From: jimas <>

Subject: education

Date: Thursday, May 18, 2000 4:06 PM



14th Safar 1421:18th May '00 : Thurs:11.30 pm (UK time)

From Abu Muntasir,Assalaam 'alaikum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuhu.

Innal hamdalillaah was-salaat was-salaam 'alaa rasoolillaah.

Sent by shakir:

Taken with permission from the publisher al-Basheer from:

‘Commentary on the Forty Hadith of al-Nawawi’ by

Jamaal al-Din M. Zarabozo (variously from pp.729-738):

On the authority of Abu al-Abbaas Abdullah ibn Abbaas (ra’huma)

who said: One day I was riding behind the Prophet (saw) and he

said to me, "O young man, I shall teach you some words [of

advice]. Be mindful of Allah and Allah will protect you. Be

mindful of Allah, and you will find Him in front of you. If you

ask, ask of Allah. If you seek help, seek help in Allah. Know

that if the nation were to gather together to benefit you with

something, they would not benefit you with anything except that

which Allah has already recorded for you. If they gather to

harm you by something, they would not be able to harm you by

anything except what Allah has already recorded against you.

The pens have been lifted and the pages have dried."

Recorded by al-Tirmidhi who said, "It is a hasan sahih hadith."

In a narration other than that of al-Tirmidhi, it states, "Be

mindful of Allah, you will find Him in front of you. Become

beloved to Allah during times of prosperity, He will know you

in times of adversity. Know that what has passed you by was

never to befall you. And [know that] what has befallen you was

never to have passed you by. And know that victory accompanies

perseverance, relief accompanies affliction, and ease

accompanies hardship."

...The first narration mentioned above is sahih [authentic] due

to its numerous different chains and supporting evidences. It

has been graded sahih by al-Albaani, Ahmad Shaakir, ibn Muhammad,

al-Hilaali and Shuaib al-Arnaoot. [Refer to the footnotes for

complete referencing and a more detailed takhreej.]

Ibn al-Jauzi once said about this hadith, "I pondered over this

hadith and it amazed me to the point that I almost became

lightheaded... What a pity for the one who is ignorant of this

hadith and has little understanding of its meaning."

[Quoted in ibn Rajab, Noor, p. 35.]

...When the Prophet (saw) made this statement to ibn Abbaas,

ibn Abbaas was just about to enter the state of puberty. This is

truly a significant aspect of this hadith. The Prophet (saw)

taught ibn Abbaas some of the most fundamental aspects of the

religion. He taught them to ibn Abbaas at a time that he could

start practicing and implementing them...

In this hadith, the Prophet (saw) teaches this young man about

patience, victory, hardship, relief and so forth. Commenting on

this aspect, al-Baitaar wrote, "What is the relationship between

this young man and these teachings? What does he know about

victory, the need for victory and what are the means to victory?

How does he know what hardships, worries and concerns are or what

is difficulty or ease?... But the Messenger of Allah (saw) was

the real teacher. He intentionally taught this person at that age

and he intentionally taught him these words because he knew - an

he was receiving revelation - that a young person is more in need

of these teachings than an older person. This is because these

words are a portion of a Muslim’s belief. If a young man grows up

with these beliefs, they form part of his being and thinking,

they intertwine with his flesh and blood. If he is left without

them until his thought and behaviours become rigid, no matter how

much one will try to teach him and convince him later, his

background that he was brought up upon, of fear, despair and

relying upon humans, will drive his thought and actions.

Therefore, the Prophet (saw) directed these specific words to a

young man who was just about to reach the stage of puberty so

that he could live under these teachings and think in this manner

without any need for later convincing or teaching."

[Al-Baitaar, p.124.]

One can see examples of the Messenger of Allah (saw) teaching

youth in many hadith. He took the time to teach ibn Abbaas,

Abdullah ibn Masood, al-Numan ibn Basheer and many of the

other young Companions. He taught them essential matters while

they were still young. They grew up practicing them and

increasing their understanding of them every day...

This is how a Muslim child must be brought up in the religion of

Islam. He must be taught its essential aspects before he reaches

the age of puberty...Perhaps under the influence of the West,

many Muslim children behave as if they are not responsible for

their actions or are not adults until they are eighteen or

twenty-one...One will find at Muslim conferences, young Muslims

who are attending college - and can fathom physics and calculus -

sitting in the youth sessions with eight- and nine-year olds,

claiming that the lectures are too difficult for them...

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