Gift of Knowledge

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
الحمد لله رب العالمين وصلى الله وسلم على رسول الله وعلى آله وأصحابه ومن اهتدى بهديه إلى يوم الدين أما بعد

 

عَبْدَ الرَّحْمَنِ بْنَ أَبِى لَيْلَى قَالَ لَقِيَنِى كَعْبُ بْنُ عُجْرَةَ فَقَالَ أَلاَ أُهْدِى لَكَ هَدِيَّةً ، إِنَّ النَّبِىَّ – صلى الله عليه وسلم – خَرَجَ عَلَيْنَا فَقُلْنَا يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ قَدْ عَلِمْنَا كَيْفَ نُسَلِّمُ عَلَيْكَ ، فَكَيْفَ نُصَلِّى عَلَيْكَ قَالَ
فَقُولُوا اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ ، وَعَلَى آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ ، كَمَا صَلَّيْتَ عَلَى آلِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ ، إِنَّكَ حَمِيدٌ مَجِيدٌ ، اللَّهُمَّ بَارِكْ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ ، وَعَلَى آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ ، كَمَا بَارَكْتَ عَلَى آلِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ ، إِنَّكَ حَمِيدٌ مَجِيدٌ

Abd al-Rahman ibn Abi Layla said Ka’b ibn ‘Ujratah met me and said,”Would you like me to give you a gift? – The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم came to us and we said you’ve taught us how to send you salam. How do we send you salutations? The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم replied say: “O Allah, exalt the mention of Muhammad and the family of Muhammad as you exalted the family of Ibrahim. You are Praised and Glorious. O Allah, bless Muhammad and the family of Muhammad as You blessed the family of Ibrahim. You are Praised and Glorious.” [Saheeh al-Bukhari, 6357; and Muslim, 935]

 

1. Abd al-Rahman ibn Abi Layla said Ka’b ibn ‘Ujratah met me and said, “Would you like me to give you a gift?” -:

Abd al-Rahman As-Sa’dee رحمه الله تعالى said: “These words show the Companions رضي الله عنهما and Tabi’oon’s superiority and desire for good and knowledge. So much so, they held knowledge about one issue as the most valuable gift. Reason being, knowledge remains and is well being for this life and the next.” [Sharhu Umdatil Ahkam vol 1 page 366]

2. Ibn Mulaqqin رحمه الله تعالى said: “A gift is given to gain someone’s love, friendship or to honor them. Some people even say it’s given in order to earn a reward in the next life and nothing in this life. In most cases a gift is food, drink, or clothing. However this hadeeth shows it to be permissible to give knowledge as a gift.” [‘Ilaam bi Faw’idi Umdat al-Ahkam, vol 3, p. 450]

3. Abdullah Al-Bassam رحمه الله تعالى said, “The salaf used to exchange knowledge about issues and verdicts as gifts. They considered these affairs as valuable gifts. Knowledge about religious issues and verdicts are the most precious gifts and presents.” [Tayseer al- ‘Alaam, vol 1, #117]

4. Shaykh Saleem Al-Hilalee حفظه الله تعالى said: “Abd al-Rahman ibn Abi Layla met Ka’b رضي الله عنه. Ka’b asked Abd al-Rahman if he wanted a gift. In those days the best gift one could give was knowledge about a religious issue. The Companions and the Tabi’oon used to consider knowledge as something precious. Therefore when a man taught his brother something, he has given him the best gift man can give.” [Zubdat al-Afham, vol 1, p. 504]

5. Shaykh Muqbil ibn Hadi al-Wadi رحمه الله تعالى said: “How beautiful knowledge is! It is better than gold and money. It is even better than beautiful women and worldly possessions…”

And Tawfeeq is from Allaah سبحانه و تعالى alone.

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