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Story of the Man Who Was Given Signs. II ICN SISTERS DARS 2-26-13. The Gift of Knowledge. Fulfilling an obligation Seeking knowledge is compulsory on every Muslim. Allah has praised knowledge Whoever Allah wants good for He gives him understanding of the religion. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Story of the Man Who Was Given Signs

IIICN SISTERS DARS 2-26-13Story of the Man Who Was Given SignsFulfilling an obligationSeeking knowledge is compulsory on every Muslim.Allah has praised knowledgeWhoever Allah wants good for He gives him understanding of the religion.Allah showed the superiority of human beings through their knowledge and intellectWhats the proof of this?What is one of the only things Allah commanded the Prophet to ask for more of in the Quran?Allah said And say O my Lord increase me in knowledge Taha:114

The Gift of KnowledgeIncreases a person in the fear and love of Allah Only those who have knowledge among his slaves that fear Allh. Al-Faatir 28The benefit of the knowledge remains even after a person passes awayEvidence?Who is better a person of knowledge or a worshipper?

Blessings of Knowledge And recite to them the story of him to whom We gave Our Ayat, but he threw them away; so Shaytan followed him up, and he became of those who went astrayIbn Katheer said it is well-known that this honorable Ayah was revealed about a man from the Children of Israel in ancient timesOthers have said that it is a man from YemenOthers said that it was Ummayah ibn Abi SaltThe strongest opinion is that it applies to anyone who follows what the person did

Al-Araaf Ayah 175Scholars differ in regards to what this meansSome said it meant that Allah blessed him with knowledgeKnowledge of who Allah is and His greatest nameThe ability to read, understand, memorize, and explain versesOthers said that he was blessed with the acceptance of his duasOthers say it was the ability to worship Allah Allah blessed him with ayaatHe had been given many gifts, but he did not take care of them and because of neglect those gifts were taken awayShaykh Tantawi in his tafseer said this is the example of a person who does not act upon his knowledgeHe quoted another mufassir as saying the following:This is like the example of a person Allah has blessed with knowledge of his verses he is a scholar who has memorized the rules and principles and has the ability to explain them and defend them, but he has not been given the ability to act upon them. In reality his actions actually contradict his knowledge, so the knowledge he has been stripped of this knowledge. Knowledge which is not acted upon does not remain. This is like a snake that sheds its skin or when a person takes off his clothes in the end he has no connection with his former clothes and he remains naked.Al-Jazairee said it means that the man committed kufr, through the book of Allah behind his back, and distanced himself from itHe threw them away (44)Do you order righteousness of the people and forget yourselves while you recite the Scripture? Then will you not reason? (2) (3)O you who have believed, why do you say what you do not do?It is very hateful in the sight of Allah that you say what you do not do.Warnings of not acting according to teachingsShaytaan catches and takes hold of such a personShaytaan justifies a persons actions and then the person remains off the path of guidanceKnowledge is a form of protectionIt teaches us about our purpose in life and about morals and valuesHe used to be amongst the guided and now he is amongst the misguidedA person can go from the best of the best to the worst of the worst and vice-versaThis is a person who preferred to do things his own way rather than follow the guidance of AllahWhat are the consequences of neglecting the blessings of Allah? And had We willed, We would surely have elevated him through the ayaat but he clung to the earth and followed his own unproductive desires.)Shaykh Saadi said this means that Allah would have given him the ability to act upon his knowledge, but the man gave preference to the world over the hereafter and decided to obey his own desires over the laws and commands of Allah So his example is like that of a dog: if you drive him away, he pants, or if you leave him alone, he (still) pants.)No matter what is presented to him he will always prefer the dunya over the aakhirah. Warning a person like this will make no difference Why did this happen? That is the example of the people who denied Our signs. So relate the stories that perhaps they will give thought.Derive at least ten benefits from this storyActivityTime Remaining in Activity7654321Allah attributed the gift to himself when he said we had given him our signsTurning away from knowledge is major because the only one who can provide it is Allah The person chose misguidance over knowledge and kufr over imaan and he did it intentionallyHe left Imaan in such a complete way that there was no returning to itAllah described it as the same word used when snakes shed their skin, they can never go back into the same skinShaytaan overcame him, gained power over him, and devoured himKnowledge is either an evidence for you or against youIbn al-qayyim reflecting on the previous versesThe believers should always strive for the bestHe was satisfied with the temporary pleasures of this world at the expense of eternal pleasures in the hereafterHe made his desires his imam (leader) and guide rather than revelation (50) But if they do not respond to you - then know that they only follow their [own] desires. And who is more astray than one who follows his desire without guidance from Allah ? Indeed, Allah does not guide the wrongdoing peopleIn Allah comparing him to a dog there are lessonsThe dog has weak determinationIt is very stingy Easily satisfied

Some more benefitsThey sit on door steps of jannah and they call people to jannah through their words but they call people to the fire through their actionsEvery time they say through their words come closerTheir actions tell the people do not listen to themOn the surface they are guidesBut in reality they are bandits and robbers that take advantage of peopleHow many people reminding others about Allah truly forget AllahHow many people calling to Allah are running away from Allah?How many people bringing others closer to Allah are distancing themselves from Allah?How many reciters of the verses of Allah are stripping themselves from the book of Allah?Ibn Al-Qayyim Commenting on evil scholarsDo not give into the whisperings of shaytaan and say that who am I to correct what is wrong and teach people when I myself have so many deficiencies If people waited to become perfect then no one would be able to do anythingWork on your mistakes, but at the same time call others to what is rightEven if you are engaged in a sin, acknowledge the sin and discourage others from acting upon that same actionWarning

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