Monthly Archives: November 2010
Abd Allah ibn Abbas (Arabic: عبد الله ابن عباس) was a paternal cousin of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. He is revered by Muslims for his knowledge and was an expert in Tafsir (exegesis of the Qur’an), as well as an authority on the Islamic Sunnah. [Wikipedia]
This is why:
Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas:
Once the Prophet embraced me and said, “O Allah! Bestow on him the knowledge of the Book (Qur’an).”
Prophet (SAW)’s prayer for Ibn ‘Abbas was answered. His knowledge was deep as the ocean and he’s still considered an authority by the scholars. He transmitted many Ahadith, knew Tafsir of Quran, laws of fiqh and much more.
See the power of prayer? One du’a (prayer) took him to such exalted heights.
Lesson: get du’as from others by helping/serving them. Plus, make god du’as for others when they help/serve you, instead of just saying ‘thank you’.
Does a specialist have all the knowledge he needs related to his field? Will it suffice him forever? Obviously not! He needs research to stay in touch with the latest developments and findings. Because THERE IS NO LIMIT TO KNOWLEDGE! The more we learn about this universe, the more we realize how ignorant we are. There’s always someone who knows more than you. If not on this earth, then definitely in the heavens. :)
وفوق کل ذی علم علیم
..over all those endowed with knowledge is the All-Knowing (Allah). [Yusuf: 76]
Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas:
That he differed with Hur bin Qais bin Hisn Al-Fazari regarding the companion of (the Prophet) Moses. Ibn ‘Abbas said that he was Khadir. Meanwhile, Ubai bin Ka’b passed by them and Ibn ‘Abbas called him, saying “My friend (Hur) and I have differed regarding Moses’ companion whom Moses, asked the way to meet. Have you heard the Prophet mentioning something about him? He said, “Yes. I heard Allah’s Apostle saying, “While Moses was sitting in the company of some Israelites, a man came and asked him. “Do you know anyone who is more learned than you? Moses replied: “No.” So Allah sent the Divine Inspiration to Moses: ‘Yes, Our slave Khadir (is more learned than you.)’ Moses asked (Allah) how to meet him (Khadir). So Allah made the fish as a sign for him and he was told that when the fish was lost, he should return (to the place where he had lost it) and there he would meet him (Al-Khadir). So Moses went on looking for the sign of the fish in the sea. The servant-boy of Moses said to him: Do you remember when we betook ourselves to the rock, I indeed forgot the fish, none but Satan made me forget to remember it. On that Moses said: ‘That is what we have been seeking? (18.64) So they went back retracing their foot-steps, and found Khadir. (And) what happened further to them is narrated in the Holy Qur’an by Allah. (18.54 up to 18.82)
Lesson learnt. Never think you know best!
Hadith No. 72 is a repeat. Read here!
Narrated ‘Abdullah bin Mas’ud:
The Prophet said, “Do not wish to be like anyone except in two cases. (The first is) A person, whom Allah has given wealth and he spends it righteously; (the second is) the one whom Allah has given wisdom and he acts according to it and teaches it to others.”
What is wisdom? Let’s see what Wikipedia says:
Wisdom is a deep understanding and realizing of people, things, events or situations, resulting in the ability to choose or act to consistently produce the optimum results with a minimum of time and energy. It is the ability to optimally (effectively and efficiently) apply perceptions and knowledge and so produce the desired results. Wisdom is also the comprehension of what is true or right coupled with optimum judgment as to action.
Keywords: “Deep understanding”, “producing optimum results”, “comprehension of what is right”.
In terms of religion, wisdom generally refers to “deep understanding” of Quran and Sunnah. And with that, “producing optimum results” as a result of being able to “comprehend what is right”. (It should make sense!)
A person who is able to do all this, is surely inspirational. Wish to be like him! Because Allah says:
وَمَن يُؤْتَ الْحِكْمَةَ فَقَدْ أُوتِيَ خَيْرًا كَثِيرًا
“..and he, to whom Hikmah is granted, is indeed granted abundant good..” [Al-Baqarah: 269]
What’s your definition of ‘good’? What exactly do you feel when someone does ‘good’ to you?
good (noun) = excellence or merit; kindness
I heard Allah’s Apostle saying, “If Allah wants to do good to a person, He makes him comprehend the religion. I am just a distributor, but the grant is from Allah. (And remember) that this nation (true Muslims) will keep on following Allah’s teachings strictly and they will not be harmed by any one going on a different path till Allah’s order (Day of Judgment) is established.”
Humans’s’ good’ is faulty; either temporary or imperfect. Imagine Allah doing ‘good’ to people. What will His ‘good’ be like? :O
One form of this perfect ‘good’ is religious comprehension. Note: NOT religious ‘knowledge’ per se! Obviously, comprehension will come as a result of knowledge. But it’s a two-step thing. Knowledge AND comprehension. Get it?
So to ask Allah for this good, pray:
اللھمّ فقھنی فی الدین
Oh Allah! Grant me comprehension in religion.
Narrated Abu Wail:
‘Abdullah used to give a religious talk to the people on every Thursday. Once a man said, “O Aba ‘Abdur-Rahman! (By Allah) I wish if you could preach us daily.” He replied, “The only thing which prevents me from doing so, is that I hate to bore you, and no doubt I take care of you in preaching by selecting a suitable time just as the Prophet used to do with us, for fear of making us bored.”
‘Abdullah (RA) used to give ‘religious talks’. It was a weekly thing and is called wa’z (preaching). Ta’leem (education) is different. It has to be done regularly and very strictly. So you can’t say school is boring. The religious talks that are held weekly/twice a week in your neighborhood or nearby Masjid cannot happen on a regular basis because of this very reason: people tend to get bored and run away from it.
If you’re a preacher, keep this in mind. If you attend such lectures, rejoice. Prophet (SAW) cared about your moods! :)