wa fadhlihi by the great scholar Ibn ‘AbdilBar

1. Aboo Hurayrah: ”It is more beloved for me to sit a little while, learning my religion, than for me to pray the entire night up until dawn” [Jaami’ul Bayaan al-‘ilm wa fadhlihi volume 1. page 60]

2. al-Hasan al-Basree: ”The scholar is better than the one who is Zaahid (very religious) and worships a lot” [Jaami’ul Bayaan al-‘ilm wa fadhlihi volume 1. page 61]

3.‘Umar bin al-Khattaab: ”That one thousand worshippers who fast during the day and pray during the night, all die, is easier to bare than the death of one single scholar who understands the halaal from the haraam.” [Jaami’ul Bayaan al-‘ilm wa fadhlihi volume 1. page 65]

4. Sufyaan ath-Thawree: ”There is no deed better than seeking knowledge – if the intentions are pure” [Jaami’ul Bayaan al-‘ilm wa fadhlihi volume 1. page 63]

5. al-Azdi: ”I asked Ibn ‘Abbaas about Jihaad whereupon he replied ‘Do you wish to know something better than Jihaad? Build a Masjid and teach the people their obligations in Islaam and the Sunnah’ “‘ [Jaami’ul Bayaan al-‘ilm wa fadhlihi volume 1 page 76]

6. ‘Umar bin ‘AbdilAzeez: ”He who acts without knowledge, causes more harm than benefit” [Jaami’ul Bayaan al-‘ilm wa fadhlihi volume 1 page 66]

7. ‘Abdullaah bin al-Mubaarak: ”Allaah gave Prophet Suleymaan a choice between either knowledge or power, and he chose knowledge above power. And because he did that Allaah granted him power as well.” [Jaami’ul Bayaan al-‘ilm wa fadhlihi volume 1 page 114]

8. al-Hasan al-Basree: ”The entire world is a place of darkness except the gatherings of the scholars!” [Jaami’ul Bayaan al-‘ilm wa fadhlihi volume 1 page 114]

9. Luqmaan al-Hakeem: ”O my dear son, seek knowledge whilst you are still young, seeking knowledge at an old age is difficult” [Jaami’ul Bayaan al-‘ilm wa fadhlihi volume 1 page 174]

10. Sufyaan ath-Thawree: ”Knowledge will bring honour to you in this world and the hereafter” [Jaami’ul Bayaan al-‘ilm wa fadhlihi volume 1 page 118]

11. az-Zuhree: ”Knowledge is a treasure, the key to that treasure is asking questions” [Jaami’ul Bayaan al-‘ilm wa fadhlihi volume 1 page 176]

12. Sa’eed bin al-Mussayib: ”I would travel days and nights in search of one single hadeeth” [Jaami’ul Bayaan al-‘ilm wa fadhlihi volume 1 page 188]

13. Imaam Maalik: ”Knowledge is not gained until one tastes poverty (ie seeking knowledge is not easy)” [Jaami’ul Bayaan al-‘ilm wa fadhlihi volume 1 page 194]

14. Imaam ash-Shaafi’ee: ”I was born an orphan (without a father) and my mother was poor so she did not have money to buy paper for me, so I would look for bones of dead animals to write on” [Jaami’ul Bayaan al-‘ilm wa fadhlihi volume 1 page 157]

15. ‘Abdullaah bin Mas’ood: ”No one is born a scholar, knowledge comes with studies” [Jaami’ul Bayaan al-‘ilm wa fadhlihi volume 1 page 200]

16. az-Zuhree: ”Whoever wishes to gain ALL knowledge at once and become a scholar over night, that knowledge will leave him quickly, rather take things one step at a time” [Jaami’ul Bayaan al-‘ilm wa fadhlihi volume 1 page 206]

17. az-Zuhree: ”Knowledge is lost through forgetfulness and no revision” [Jaami’ul Bayaan al-‘ilm wa fadhlihi volume 1 page 213]

18. Aboo Dardaa’: ”The one thing I fear the most about being questioned on the day of Judgment is that it will be said ‘You had the knowledge, but what did you do with it?’ ” [Jaami’ul Bayaan al-‘ilm wa fadhlihi volume 2 page 5]

19. Aboo Dardaa’: ”Why do I see you hungry for food but fed up with knowledge?” [Jaami’ul Bayaan al-‘ilm wa fadhlihi volume 1 page 305]

20. Qaasim bin Muhammad; ”That my tongue is cut off is more beloved to me that for me to speak without knowledge” [Jaami’ul Bayaan al-‘ilm wa fadhlihi volume 2 page 114]

21. Aboo Bakr as-Sideeq: ”Which sky will shield me and which earth will bare me, if I was to say about the Book of Allaah, that which I had no knowledge of?” [Jaami’ul Bayaan al-‘ilm wa fadhlihi volume 2 page 111]

22. ‘Umar bin al-Khattaab: ”Learn the Sunnah and learn the Arabic language” [Jaami’ul Bayaan al-‘ilm wa fadhlihi volume 2 page 322]

23. Ibn ‘Abbaas: ”He who answers ALL questions is insane! [Jaami’ul Bayaan al-‘ilm wa fadhlihi volume 2 page 315]

24. Ibn ‘AbdilBar: ”None of the people of innovation interpreted the Qur’aan based upon the Sunnah, this is why they went astray and led others astray too” [Jaami’ul Bayaan al-‘ilm wa fadhlihi volume 2 page 369]

25. al-Hasan al-Basree: ”Few actions according to the Sunnah will always be better than many actions based upon innovation” [Jaami’ul Bayaan al-‘ilm wa fadhlihi volume 2 page 372

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Salaf weekend- Imam Ibn Jawzee

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♥Salaf weekend featuring the wise and noble imam ibn jawzi (rahimahullah)

Imam Ibn jawzi (rahimahullah) who is often confused with ibn al-Qayyim, is yet another scholar who has popular works on the heart and soul. Outside of books on purification, ibn al-Jawzi wrote extensively on tafsir (exegesis), fiqh (jurisprudence), and hadith (prophetic narrations). He was born in 1114CE in Baghdad. After his father passed away, he was under the care of his mother and aunt. They brought him to the masjid to learn from the scholars at the tender age of six. He became a jurist in Baghdad and wrote his first book at the age of thirteen. He was a prolific writer, having written a total of 700 books.

~If  you find a darkness in your heart after you sinned, know then that in your heart there is light, because of this light you felt the darkness.

~Always call for knowledge, because knowledge is the light one is guided with… I have however seen that the women are in greater need to wake up from this nightmare than the men! They are so far away from knowledge and they let themselves be driven by desires.

~Whoever wants to have everlasting peace and well-being with no affliction does not understand the meaning of Allah’s commandments, nor does he perceive the meaning of submission to Allah. Every soul (either believing or disbelieving) shall inevitably taste suffering in this world, for this life is based on hardships.
Man lives between comfort and suffering.

~Be aware of every hour and how it passes and only spend it in the best possible way; do not neglect yourself, but keep accustomed to the noblest and best of actions, and send to your grave that which will please you when you arrive to it.

~Where are you O’ fasting one, who prays by night? Come forth to goodness and you shall triumph with everlasting happiness! Trade with your Lord and you shall profit, work with Him and you shall be successful, apologize and He shall accept your apology, seek His forgiveness and He shall forgive your sins, draw close to Him and He shall alleviate your suffering, ask Him from His Bounties and He shall expand your provisions, repent to Him and He shall increase your portion (in life).” Know, my son, that days consist of hours and hours are made of the breaths you take. Every breath is a treasure chest, so beware of letting a breath pass by with no benefit. You do not want to find an empty treasure chest on the Day of Judgement and regret.

~When your companion becomes angry and says something that is unwarranted, you should not take it too hard. His situation is that of a drunken person who is not aware of what is taking place. Instead, be patient, even if it means only for a little while. If you reciprocate his words with harsh words of your own, you become like the sane person who seeks revenge on a madman, or the conscious person who seeks retribution from an unconscious one. Look at him with a merciful eye and pity him for his actions.

~I found myself in trouble, and so I made du’a consistently, all the while requesting relief and comfort. The response to my du’a seemed to be delayed, and so my soul became disturbed and worried. However, I rebuked it saying, “Woe unto you; look attentively at yourself, are you the one possessed or are you The Possessor? Are you the one that is controlled or are you The Controller? Are you not aware that this world is the abode of tests for you?

~The planning of The Almighty is better for you than your own planning, and He could deprive you from what you ask to test your patience. So let Him see from you a determined patience and you will soon see from Him what will give you joy. And when you have cleaned the paths of answering (supplication) from the stains of sin and have been patient about what He has chosen for you, then everything that happens to you is better for you whether you were given or deprived of what you have requested.

~Know, my son, that days consist of hours and hours are made of the breaths you take. Every breath is a treasure chest, so beware of letting a breath pass by with no benefit. You do not want to find an empty treasure chest on the Day of Judgement and regret.

~Know that if people are impressed with you, in reality they are impressed with the beauty of Allah’s covering of your sins.

~O you who are turned away, O you who are deprived of meeting your loved ones, if you want to know how you stand before the king, then look at how you are spending your time and what work you are assigned to do. How many people stand at the door of the king, but no one enters except the one whom he cares for. Not every heart is fit to draw close, not every heart can be filled with love, not every wind is like the morning breeze.

~Whoever does not read the stories of the Salaf and the path that they tread, he can never tread that path. It is befitting for a person to know and understand that the nature of an individual (character) is a thief. If a person leaves his nature with the people of his time, his nature will steal from theirs and he will become similar to them. But if he reads into the lives of the Salaf his nature will join theirs and he will learn from their character…. Whoever does not read the stories of the Salaf and the path that they tread, he can never tread that path. It is befitting for a person to know and understand that the nature of an individual (character) is a thief.

~Whenever a new matter is firmly based on a principle in Sharee`ah, it is acceptable. However, any innovation which attempts to complete some aspect of the religion, is wrong because it implies deficiency in the religion. And, if the innovation is one which is contradictory to the Sharee`ah, it is even worse.

~The intellectual one is he who pictures that hour and acts according to what it requires.  And if he is not able to do that, then he visualises it as much as he is able to, for it will prevent desire’s hand, and will arouse seriousness/earnestness [in him].

~Ibn al-Jawzi, said, “And it has been reported that Ibn Abbaas said, ‘Allaah the Mighty and Majestic never mentioned desires in any place in His Book except that He disparaged it.

~I have reflected over an interesting situation: that a calamity may befall a believer and so he supplicates, going to great lengths in doing so, but he sees no
sign of an answer.  So when despair comes close, at that time his heart is looked at, thus if it is acceptant of the [many] decrees of fate, not having despaired of Allaah the Mighty and Majestic’s Bounty, then in most cases at that time the response is hastened, for it is there that eemaan is qualified, and the devil vanquished, and it is there that a man’s worth is shown.

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Physical Beauty vs Knowledge

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“When Allah granted Prophet Yoosuf (`alayhis-Salaam) physical beauty it caused him to be locked up in the prison; but when Allah granted him knowledge (when he interpreted the dream of the king) it not only took him out of prison, but elevated his rank in society, clearly showing us the virtue of knowledge and that physical beauty does not mean anything.”

Ibn al Qayyim [Al-‘Ilm wa Fadhluhu wa Sharafuhu p. 32].

Salaf Weekend, Imam Ash-Shafi’ee

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A little about him:

Imam Ash-Shafi’ee is one of the four great Imams of whose legacy on juridicial matters & teaching led to a school of fiqh named after him. He memorised the qur’an at the very young age of 7, and at 15 years, was already issuing fatwas with the permission of his sheikh. He authored   over 100 books and is known for his well-versed poetry. He said:

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“When my heart was hardened, and my courses constrained; I made my hope a stairway to Your forgiveness. My sins burdened me heavily, but when I measured it by Your forgiveness, Lord, Your forgiveness was the greater.”

“Whoever slanders to you about others, will slander about you. And whoever reports to you, will soon report about you.”

“Knowledge is that which benefits, not that which is memorized.”

“Let not your tongue mention the shame of another For you yourself are covered in shame and all men have tongues. If your eye falls upon the sins of your brother Shield them and say: “O my eye! All men have eyes!””

“I wish that people learnt this knowledge from me without ascribing one letter of it to me.”

“Whoever wishes that Allah will illuminate him, let him leave that which doesn’t concern him.”

“When the foolish one speaks, do not reply to him, for better than a response (to him) is silence, and if you speak to him you have aided him, and if you left him (with no reply) in extreme sadness he dies.”

“Support me with your advice in private, and avoid advising me in public. Surely giving advice among the people is a kind of reproach, which I would rather not listen to. If you disobey and ignore my wish, don’t be saddened if you are not obeyed.”

“To admonish your brother in private is to advise him and improve him. But to admonish him publicly is to disgrace and shame him.”

“Three things will increase your intellect: sitting with the scholars, sitting with righteous people, and leaving off speech that doesn’t concern you.”

“Intercession is only sought by one of a lower status before a superior and no one is superior to Allah.”

“All humans are dead except those who have knowledge. And all those who have knowledge are asleep, except those who do good deeds. And those who do good deeds are deceived, except those who are sincere. And those who are sincere are always in a state of worry.”

“Whoever recites Qur’an, his value is amplified. Whoever records hadith, his proof is strengthened. Whoever learns jurisprudence, his status is ennobled. Whoever learns Arabic, his disposition becomes gentle. Whoever learns mathematics, his opinion will be copious. And whoever fails to defend his honor will not benefit from his knowledge. ”

“I have never debated with a knowledgeable person, except that I won the debate, and I have never debated with an ignorant person, except that I lost.” “I never once argued with anyone hoping to win the debate; rather I always wished that the truth would come from his side.”

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