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The Excellence of the ‘Ulama

Imam Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah (ra)

In the Name of Allâh, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

Allah, the Mighty and Majestic, says in the Noble Qur’an:

“Allah bears witness that none has the right to be worshipped but He, and the angels, and those having knowledge (Ulul-‘llm) (also bear witness to this; (He is always) maintaining His creation in justice. None has the right to be worshipped but He. the All-Mighty. the All-Wise.” (Surah Aal-‘Imraan:18)

This verse shows the superiority of knowledge (‘ilm) and its people; the following points can be inferred from this verse:

1. Allah chose the people of knowledge (Ulul ‘ilm) to bear witness to His Oneness (Tawheed) over and above the rest of His creation.

2. Allah honored the people of knowledge by mentioning their testimony along with His testimony.

3. He raised high the status of the scholars by associating their testimony with the testimony of the angels.

4. This verse bears witness to the superiority of those who possess knowledge. Allah does not make any of His creation bear witness except the upright amongst them.

There is a well-known narration from the Prophet (sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam), who said:

“The upright in every generation will carry this knowledge, rejecting the distortions of the extremists, the false claims of the liars, and the (false) interpretations of the ignorant.” (the Hadith is Hasan)

5. Allah, the One free from all defects, Himself bears witness to His Oneness, and He is the greatest of witnesses. Then He chose from His creation the angels and the scholars – this is sufficient to show their excellence.

6. Allah made the scholars bear witness with the greatest and the most excellent testimony and that is, “None has the right to be worshipped but Allah.” Allah, the One free of all defects and the Most High, does not bear witness except to matters of great importance and only the greatest from Allah’s creation bear witness to this.

7. Allah made the testimony of the people of knowledge a proof against the rejecters. Thus they are its proofs and its signs, indicating His Oneness (Tawheed).

8. Allah, the Most High, used a single verb (shahida) to refer to His testimony and the testimony of the angels and the scholars. He did not use an additional verb for their testimony; thus he connected their testimony to His. This shows the strong link between their testimony and Allah’s testimony, as if He himself bore witness to His Oneness upon their tongues and made them utter this testimony.

9. Allah, the One free from all defects, made the scholars fulfill His right (that none has the right to be worshipped but Him) through this testimony and if they fulfill it then they have fulfilled and established this right of Allah upon them. Then it is obligatory upon mankind to accept this testimony which is the means to reach happiness in this life and in their final return (to Allah). Whosoever takes this guidance from the scholars and accepts this truth because of their testimony, then for the scholars there is a reward equal to them. And none knows the value of this reward but Allah.

From: at-Talib

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The Month of Safar

Praise be to Allaah, and blessings and peace be upon the Messenger of Allaah.

The month of Safar is one of the twelve Hijri months, and it is the month which comes after Muharram.  Some of the (scholars) said that it is so named because of the emptying (isfaar) of Makkah (i.e., its people would all leave) when they travelled during this month. It was also said that this month is named Safar because they used to raid other tribes at this time, and they would leave those whom they encountered bereft of their possessions (sifran min al-mataa’) – i.e., they would take all their belongings away and they would leave them with nothing.

(See Lisaan al-‘Arab by Ibn al-Mandhoor, part 4, p. 462-463)

Our discussion of this month will cover the following points:

1.     What has been narrated concerning it from the Arabs of the Jaahiliyyah.

2.      What has been narrated in Islam that contradicts the views of people of the Jaahiliyyah concerning this month.

3.     Innovations and corrupt beliefs concerning this month that exist among people who claim to be Muslims.

4.     What happened in this month of military campaigns and important events in the life of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).

5.     False ahaadeeth that have been narrated concerning Safar.

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Slow Dance

Have you ever watched kids
on a merry-go-round,

Or listened to rain
slapping the ground?

Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight,
or gazed at the sun fading into the night?

You better slow down.
Don’t dance so fast.

Time is short.
The music won’t last.

Do you run through each day
On the fly?

When you ask:  How are you?
Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done,
do you lie in your bed

With the next hundred chores
Running through your head?

You’d better slow down.
Don’t dance so fast,

Time is short,
The music won’t last.

Ever told your child,
We’ll do it tomorrow?

And in your haste,
Not see his sorrow?

Ever lost touch,
let a friendship die

Cause you never had time
To call and say, “Hi?”

You’d better slow down.
Don’t dance so fast.

Time is short.
The music won’t last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere
You miss half the fun of getting there.

When you worry and hurry through your day,
It’s like an unopened gift thrown away.

Life isn’t a race.
Do take it slower,

Hear the music
Before the song is over.

–David L. Weatherford

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