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Knowledge Or Voluntary Action? By Ibn Rajab

Posted in Knowledge with tags , , , , on June 20, 2015 by TheAuthenticBase

Ibn Rajab said:

“The scholars have differed concerning this issue. Which one is better, studying sacred knowledge or performing voluntary prayers and reciting the Quraan and words of remembrance? Knowledge is better for him who studies sincerely for Allaah’s sake and has a good and clear mind. However, this should still be joined with a good amount of prayers and worship. If you find him to be a serious student but notice that he’s lacking in his worship, it is a lazy and worthless person you’re dealing with, and this person is not truthful when he says his intentions are good.

As for when one studies hadeeth and fiqh simply as an intellectual pursuit, worship is better in such a case. In fact, the difference between the two is like the difference between the normative and superlative. This is a general categorization, and by Allaah, I have only seen a few who are sincere in seeking this knowledge.”

[Ibn rajabs explanation to Aboo Ad-dardaa’s hadeeth, p.96]

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Seeking Benefit From The Dead, By Ibn Al-‘Arabi (Al-Maaliki)

Posted in Tawheed/Shirk with tags , , , , on June 10, 2015 by TheAuthenticBase

After mentioning the virtue of visiting one’s brother for the sake of Allaah, Ibn Al-‘Arabi said:

“This applies if he is alive. If he is dead, it is permissible to visit his grave too and to pray for mercy for him so that the deceased may benefit from the living (by his du’aa). But he should not seek to benefit from the deceased, because this is an innovation.”

[Quoted in Fath Al-Baaree, 3/65]

Advice Of Ibn Al-Jawzee

Posted in Dunya | Aakhirah with tags , , , , , on June 1, 2015 by TheAuthenticBase

“You should know my son, may Allaah guide you to what is right, that man has been distinguished by intellect only so that he would at according to it. Bring it to the fore, use it in contemplation and spend time alone with yourself. You will conclude that you are a created being who has responsibilities and obligations and that the two angels ar counting your every word and glance. Every breath is a step closer to death. The time we spend in this world is short, the time we are held in our graves is long, and the punishment for following our base desires is calamitous.

Where is the delight of yesterday? It has departed leaving only regret in its wake. Where is the soul’s desire? How many has it brought low, how many has it caused to slip and falter? People have only attained happiness by going against their lusts and desires. People have only become wretched by giving preference to the life of this world.

Learn from the lives of kings and ascetics: where is the delight of the kings and where is the weariness of the ascetics. The only thing left is the abundant reward and beautiful mention for the pious, and the malicious words and calamitous punishment for the disobedient. It is as if those who starved never starved, and those who ate to their fill never did so.

Laziness in virtuous deeds is an evil companion indeed, and love of comfort causes regret greater than any enjoyment. So take heed and tire yourself for your self.”

[“Sincere Counsel To Students Of Sacred Knowledge” by Ibn Al-Jawzee, Pp.38-39]