The Sacred month of Rajab is here and we have an excellent fasting opportunity this week.
Jareer ibn ‘Abdullaah (Radia Allaahu ‘anhu) narrated that the Prophet ﷺ said: “Fasting three days of each month is fasting for a lifetime, and ayaam al-beed are the thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth.”
[Narrated by al-Nasaa’i (2420); classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Targheeb, (1040)]
This post is an extension to the previously posted article under the same title, in which we explained what makes people commit shirk today and how does one go about refuting the claims of those who call unto righteous people, saying that they call unto them because they have a high special status with Allaah.
As for this very post, we will begin with verses from surat an-Saba [34:22-23]:
“Say: [O Muhammad ﷺ to those polytheists, pagans, etc.] “Call upon those whom you assert (to be associate gods) besides Allaah, they possess not even the weight of an atom (or a small ant), either in the heavens or on the earth, nor have they any share in either, nor is there for Him any supporter from among them.”
“Intercession with Him profits not, except for him whom He permits. Until when fear is banished from their (angels) hearts, they (angels) say: ‘What is it that your Lord has said?’ They say: ‘The truth.’ And He is the Most High, the Most Great.”
Allaah mentions four characteristics of those whom they call besides Allaah: Read the rest of this entry
So far, in our previous posts, we have covered 3 advises that will aid a person in seeking knowledge, we move on to the 4th advice in this post.
Advice No. 4 – Lower your Wings and put Arrogance and Pride behind you ( خفض الجناح و نبذ الخيلاء و الكبرياء)
Adorn yourself with personal etiquette such as abstinence, forbearance, patience, humbleness to the truth, and the tranquility of a bird; i.e. dignity, calmness and lowering the wings (of humility), bearing the humility of learning for the honor of knowledge, and showing humility towards the truth.
Ibn ‘Uthaimeen (رحمه الله) said:
و ذالك لأن المقام يقتضي أن يكون عند طالب العلم عفة عما في أيدي الناس و عفة عن النظر المحرم و حلم لا يعجل بالعقوبة إذا أساء إليه إحد و صبر على ما يحصل له من الأذى مما يسمعه إما من عامة الناس و إما من أقرانه و إما من معلمه، فليصبر و ليحتسب.
And that is because the position required from the student of knowledge is to abstain from what is in the hands of people, and to abstain from looking at the unlawful, and forbearance (patience, self-control) in hastening punishment if one wrongs him, and patience with what he receives of harm from what he hears, whether it is from the general public, acquaintances, or his teacher. Let him show patience and hope for the reward from Allaah
و التواضع للحق و كذالك للخلق, فالتواضع للحق بمعنى: أنه متى بان له الحق خضع له و لم يبغ سواه بديلا. و كذالك للخلق، فكم من طالب فتح على معلمه أبوابا ليست على بال منه، فلا تحقرن شيئا.
And one should humble himself towards the truth, and similarly to the creation. Humbling oneself to the truth means that whenever the truth is clear, he yields to it and does not seek a substitute for it. And likewise to the creation, for how many a student have opened doors for their teacher which he could not perceive. Hence, one should not belittle anything
The student of knowledge accepts the truth. He does not go to another teacher or seek another Fatwa if the truth that comes from his teacher does not go along with his desire.If the intention of the student of knowledge is purely for the sake of Allaah, Allaah will make him a blessed person. His suggestions will be blessed suggestions – they will be of continuous goodness. And this does not happen to anyone, it is just for the blessed student of knowledge. Everyone ascribes purity to themselves and thinks that they are that blessed person. But we do not know, only Allaah knows.
و قوله: سكون الطائر من الوقار و الرزانة و خفض الجناح
The author’s (رحمه الله) statement: The tranquility of a bird; i.e. dignity, calmness and lowering of the wings:
Knowledge becomes beneficial knowledge when you act upon it, and is unbeneficial when you do not act upon it. The Prophet ﷺ sought refuge from unbeneficial knowledge by saying the following du’a:
…اللهم إني أعوذ بك من علم لا ينفع
“O Allaah! I seek refuge in You from knowledge which is not beneficial…..” [Muslim]
Read our article on advice No.2 that will aid a person in seeking knowledge.
Advice No. 3 – Continual Watchfulness (of Allaah) دوام المراقبة