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Flame of Hope
05-19-2011, 12:50 AM
Hikmah of Knowledge Without Hikmah of Action

Some people may have Hikmah of knowledge. But we see that when they try correcting others, advising them, they lack the Hikmah of Action. This causes many a common folk to reject the Hikmah of knowledge.

To illustrate this hikmah of knowledge without Hikmah of action, a brother once completed the Salah in a local Masjid and then proceeded to shake hands with the people on his right and left. The brother to his immediate right slapped his hand and snapped, "That is not part of the Sunnah!" The man replied most correctly, "Oh, is disrespect and insult part of the Sunnah?""

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Flame of Hope
05-19-2011, 01:20 AM
In Islam, knowledge (`ilm) and action (`amal) are intrinsically an inexorably tied together, complementing one another. For any action to be correct, it has be based on true knowledge. At the same time, knowledge that is not put into practice is of no benefit, regardless of how correct that knowledge might be.

Flame of Hope
05-19-2011, 01:26 AM
Guidance is of Utmost Importance.

Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allah have mercy on him) writes in Kitâb al-Salâh:

The servant is in constant need of guidance to deal with everything that comes his way:

  • There are some matters that he has embarked upon without guidance, so he needs to repent from them.
  • There are other matters where he possesses general guidance, but needs to be guided in the details.
  • Then there are matters in which he has partial guidance wherein he needs to be guided completely.
  • There are those matters that he had been guided about in the past, but will need similar guidance for them in the future.
  • Still, there are those matters about which he possesses no belief whatsoever, so he needs to be guided about them from the start.
  • There are deeds that he has not yet performed, so he needs to be guided to carry them out.
  • There are those matters about which he already possesses proper beliefs and engages in correct actions, so he needs guidance so he may remain steadfast upon them.

Beyond all of this, there are many other forms of guidance.

Since the servant is in need of all of this, Allah has made it incumbent upon him to ask for guidance in his best circumstances, numerous times throughout morning and night.

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