Archive for the ‘knowledge’ Tag

“Don’t be the Fifth”

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Adh-Dhahabî stated in his Al-Kabâ’ir (The Major Sins) that Abû Ad-Dardâ’ said:

كن عالما، أو متعلما، أو مستمعا، أو محبا، ولا تكن الخامس فتهلك

“Be a scholar, a student, a listener, or a lover of knowledge, but don’t be the fifth (i.e. an ignorant) or you’ll be destroyed.”

This narration has many wordings, many of them weak.  Another similar narration reported by Abû Khaythamah An-Nasâ’î in Kitâb Al-`Ilm (The Book of Knowledge) on the authority of `Abd Allâh bin Mas`ûd is:

اغد عالما، أو متعلما، ولا تغد بين ذلك

“Aspire to be a scholar, or a student of knowledge, and do not aspire to be other than that.”

Similarly, Abû Khaythamah narrated that `Umar bin `Abd Al-`Azîz said:

إن استطعت أن تكون عالما، فكن عالما، فإن لم تستطع فكن متعلما، فإن لم تكن متعلما فأحبهم، فإن لم تحبهم، فلا تبغضهم

“If you are able to become a scholar, then become a scholar.  If you are unable to, then be a student (of knowledge).  If you are unable to be a student, then love them.  And if you do not love them, then do not hate them.”


Ash-Shafi`i on the Excellence of Knowledge

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Al-Imâm Shâfi`î –may Allaah have mercy on him- said:

“Seeking knowledge is better than the voluntary prayer.”

And he also said:

“After the obligatory matters there is nothing more excellent than seeking knowledge.”

And he also said:

“The one who desires the world; then upon him is knowledge, And the one who desires the hereafter; then upon him is knowledge!”

And he also said:

“The one who does not love knowledge; there is no goodness in him. Thus let not there be any connection between you and him, nor any companionship.”

Source: al-Majmoo’ of Imaam An-Nawawee

Taken and slightly edited from a recent email.