Guidelines For A Preacher

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“A preacher, in particular, should not be seen behaving like common folks or spending time in the market place or laughing out loud. This is to make sure that people have a good opinion about him and lend an ear to him when he speaks.” [“Sincere Counsel To Students Of Sacred Knowledge” by Ibn Al-Jawzee, p.84]

Some of the Salaf have said:

“We used to joke around and laugh, but once people began to follow our example I realized we shouldn’t do that.”

Sufyaan Ath-Thawree said:

“Learn this knowledge and keep silent. Do not mix it with joking around lest the hearts spit it out.’  [As-Said, p.232]

Ibn Rajab said:

“He who spreads his knowledge to the people and speaks to them must be very careful of not asking things from them. He must not be covetous for any of their wealth or provisions nor wish to win their hearts. He should just spread his knowledge and be content with not hoping anything from them through careful godliness. This is because greed of worldly matters and yearning them are ugly traits especially when found in a scholar.” [Quoted in his explanation of the hadeeth of Aboo Dardaa, P.150-151]


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