Chapter 3 Virtues of seeking knowl...

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Chapter 3 Virtues of seeking knowledge

Chapter 3  Virtues of seeking knowledge

It is reported that Qabisah ibn al-Mukhariq said: "I came to the prophet (PBUH), and he asked me, what brings you here Qabisah?'. I replied: I have grown old and my bones have grown weak, so I have to come to you that you may teach me something by which Allah may benefit me'. He told me: 'O Qabaisah, every stone, tree or pieces of clay that you pass asks Allah's forgiveness for you. Qabisah, when you have prayed the dawn prayer, say this three times: 'Most Glorified is Allah Almighty; all praise be to him! (Subhan Allah al-Azim w bi-Hamdih)'. You will then by protected from blindness, leprosy and semi-paralysis. Qabisah, say: 'O Allah, I ask you of what you have. Grant me of your generosity, cover me with your mercy, and send down your blessings upon me (Allahuma inni As'aluka mimma indak, w afid alyya min fadlek, wanshur alyya min rahmatik, wa'anzel alyya min barakatek)"'.

(Related by Ahmed ibn Hanbal)

The following Hadith is from Abu d-Darda: "I heard the messenger of Allah (PBUH) say: "for him who seeks a road to knowledge, Allah eases a road to paradise. The angels lower their wings to him who seeks knowledge, in satisfaction with what he is doing. All those in the heavens and those on earth, even fishes in the water, seek forgiveness for the knowledgeable. In Allah's eyes, a knowledgeable person is a superior to an ordinary worshipper as the moon is superior in brilliance to the other heavenly bodies. The people of knowledge (uluma) are the heirs of the prophets. The prophets did not bequeath a dirham or a dinar. They only left knowledge; and that is great fortune for those who grasp it'''.

(Related by Abu Daud, at-Tirmidhi, ibn Majah, ibn Hibban, and al-Bayhaqi)

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