Did the Companions ask questions in order to know the ruling or to implement the answer? -Shaykh ibn al-’Uthaymeen

In the name of Allah the Most Gracious the Most Merciful

Did the Companions ask questions in order to know the ruling or to implement the answer?

By Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-’Uthaymeen may Allah have mercy on him

The Shaykh mentions this point of benefit in his explanation of the 29th hadith collected by Imaam Nawawi in “40 Hadith” under the section “From the Benefits of This Hadith”. He says,

(We derive from this hadith) the zeal of the Companions, may Allah be pleased with them all, for knowledge; for they constantly asked the Prophet, peace be upon him, about knowledge.

However, did the Companions ask questions in order to know the ruling or in order to apply what they learned?

Answer: the latter.

This is opposite to what some people do today when they ask in order to only learn of a ruling. Then they choose if they want to act upon it or not, and this is a mistake. Rather, make your intention to implement knowledge without inspecting the (various) statements of individuals. You find some people asking this scholar something and once he knows the answer he goes to ask a second, third, and fourth scholar. That is because he doesn’t want to act upon the knowledge, and this is a mistake. Therefore, do not ask about knowledge except for one goal, and it is action.

Translated by: Abu Awzaa’ee AbdusSalaam

الفقير الى الله

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