6 Narrations On Knowledge And Acting Upon It


Aboo Ad-Dardaa (ra) said:

“You will not be a scholar until you learn, and concerning knowledge you will not be a scholar until you act in accordance with it. It is a sufficient amount of sin for you that you do not cease to debate, and it is a sufficient amount of sin for you that you do not cease to dispute. It is a sufficient amount of lies for you that you do not cease to innovate concerning the (commands) of Allaah The Mighty, The Majestic.”

[Ad-Daarimee, 301]

Sufyaan Ath-Thawree said:

Fear the trial and temptation of the ignorant worshipper and the evil corrupt scholar since their temptation is a trial for everyone that has been captivated and enraptured.”

[Al-Jarh Wat-Ta’deel, 1/91-92]

‘Imraan Al-Munqaree said:

“I said to al-Hasan one day concerning something that he said, ‘O Aboo Sa’eed, this is not what the fuqahaa have said!

So he said, ‘Woe to you, have you ever seen a faqeeh?! The faqeeh is the zaahid (ascetic) regarding the life of this world who strives for the Hereafter, is upon clear evident knowledge concerning the affairs of his religion and is constant in the worship of his Lord.‘ “

[Ad-Daarimee, 302]

Al-Hasan Al-Basree said:

“I met people and if a man amongst them would sit with a people, they would deem him ignorant, but he is not ignorant. Rather he is a Muslim faqeeh.”

[Kitaab Az-Zuhd of Wakee’, 1/307]

This was because of their fear of Allaah and dislike for fame. Some of te salaf would say:

“Knowledge is not relaying an abundance of narrations. The scholar is the one who follows knowledge, utilizes it acting upon it, and complies to the sunan even if he does not have much knowledge.”

[Al-Jaami’ Li Shu’ab Al-Eemaan, 4/433]

Imaan Maalik said:

“Knowledge is not relaying an abundance of narrations, but rather it is light that Allaah places in the heart.”

[Al-Jaami’ Li Akhlaaq Ar-Raawee Wa Aadaab As-Saami’, 2/174]

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