Guidelines For A Scholar: Nurture Your Students, By Ibn Al-Qayyim

Ibn Al-Qayyim mentions:

“There is also an indication in this hadeeth (1) for the scholars to abide by the guidance of the prophets and the methods they used in spreading the religion, such as patience, forbearance, confronting the revilement of the people with kindness, being gentle with them, drawing then towards Allaah through the best ways, and expending all kinds of efforts in advising them. For by doing this, they will achieve their share of this inheritance that is greater in status and honorable in significance.

This hadeeth also reminds the scholars to raise the Ummah just as a father brings up his child. So they should raise them up step by step, starting with the small forms of knowledge and then progressing onto the bigger forms of knowledge, imposing as much knowledge into them as they can, just as a father does with his infant child when he brings his meal to him.

This is because the souls of humans, with respect to the prophets and messengers, are just like children with respect to their fathers. Rather they fall short of this status by far. This is why every soul that is not cultivated by the messengers will not prosper and will not be made upright.”

[Miftaah Daar As-Sa’aadah, 1/261-262]

(1) The Prophet (saw) said: “…Indeed the scholars are the inheritors of the prophets, for the prophets do not leave behind a deenaar or a dirham for inheritance, but rather they leave behind knowledge. So whoever takes hold of it has acquired a large share (of inheritance).” [Ahmad, Aboo Daawood and others]


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