Wednesday, December 3, 2014
by Dr. Faisal Az-Zanâmi al Wâdi'ee
Taught by: Umm Hyatt al-Ameriki حفظها الله
Notes of: Umm Hasna bint Jabir as-Saylâniyyah
The book we will be studying is written by Dr. Faisal, who was a doctor in Dammaj, Yemen. He was the doctor of Sheikh Muqbil رحمه الله and has studied from both Sheikh Muqbil bin Hadee al Wadi'ee رحمه الله and Sheikh Yahya bin 'Alee al Hajooriee حفظه الله. Though he has written this book for children, it is beneficial for the adults as well. Insha-Allaah this book will teach us the 'Basics of Aqeedah, Tawheed, Fiqh & Seerah' which every Muslim is obligated to know. In fact, the question and answer format is adhering to the methodology of Prophet Muhammad صلّى اللَّهُ عليه وسلّم.
Umm Hyatt حفظها الله thereafter, advised the students that in order to fear Allaah سُبحانه وتعالى one has to have knowledge of His Creator. This necessitates that we must make an effort to gain that beneficial knowledge. Intelligence is in our hearts and we understand with our heart. The people of knowledge are those who fear Allaah سُبحانه وتعالى , they are the Ulema (Scholars).
Allaahسُبحانه وتعالى also says in the Qur’aan:
إِنَّمَا يَخْشَى اللَّهَ مِنْ عِبَادِهِ الْعُلَمَاء
"It is only those who have knowledge among His slaves that fear Allâh."
** Why did Allaahسُبحانه وتعالى state that the Ulema have the most fear (khashya)?
Allaahسُبحانه وتعالى praised the Ulema (scholars) in this ayah, due to them having the most knowledge. They carry out all the actions in obedience to Allaah سُبحانه وتعالى with taqwa. The Ulema also leave off sins fearing His سُبحانه وتعالى's punishment. Therefore, they are the ones who fear Allaah the most.
Umm Hyatt explained that علماً نافعاً (Ilman Naafi'an) is connected to Allaahسُبحانه وتعالى and His Deen. This is khair because even an ant in its hole and the whales in the ocean make dua and send salaam for the one who teaches knowledge. This knowledge is concerning 'talabul ilm.' This is due to the benefit that is derived from theعلماً نافعاً (beneficial knowledge) as the benefit goes down even to the ant in its hole since the Ulema teach what is halaal, haraam, being good to animals, rights of animals etc.