Der Niedergang des orientalischen Christentums unter dem by Bat Ye'or

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Al-Hasan al-Basri said that Allaah did not reveal any verse but he wanted to learn concerning what it was revealed and what was meant by it. ” [al-Nisa’ 4:82] Considering words is only of benefit if one understands them. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “Verily, We have made it a Qur’aan in Arabic that you may be able to understand (its meanings and its admonitions)” [al-Zukhruf 43:3] The Messengers explained to the people that which was revealed to them from their Lord, and they had to convey it clearly to mankind.

Knowledge is the first step towards da’wah. But it is possible to combine knowledge and da’wah from beginning to end. If you cannot combine them, then you should start with (seeking) knowledge, because that is the basis on which da’wah rests. Al-Bukhaari (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in his Saheeh, in the tenth chapter of Kitaab al-‘Ilm (the Book of Knowledge), Baab al-‘Ilm qabla al-Qawl wa’l-‘Aml (Chapter on (acquiring) knowledge before speaking or acting). He quoted as evidence for that the aayah in which Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “So know (O Muhammad) that Laa ilaaha illallaah (none has the right to be worshipped but Allaah), and ask forgiveness for your sin, and also for (the sin of) believing men and believing women.

Hence our shaykhs forbade us to read al-Mughni and Sharh al-Muhadhdhab and other books which contain numerous opinions when we were starting out. One of our shaykhs told us that Shaykh ‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Abd al-Rahmaan Baabiteen (may Allaah have mercy on him), who was one of the great shaykhs of Najd, only read al-Rawd al-Murabba’ and never read anything else. He read it repeatedly but he discussed it in great detail and in great depth. If a person has gained a great deal of knowledge, then he should look at the views of the scholars so as to benefit from them in both academic and practical terms.

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