Advice to the Students of Knowledge

15 Jumaad Al-awwal, 1430

Assalamu Alaykum,

This article by Sheikh Muhammad Ibn Saleh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (May Allah have mercy on him) delivered a short yet powerful message to all muslims, not only students of knowledge.

Advice to the Students of Knowledge

Sheikh Muhammad Ibn Saleh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen

I sincerely advise, myself first, and my Muslim brothers, especially the students of knowledge not to make haste and be quick when a new issue befalls a person until he verifies the situation, gains knowledge and then speaks, so that he does not speak about Allah without knowledge.

As, the person who gives judgment is an emissary between the people and Allah; he conveys the Shari’ah of Allah as has been reported from the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam):

“The scholars are the inheritors of the Prophets”

(Ahmad (5/196). Aboo Dawood, at-Tirmidhi and others);

and the Prophet (sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam) has also said:

“The judges are three: (only) one of the judges being in paradise and he is the one who knew the truth and judged according to it.”

Related by Abu Dawood with the following wording:

“The judges are three; one of the judges is in Paradise and two are in the Fire. With regards to the one in Paradise then he is the man who knew the truth and judged according to it. The man who knew the truth and was unjust in his ruling is in the Fire, and the man who judged between the people out of ignorance is in the Fire.”

Also of importance, when a new issue befalls you, draw your heart towards Allah and feel in need of Him so that he causes you to understand and imparts knowledge to you; especially in grave and important matters, where many people remain in ignorance.

Some of my teachers mentioned to me that it is befitting for the person who has been questioned on an issue, to seek forgiveness from Allah even more; deducing that from Allah’s statement,

{{Surely, we have revealed to you the Book in truth that you may judge between the people by that which Allah has shown you; so do not be a pleader for the treacherous. And seek the forgiveness of Allah, certainly, Allah is ever Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.}}

(Surah an-Nisaa’ (4):105-106)

An increase in seeking forgiveness necessitates the wiping away of the repercussions of sins, which is one of the causes of forgetting knowledge and becoming ignorant, as Allah says,

{{So, because of their breach of their covenant. We cursed them and made their hearts grow hard. They change the words from their proper places and forgot a good part of the message that was sent to them.}}

(Surah al-Maa’idah (5):13)

Imam ash-Shaafi`ee once said:

I complained to Wakee` (*) about my poor memory. So he advised me to abandon disobedience. and he said, ‘know that knowledge is light. And the light of Allah is not bestowed upon a disobedient.

So it is certainly possible that seeking forgiveness causes Allah to give a person enlightenment.

Footnotes:* Wakee’ Ibn al-Jarraah was a famous scholar from the Salaf and one of the teachers of Imam ash-Shaafi`ee. He died in the year 196H.

Where are your manners?!

Assalamu Alaykum,

I havent written in while and I found this piece in arabic and thought I would translate it for other people’s benefit insha Allah.

It is bad manners when:

1- You go to the Masjid in your PJs..

Yet you wear your best clothes and perfume when out with friends!

2- You call and chat with your friends everyday..

Yet your family only hears from you every few months..

or even years!

3- You have plenty of time to go out with friends..

Yet when your parents need you for something..

You’re always busy!

4- You are more than happy to spend your money on the latest Album..

Yet a few dollars are too much for a beneficial Islamic Cd!

5- You spend hours with your friends online..

Yet you only a few minutes in Prayer!

6- You leave the house all dolled up..

Yet wonder why men are looking at you!

7- You know its time for prayer.. and you do not move

As if your glued down to your chair!

8- Your brothers and sisters are in need..

Yet you do not help them!

9- You are offered an islamic book or Cd and you reject it..

Yet when a person gives you a music album..

You dont know how to thank them!

10- You stay up the night online..

Yet not offer a single raka’ah in prayer!

11- You only open the Quran once a week to read surat Al-Kahf..

That’s if it is once a week!

11- You have so many university degrees..

Yet dont know the basics about your religion!