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    Humility: Mark of a true scholar



    Humility: Mark of a true scholar




    When an ear of corn is plentifully heavy with seed, it tilts and leans over. But if it is unfilled and light, it remains standing tall and proud. Such is the state of the believing slave; the more knowledge and faith in Allah that fills his heart, the more he will lower himself in humbleness and modesty towards the believers.




    "But you may hate a thing although it is good for you, and may love a thing although it is evil for you. Allah knows, and you do not."(Baqarah:216)

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    In times when we observe the evil effects of pride and arrogance affecting the Muslim communities around us, it can be uplifting to turn to a simple, yet powerful example of a teacher who did not let his high position among people to develop a sense of self-righteousness or conceit inside him.



    "But you may hate a thing although it is good for you, and may love a thing although it is evil for you. Allah knows, and you do not."(Baqarah:216)

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    Once a student of this teacher sought permission to recite a poem. The teacher consulted and gave permission. The student began to recite his poetry that began by praising the spread of Islam and the rise of the truth regardless of the efforts of flasehood.



    "But you may hate a thing although it is good for you, and may love a thing although it is evil for you. Allah knows, and you do not."(Baqarah:216)

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    The student then reached a line which attributed the good he described to a condition: “...As long as there is in our midst the son of Saleh, the sheikh of our awakening, with the likes of him the support and triumph is expected.”




    "But you may hate a thing although it is good for you, and may love a thing although it is evil for you. Allah knows, and you do not."(Baqarah:216)

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    At this the teacher interrupted. He proclaimed clearly that he does not agree with this line. He explains that Truth should not be tied with certain individuals. For every person shall pass away, and if the people tied the Truth to a certain individual, they would lose hope.





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    But he does not leave the student there. Instead he asks him to replace this line with, “As long as there is in our midst the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Messenger.”




    "But you may hate a thing although it is good for you, and may love a thing although it is evil for you. Allah knows, and you do not."(Baqarah:216)

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    Not only did this humble teacher correct the student, he also led him to a better alternative, which did not put an end to the entire recitation.




    "But you may hate a thing although it is good for you, and may love a thing although it is evil for you. Allah knows, and you do not."(Baqarah:216)

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    The student obeyed. Indeed, when the teacher is humble, the students too are likely to be humble. Then the student continued with his poem: “Ibnul Uthaymeen, our Faqih…”





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    The teacher again interrupted. He now realized the entire poem was dedicated for him, so he firmly, yet very gently, objected to any further recitation of this poem. With the utmost regard for the feelings of the student, the teacher asks if there was anything else the student would like to share.





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    The teacher then continued in a very calm tone offering valuable advice – in three points – to his students.

    First, men may go astray, he advised, so never associate the success and permanence of the Truth with men. He then quoted Ibn Mas’ud’s saying, “Whoever wants to take an example, take the example of someone who died, because the living one is not safe from Fitna.”





    "But you may hate a thing although it is good for you, and may love a thing although it is evil for you. Allah knows, and you do not."(Baqarah:216)


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