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Benefitting from Knowledge July 3, 2008

Posted by ibn1brahim in Companions, Hasan al Basri, Ibn Mas'ood, Islam, Scholars, Sufyan ath-Thawri, Tazkiyah.
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Sufyan Ath-Thawree (rahimahullaah) said: “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-Basri (rahimahullaah) said: “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]

Ibn Mas`ood, (radiallaahu `anhu) said: “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]


Intentions & Actions March 18, 2008

Posted by ibn1brahim in 4. Ali ibn Abi Talib, Companions, Ibn al Qayyim, Ibn Mas'ood, Islam.
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Ibn Mas’ud –(radiAllahu anhu) – would advise his students,

“If your intention is one of these three, do not seek knowledge: To shame the ignorant, or to argue with the Fuqahaa’ (scholars), or to cause people to turn their faces in your direction. Intend with your actions and words that which is with Allah, for indeed that which is with Allah shall remain and everything else shall perish.”

Ibn al Qayyim –(rahimahullah) – said,

“Deeds without sincerity are like a traveler who carries in his water-jug dirt. The carrying of it burdens him and it brings no benefit.”

‘Ali ibn Abi Talib (radiAllahu anhu) said,

“Be more concerned for the acceptance of your action than you are for the action; for, an action with fearful obedience will not be little. How could an action which is accepted be little?