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Benefit: Is There Any Virtue in Dying on a Specific Day or at a Specific Time?

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Shaykh ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz ibn Bāz (رحمه الله) was asked: "Is dying on a Thursday night, during the day on a Friday, or in Ramaḍān virtuous?"

He (رحمه الله) said: "I do not know anything about this. All of the Aḥadīth reported about dying on a Friday are inauthentic. Likewise, I do not know anything that suggests that dying in Ramaḍān has a specific merit. If an individual died while being upright and fasting, then we hope for a tremendous amount of goodness [for him]; however, I do not know anything specific about dying in Ramaḍān. As for dying on a Thursday night or during the day on a Friday, then there are inauthentic narrations reported about that."

Source: Fatāwá Nūr ‘Alá al-Darb, Vol. 13, Pg. 476.
Translated by: Musa Shaleem Mohammed

Benefit: Knowledge Without Actions and Actions Without Knowledge

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Shaykh Ubayd ibn ʿAbdillāh al-Jābirī: "When the knowledge one possesses is contrary to his actions, then the knowledge is a proof against the servant, and such a person resembles those whose Allāh’s anger is upon, the Jews. They were called, “those whose Allāh’s anger is upon” because they did not act upon the knowledge which they possessed."

Likewise, when actions are without knowledge, ignorance and confusion enters the worship; such a person resembles the Christians because they (i.e. the Christians) worship Allāh upon ignorance and misguidance.1

Source: Itḥāf al-ʿUqūl pg. 11.
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī

1) Sufyān ibn ʿUyaynah said: "It used to be said: whoever is corrupt amongst our scholars has a resemblance of the Jews, and whoever is corrupt from our worshippers has a resemblance of the Christians" (Majmūʿ al-Fatāwa of ibn Taymiyyāh 1/197).

Benefit: Not Everyone Who Sits In the Gatherings of Knowledge Is Sincere - Purify Your Intention

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

  Ustādh Mūsá Richardson discusses the reality that not everyone who sits in the circles of knowledge is sincere. A person should purify his intentions.

From the course entitled: Creed Course: Essentials of Islamic Theology during the 1439 | 2018 Islamic Summer Courses


Benefit: Shaykh Ṣāliḥ al-Fawzān on the Methodology of Seeking Knowledge

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Do not speak without knowledge and do not seek knowledge from other than its doors. Do not take knowledge from other than its people; likewise, do not suffice yourself with reading books and then claiming to have become knowledgeable [by] memorising without understanding. Merely memorising is not sufficient! Indeed this is the way of the people of deviation; we ask Allāh for well-being. So it is upon our youth—may Allāh grant them understanding—that they give importance to this matter, that they sit with the people of knowledge, that they listen to them and take knowledge from them. Do not rely on your own understanding or your books and the likes of this, and [do not rely on] those who do not know [i.e. ignoramuses] so that they do not say:

إِنَّمَا يَخْشَى اللَّـهَ مِنْ عِبَادِهِ الْعُلَمَاءُ لَوۡ هَدَٮٰنَا ٱللَّهُ لَهَدَيۡنَـٰڪُمۡ‌ۖ
Had Allāh guided us, we would have guided you.

Shaykh Ṣāliḥ ibn Fawzān al-Fawzān

Source: al-Iʾjābāt al-Fāsilah ʿalā al-Shubuhāt al-Ḥāṣilah
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī

Benefit: Taking Knowledge from the Elder Scholars

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Abū ʿUways on taking knowledge from the senior scholars This is a tremendous benefit, taken from the lecture entitled 'The Importance of Sticking to the Scholars', from our beloved brother Abū ʿUways ʿAbdullāh Aḥmad ʿAlī (raḥimahullāh). In this lecture he (raḥimahullāh) describes some of the characteristics of the true scholars. One of the main characteristics that our noble brother (raḥimahullāh) mentions is the characteristic of old age. He mentions that in most cases being elderly is a key trait that the scholars have, except in certain rare cases. Our beloved brother (raḥimahullāh) goes on to mention the reasons why one should not take knowledge from those young in age and the many deficiencies they may have. Listen, so that you may benefit from this clarification that precedence is to be given to those scholars who are elder in age whose knowledge is agreed upon by the scholars in his time.


Benefit: The Best Company

 In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

 A man was once asked: "Who best keeps you company?" "These," he said, as he gazed at his books. So, he was asked: "Of the people?" He replied, "The ones that populate its pages."1  

[1] al-Khaṭīb al-Baghdadī [d. AH  463], Taqyīd al-ʿIlm
Translated by Umm Sufyān

Benefit: The Meaning of Shaykh al-Islām

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Questioned about the meaning of the term ‘Shaykh al-Islām’ [i.e. the Shaykh of Islām], Shaykh Ṣāliḥ ibn ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz Āl al-Shaykh (حفظه الله) stated:

What is meant by the term ‘Shaykh al-Islām’? Does this mean that Islām is a student of the Imām of daʿwah [i.e. Shaykh Muḥammad ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhāb (رحمه الله)], or that Islām is a student of Ibn Taymīyyah (رحمه الله)?

This is not what is meant. ‘Shaykh al-Islām’ is a designated title, and it was first utilized in the latter part of the second generation of the Hijrah. It was then applied to anyone who was a role model, had companions and followers, and possessed different branches of knowledge and information. He is called: “Shaykh al-Islām”, which is a rank just below the rank of ‘Imām’.

The highest rank is that of ‘Imām’ followed by the rank of ‘Shaykh al-Islām’. This is a designated sequence [i.e. the rank of ‘Imām’ proceeding that of ‘Shaykh al-Islām’ is merely a sequence the scholars agreed upon to identify and to differentiate the status and the level of knowledge of the scholars], so it is not said about the Companions (رضي الله عنهم) that they are Shuyūkh al-Islām [i.e. Shaykhs of Islām], although Abū Bakr and ʿUmar (رضي الله عنهما) were mentioned with this title in some Aḥādīth.

Source: al-Ajwibah wa-al-Buḥūth wa-al-Mudārasāt, vol. 6, pg. 251
Translated by: Musa Shaleem Mohammed

Benefit: The Means to Attaining Allāh's Pleasure

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy
Yūnus ibn ʿUbayd (d.139H) - raḥimahullāh -said:
"With good manners, you understand the knowledge. With the knowledge, your actions are corrected. With actions wisdom is obtained. With wisdom, you understand zuhd (abstinence) and are granted its benefits. With zuhd comes abandoning the world. With abandoning the world comes desire for the Hereafter. With desire for the Hereafter, the pleasure of Allāh - the Mighty and Majestic - is obtained." Iqtidaa'ul-'llmil-'Aml (no.31).

Benefit: The Necessity of Following the Salaf al-Ṣāliḥ

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Stated ʿUmar ibn ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz (d.101H), “Those who have preceded, they stopped upon knowledge, they restrained due to penetrating insight, and they were the keenest in uncovering the affairs. Furthermore, if the guidance is what you are upon, then they have preceded you in it. And if you say that affairs were invented after them, then nothing was invented, except by one who follows other than their path and prefers himself over them. Indeed, they spoke about it with that which suffices, and they described from it that which satisfies. So whatever is below them is deficient and whatever is above them is confinement. Indeed, there were people below them, so they worked in vain. And others turned away from them, so they fell into extremism. Indeed, they were in between that, upon straight guidance.” Ḥasan: Related by Ibn Waddāh in al-Bida’ wan-Nahee ’anhaa (no. 77).

The Prophet (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) said, “The stars are the protectors of the heavens, so when the stars go, whatever has been promised to the heavens will occur.  And I am the protector for my Companions, so when I go, whatever has been promised to my Companions will occur.  And my Companions are the protectors of my Ummah, so when my Companions go, whatever has been promised to my Ummah will occur.”  It is related by Muslim (4/1961) from the ḥadīth of Saʿīd Ibn Abī Burdah, from his father.

Benefit: The People Will Become Pleased with Their Ignorance!

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

 Abu Ḥafsah Kāshiff Khān encourages the audience to come out and attend the upcoming telelink with Shaykh Ḥasan ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhāb al-Banná: "In the end of time, knowledge will be taken away and ignorance will become prevalent...people will become pleased with their own ignorance...many times we hear people claim they will go overseas to study and benefit...but when the mashāyikh speak at your local Salafī masjid, you cannot drive 10 miles to attend but you say you will (soon) travel a thousand miles to sit with them (Ahl al-Ilm)?" The speaker then goes on to remind the parents, that how they set precedence for their children, in seeking knowledge, will impact them throughout their lives, such that if they see their parents striving, they too will strive (as they mature).


Benefit: The Value of One Book

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Shaykh Muqbil ibn Hādī al-Wādiʿī (رحمه الله) said: “I advise the student of knowledge to keenly acquire books, even if he has to sell his car or his imāmah [i.e. his turban] to purchase a book [because] one book is equivalent to this world!”

Source: Qam’ al-Ma’ānid, vol. 1, pg 495.
Translated by: Musa Shaleem Mohammed

Benefit: The Various Types of Students of Knowledge

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Shaykh Muḥammad ibn Hādī al-Madkhalī (حفظه الله) said:

Therefore, the student of knowledge is of three [types]: the beginner, the intermediate and the advanced. As for the beginner, then he is the one who just begun seeking [knowledge] and [so,] he does not know the fundamentals. [As for] the intermediary [student], then he is the one who knows the fundamentals but he is deficient in knowing how to [use the evidences to] infer/deduce [i.e. to come to a verdict that something is ḥalāl or ḥarām or other than that]. [As for] the advanced [student], then he is the one who knows the fundamentals and he knows [fully] how to [use the evidences to] infer/deduce [i.e. to come to a verdict that something is ḥalāl or ḥarām or other than that].

Source: ما معنى طالب العلم المبتدئ والمتوسط والمنتهي
Translated by: Musa Shaleem Mohammed

Benefit: There Are the Senior Scholars!

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

  Shaykh ʿAbd al-Salām ibn Burjiss (raḥimahullāh) mentioned: O students! If you really want knowledge [directly] from its source, then there are the senior scholars whose beards have become grey, bodies have become weak, and their strength has dried up in (seeking) knowledge and teaching. Stick to them before you lose them, and benefit from their treasures before it disappears with them, for indeed the full moon is missed on a dark night.

Source: ʿAwāʾiq al-Ṭallab pg. 26.
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī

Benefit: What Treatise Should a Student Begin Studying With?

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

 Shaykh ʿAbdullāh al-Bukhārī, may Allah preserve him, said:"This treatise (al-Thalāthah Uṣūl), despite its brevity, is one of the best concise books authored in the creed of Ahl al-Sunnah wa-al-Jamāʿah. The student should begin with it – it is the finest of what he can begin with. The novice needs it and the advanced simply cannot do without it.1

Shaykh Ṣāliḥ ibn al-Fawzān, may Allah preserve him, said:"Thalāthah al-Uṣūl is a concise, weighty work that is supported by evidence from the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Messenger, may Allah raise his rank and grant him peace, and it treats a great principle from the principles of Islam — al-ʿaqīdah.2

1) ar.miraath.net/fawaid/394.
2) Al-Fawzān, Sharḥ al-Uṣūl al-Thalāthah.
Translated by: Umm Sufyān

Benefit: Where Is the Best Place for a Woman to Seek Knowledge?

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Shaykh Muqbil ibn Hādī al-Wādiʿī (رحمه الله) was asked: “Is the woman who never leaves her house, not even to go to the masjid, better than the woman who seeks knowledge and goes to the masjid?”

The shaykh (رحمه الله) stated: “A woman should remain in her house and seek knowledge since the Prophet (ﷺ) said: ‘Do not prevent the female slaves of Allāh from going to the masājid of Allāh; however, their houses are better for them.’”

Source: Ghārah al-Ashriṭah, vol. 2, pg. 481 
Translated by: Musa Shaleem Mohammed

Benefiting From Knowledge

  Imām Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah

An inspiring reminder of the importance of acting upon knowledge. Stated the noble Imām of Ahl al-Sunnah wa-al-Jamāʿah, Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah, “I have met many mashāyikh and the affair of one was different from the other, and their knowledge capacities were of varying levels. And the one whose company I benefited from the most was the one who used to apply what he knew, even though there were those who were more knowledgeable than him."

Concerning Knowledge...

Shaykh al Islām Ibn Taymīyyah said: "al-ʿĪbādah (worship) is obedience to Allāh by following that which He ordered upon the tongues of His Messengers."He also said: "al-ʿĪbādah (worship) is a comprehensive term covering everything that Allāh loves and is pleased with - whether saying or actions, outward or inward." [Majmūʿ al-Fatāwá (10/49)]

Imām al-Ājurrī said: The seeker of knowledge should know that Allāh - The Mighty and Majestic - has made the worship of Allāh obligatory upon him. And that this worship is not possible without knowledge, the seeking of which has also been made obligatory upon him. He should also realize that ignorance is not befitting for a believer. He should seek knowledge in order to dispel ignorance from himself, and to worship Allāh - The Mighty and Majestic - as Allāh has commanded, not as he desires to worship Him. So the seeker of knowledge should strive hard in his quest, be sincere in his striving, and not be amazed with himself. Rather he should recognize that this is a favour from Allāh upon him, since it was Allāh who gave him the ability to acquire such knowledge, by which he is able to fulfill his obligations and keep away from that which is forbidden. [Akhlāq al-Ulamāʾ (p. 43).]

Imām al-Shāfiʿī said: It is obligatory for every Muslim to learn the Arabic tongue, to the utmost of his ability in order to be able to profess through it that there is none worthy of worship other than Allāh, and that Muḥammad is His slave and Messenger, and to recite in [the Arabic tongue] the Book of Allāh, and to speak in mentioning what is incumbent upon him - the Takbeer (of the prayer), and what [other matters] are commanded, the Tasbīḥ, the Tashahhud, and others.[Al-Risālah (p. 93)]

ʿAbdullāh Ibn Masʿūd said: Indeed I hold that a person forgets knowledge he used to know because of the sins that he commits. [Related by Wakīʿ in Al-Zuhd (no. 329), and it's chain of narration is authentic.]

Wakīʿ said: I seek help in memorization by abandoning sin, and disobedience. [Related by Ibn Hibbān in Rawdhatul 'Uqalá (p. 39).]

Divine Acquittal

  Abū al-ʿAbbās Mūsá Richardson

Our elder and teacher, Abū al-ʿAbbās (ḥafiẓahullāh) continues his sīrah of the Prophet Muḥammad (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) series, and goes through the heartbreaking narration of the Ḥadīth of ifk (slander) of ʿĀʾīshah (raḍī Allāhu ʿanhā), bringing forth a number of tremendous benefits.

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