Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Message for Friday - Be of the people who are grounded in knowledge

حَدَّثَنَا أَنَس بْن مَالِك وَأَبُو أُمَامَة وَأَبُو الدَّرْدَاء : أَنَّ رَسُول اللَّه (صلّى اللّه عليه و آله و سلّم) سُئِلَ عَنْ الرَّاسِخِينَ فِي الْعِلْم , فَقَال (صلّى اللّه عليه و آله و سلّم) مَنْ بَرَّتْ يَمِينه , وَصَدَقَ لِسَانه , وَاسْتَقَامَ بِهِ قَلْبه , وَعَفَّ بَطْنه وَفَرْجه ; فَذَلِكَ الرَّاسِخ فِي الْعِلْم.
(تفسير ابن أبي حاتم, تفسير الطبري)

Anas ibn Malik, Abu Umamah, and Abu Darda’a narrated to us that the Messenger of G'd was asked about those who are grounded in knowledge. Then he said:
Whoever does piety with his right hand, and speaks truthfully with his tongue, and seeks to be upright in his heart, chaste in his privacy , that is the person deeply rooted in knowledge.
[Ibn Abi Hatim –Tafseer, At-Tabari – Tafseer, & At-Tabarani in Mu`jam Al-Kabeer with a slight variance in wording]

Those who are grounded in knowledge qualify themselves through their obedience to G'd, and their constant purification of souls. Perversity within the hearts blocks individuals from benefiting from the knowledge that they may encounter unlike those who purify themselves through their worship and works. Moreover, those who are grounded in knowledge are more firm in their footsteps and posses more certainty in regards to their actions than blind followers.

يقول عزّ و جلّ (3:6): (هَوَ الَّذِى اَنْزَلَ عَلَيْكَ الكِتَابَ مِنْهُ ايَاتُ مُحُكَمَاتُ هُنَّ اُمُّ الكِتَابِ وَ اُخَرُ مُتَشَابِهَاتُ فَاَمَّا الَّذِيْنَ فِى قُلُوْبِهِمْ زَيْغُ فَيَتَّبِعُوْنَ مَا تَشَابَهَ مِنْهُ ابْتِغَاءَ الفِتْنَةِ وَ ابْتِغَاءَ تَأّوِيْلِهِ وَ مَا يَعْلَمُ تَأْوِيْلَهَ اِلاَّ اللّهُ وَ الرَّاسِخُوْنَ فِى العِلْمِ يَقُوْلُوْنَ امَنَّا بِهِ كُلُّ مِّنْ عِنْدِ رَبِّنَا وَ مَا يَذَّكَّرُ اِلاَّ اُوْلُ الاَلْبَابِ)
The Mighty and Sublime says in Al-Qur’an (3:6):
He it is who revealed the Book to you; from it are clear, logical signs – they are the mother of the Book and others that are allegorical/pictorial. Then those who in their hearts is perversity follow what is allegorical/pictorial, seeking to cause confusion and seeking to give it [their own baseless, independent] interpretation. And none know its interpretation except ALLAH, and those who are firmly rooted in knowledge. They say: We believe in it; it is from our Lord. And none mind except those of the first gate.

And surely G'd knows best.

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