Effects of not acting upon knowledge -Ibn al-‘Uthaymeen

In the name of Allah the Most Gracious the Most Merciful

Effects of not acting upon knowledge

By Shaykh Bakr Abu Zayd and Muhammad bin Saalih al-’Uthaymeen may Allah have mercy on them both

Shaykh Bakr Abu Zayd mentions in his book “The Etiquette of Seeking Knowledge” a statement collected by Al-Khateeb that ‘Ali Ibn Abi Taalib (may Allah be pleased with him) said:

هتف العلم بالعمل فان أجابه و الا ارتحل

“Knowledge calls for action, so either the call is answered or (knowledge) will take off.”

Shaykh Ibn al-‘Uthaymeen comments on this and mentions a line of poetry:

و عالم بعلمه لم يعملن معذب من قبل عباد الوثن

“The learned person that does not act upon his knowledge will be punished before worshipers of idols.”

Translated by: Michael AbdusSalaam Deonarain

الفقير الى الله

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