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The most excellent of actions, after the Obligatory Duties

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And Sufyaan ibn Uyainah al-Hilaalee said, “Whoever seeks knowledge then he has pledged allegiance to Allaah.” [Refer to `Madaarijas-Salikeen,’ vol.2, p.470.]

“Indeed some of them, may Allaah have mercy upon them, have clearly stated, amongst them Maalik, ash-Shaafi’ee and Imaam Ahmad, and it is stated word for word by Aboo Haneefah – that, `… the most excellent of actions, after the obligatory duties, is seeking knowledge.

This saying is witnessed to by the saying of the Messenger of Allaah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam), “The excellence of knowledge is greater than optional actions and the best of your religion is piety.” [Sahih at-Targheeb wat-Tarheeb, no.65].

And Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in ‘Miftaah Daaris-Sa’aadah, commenting upon this hadeeth, “This speech is the decisive saying in this matter because if it is the case that some knowledge and an action are both obligatory, then they must both be done, such as fasting and prayer. In that case the excellence of knowledge, optional knowledge is better than the excellence of extra and optional worship. This is because the benefit of knowledge is general, it benefits its possessor and it benefits the rest of the people as well. Whereas the benefit of worship is particular to the person who does that worship. Also because with the scholar, his benefit and knowledge remains after his death. Whereas worship is cut off from him at his death.”

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02/05/2012 at 8:52 AM

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