Cognitive shift


Knowledge Mandates Action


25 Statements About Knowledge Mandating Action:

1 – Mu`adh ibn Jabal (رضي الله عنه) narrated that the Messenger of Allaah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:

“The two feet of the servant will not cease (from standing before Allaah) on the Day of Judgement until he is asked about four matters: On his life and how he spent it; On his wealth and where he earned it and on what he spent it; And on his knowledge and what he did for it.”

2 – Usamah ibn Zayd (رضي الله عنه) narrated that the Messenger of Allaah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:

“A man will be brought on the Day of Judgement and thrown into the Hellfire where his intestines will spill out. So it will be said (to him): ‘Weren’t you the one who used to command good and forbid evil?’ So he will say: ‘I used to command you to do good yet not do it myself. And I used to forbid you from evil yet commit it myself.’”

3 – Anas ibn Malik (رضي الله عنه) narrated that the Messenger of Allaah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:

“On the night that I was ascended up to the heavens, I came across a people whose lips were being cut off by pliers made from fire. Every time their lips were severed, they would be brought back and formed again. So I said: ‘Oh Jibreel, who are these people?’ He said: ‘They are speakers from your nation, who say words but do not do deeds and who read the Book of Allaah yet do not act (on it).’”

4 – `Eesa ibn Maryam (عليه السلام) said:

“Until when will you show the way to those who walk at night in the dark while you yourselves are living with the confused? Verily, that which should be sought from knowledge is a little, while (that which should be sought) from action is a lot.”

5 – `Eesa ibn Maryam (عليه السلام) said:

“Woe to you, O worshippers of the worldly life! To what avail is the vastness of the sun’s light to a blind man if he is not able to see it? Likewise, it is of no avail to a scholar to have much knowledge if he does not act upon it. How numerous are the fruits of the tree, yet not all of them are useful or eaten. And how numerous are the scholars yet not all of you implements what he knows.”

6 – `Eesa ibn Maryam (عليه السلام) said:

“O scholars of evil! You have put the worldly life at the top of your heads and the Hereafter below your feet. Your speech is a cure, but your actions are a disease. Your example is like that of a Diflee (Oleander Tree) – it pleases the one who looks at it but kills the one who eats from it.”

7 – `Umar ibn al-Khattab (رضي الله عنه) said:

“Do not be fooled by the one who recites the Qur’an for that is only words that we utter. Rather, look at the one who acts upon it.”

8 – Abu al-Dardaa’ (رضي الله عنه) said:

“Verily, the most dreaded thing that I fear for myself is that it be said to me (on the Day of Judgement): ‘O ‘Uwaymir, did you have knowledge?’ And so I will respond: ‘Yes.’ Then it will be said to me: ‘So what deeds did you do based on your knowledge?’”

9 – There was a young boy that would often go to the Mother of the believers, `A’ishah (رضي الله عنها), and ask her questions, so she would narrate hadeeth to him. One day, he went to her and asked her some questions, so she said: “My dear child! Did you act upon what you heard from me (previously)?” He said: “No, by Allaah, dear mother.” So she said: “My dear child! Then why do you seek to gain more of Allaah’s proofs againt us and you?”

10 – Ahmad ibn Hanbal (رحمه الله) said when he was asked about a man that writes ahaadeeth and records many of them:

“He is required to produce many deeds due to them, in accordance with how much he has accumulated of them (ie: the ahaadeeth).”

Then he said: “The outcomes of knowledge are the same as the outcomes of wealth. When wealth increases, the Zakaat that is due for it also increases.”

11 – Mansoor ibn Zaadhaan (رحمه الله) said:

“I have been informed that one of the people who will be thrown in the Hellfire – even the inhabitants of Hell will find his stench offensive. So it will be said to him: ‘Woe to you! What did you used to do? Is it not enough what we are upon from a bad condition, such that we had to be tested with you and the foul smell of your stench?’ So he will say: ‘I used to be a scholar but did not benefit from my knowledge.’”

12 – Bakr ibn Khunals (رحمه الله) said:

“Verily, in the Hellfire there is a valley which the Hellfire seeks refuge from seven times every day. And verily, in this valley there is a pit which the valley and the Hellfire seek refuge from seven times every day. And verily, in this pit there is a snake which the pit, the valley and the Hellfire seek refuge from seven times every day. It will begin first with the wicked bearers of the Qur’an. So they will say: ‘O Lord! Will you start with (punishing) us before the idol worshippers?’ It will be said to them: ‘The one who knows is not like the one who does not know.’”

13 – Mutarraf ibn `Abdillaah ibn al-Shakeer (رحمه الله) used to say:

“O my brothers! Strive hard to perform (good) deeds, for if the matter is as we hope for from Allaah’s mercy and forgiveness, we will have levels in Paradise. And if the matter will be severe as we fear and are wary of, we will not say:

رَبَّنَا أَخْرِجْنَا نَعْمَلْ صَالِحًا غَيْرَ الَّذِي كُنَّا نَعْمَلُ

‘Our Lord, take us out (from Hell). We will do righteous deeds contrary to that (evil) which we used to do.’ • [Fatir 35:37]

(Rather), we will say: ‘We had acquired knowledge but it did not benefit us.’”

14 – Abu Qulaabah (رحمه الله) said:

“If Allaah presents you with knowledge, then present Him with worship, and do not let your only concern be to narrate it to the people.”

15 – Al-Khawwaas (رحمه الله) said:

“Knowledge is not based on reporting many narrations. Rather, the one with (true) knowledge is only he who seeks after the knowledge implements it and follows the aspects of the Sunnah – even if he only has a little knowledge.”

16 – `Abdullaah ibn al-Mu’taz (رحمه الله) said:

“The knowledge of a hypocrite is in his speech, while the knowledge of a believer is in his actions.”

17 – A man once asked Sufyaan ibn `Uyaynah (رحمه الله) about the chain of narration of a hadeeth, so he said:

“What will you do with its chain of narration? As for you, then the wisdom in it (ie: the hadeeth) has already been conveyed to you, and (now) the exhortation in it is what is binding on you.”

18 – Dawood al-Taa’ee (رحمه الله) said:

“Did you ever see a warrior when he intends to go out to battle? Doesn’t he first gather together his means? So if he spends his entire life in gathering these means, when will he fight in the war? Verily, knowledge is the means of action. So if someone spends his entire life gathering it, when will he do good deeds?”

19 – Yoosuf ibn al-Hussayn (رحمه الله) said:

“There are two forms of transgression in the world: The transgression of knowledge and the transgression of wealth. That which will save you from the transgression of knowledge is worship. And that which will save you from the transgression of wealth is renouncing it.”

20 – Sahl ibn `Abdillaah (رحمه الله) said:

“Knowledge is one of the pleasures of this worldly life. But when one acts on it, it then becomes for the Hereafter.”

21 – Sahl ibn `Abdillaah (رحمه الله) said:

“The worldly life is ignorance and lifelessness except for knowledge. And all knowledge is a proof (against you) except for that which is acted upon. And all actions are floating particles of dust (ie: invalid) except those done with sincerity (ie: for the sake of Allaah). So sincerity is of extreme consequence such that the action becomes complete with it.

22 – Al-Fudayl ibn `Iyyad (رحمه الله) said:

“A person with knowledge will not cease to be ignorant of what he knows until he acts upon it. So when he acts upon it, then he becomes a person with knowledge.”

23 – Maalik ibn Deenaar (رحمه الله) said:

“I read in the Torah: ‘Verily, when the scholar doesn’t act on his knowledge, his admonition slides off from the hearts just as the drops of rain slide off from the stone.”

24 – Al-Hasan al-Basri (رحمه الله) said:

“Beware of procrastinating, for indeed you are in your present day and not in your tomorrow. So if there is a tomorrow for you, then be in tomorrow as you are in today. And if there is no tomorrow for you, then do not regret over what you neglected today.”

25 – Muhammad ibn Samurah al-Saa’ih wrote to Yoosuf ibn Asbaat (رحمهما الله):

“O brother! Beware of letting procrastination take control of you and letting it take a firm root in your heart, for indeed it is the cause for fatigue and wasting (time). Due to it, aspirations are cut short and appointed times are not met. If you allow this to happen, you have to let it free you from your resolutions, and in effect, take you over. And reclaim your body from the lethargy that overtook you. But when it returns back to you, your soul will not benefit from your body. And hasten, my brother, for indeed you are being hastened. And rush, for indeed you are being rushed. And be serious, for indeed, the matter is serious. Awaken from your sleep and snap out of your heedlessness. And remember what you have left behind, what you fell short in, what you neglected, what crimes you committed and what deeds you did, for indeed that it recorded and you will be held accountable for it. So it is as if the matter has come upon you all of a sudden and so you are (either) happy with what you have put forth for it or remoreseful for what you have neglected.”

• Taken from ‘Knowledge Mandates Action’ by al-Khateeb al-Baghdadi (رحمه الله)




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