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An advice of Shaykh Aboo Uthman

Muhammad al-Anjaree to Abdullaah
ibn Sameer as-Salafee al-Qaahiree

Asalaamu alaikum,

I ask Allaah, Oh Abdullah, that He preserves you and
provides you sincerity and correctness. Oh Abdullaah ibn
Sameer, our Prophet said:

"Whoever goes out seeking knowledge then he is in the
Path of Allaah until he returns"

Narrated by at-Tirmidhi and Shaykh al-Albani said it was

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And on the authority of Qays bin Katheer who said:

"A man set out from Madeenah to reach Aboo ad-Dardaa
while he was in Damascus. So he (Aboo ad-Dardaa) said:

"What brings you here my brother?"

He (the man) said: a narration has reached me that you
narrated from the Messenger of Allaah.

He (Aboo ad-Dardaa) said:

"You didn't come for (any other) need?!" He said: No.

He (Aboo ad-Dardaa) said:

"You did not set out for business/ trade?!" He said: No.

He (Aboo ad-Dardaa) said:

"You only came in search for this Hadeeth?!"

So he (Aboo ad-Dardaa) said: Certainly I heard the
Messenger of Allaah say:

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"He who follows a path in quest of knowledge, Allah
will make the path of Jannah easy to him. The angels
lower their wings over the seeker of knowledge, being
pleased with what he does. The inhabitants of the
heavens and the earth and even the fish in the depth of
the oceans seek forgiveness for him. The superiority of
the scholar over the worshipper is like that of the full
moon to the rest of the stars. The scholars are inheritors
of the Prophets. They do not inherit dinar or dirham but
they only inherit knowledge; and he who acquires it, has
in fact acquired an abundant portion."

And so always remember oh Abdullah that the knowledge
which the Prophet and his companions
were upon, caused them to inherit fear and

Allaah the Most High said:

[ ) : 701 - 701

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Say, Believe in it or do not believe. Indeed, those who
were given knowledge before it when it is recited to
them, they fall upon their faces in prostration, And they
say, Exalted is our Lord! Indeed, the promise of our
Lord has been fulfilled. And they fall upon their faces
weeping, and the Quran increases them in fear and awe

And I say to your noble father Sameer and your mother
and your brothers may Allaah reward them
for their patience and encouragement, for this
encouragement places in the heart eagerness and the urge
to compete. Allaah says:

[ ) : 62

So for this let the competitors compete. (83:26)

Therefore, Oh Abdullah, along with your seeking
knowledge of that which the Prophet and his companions
were upon, (I advise you) to be a person who possesses the
upper hand
and not to ask the people (for) anything and
memorize from me very well the meaning of the

which has been translated as the upper hand has been explained as the one who is
able to give and not the one who ask from the people as in the hadeeth:
The upper hand is better than the lower hand (ie; the hand which gives is better than the
hand that takes)

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(following) narration. On the authority of Aboo Ahwas
Salaam who said:

"I heard Sufyaan ath-thawri saying: 'I advise you to perform
the deeds of heroes and obtain wealth from the lawful and spend
on the family'

And on the authority of Jaabir al-Khaywaanee who said:
"I was with Abdullah ibn Amr and a qahraman
from Syria
came for a visit to him and two remained from Ramadan.
Abdullah said:

'Have you left with your family that which will suffice
them?' He (the man) said: 'I left with them nafaqa
. So
Abdullah said:

'I adjure you (by Allaah) when you have returned leave
for them that which will suffice them for I heard the
Messenger of Allaah saying:

"It is sufficient sin for a person to neglect those he

In Lisan al-Arab is one who has guardianship and control over those
under his hand (care)
The money a husband spends on his wife and family

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Yes! Oh Abdullah, the Sunnee, the Salafee does not neglect
the rights (of his family/others) and the obligations
and/while he is a carrier of the banner of knowledge and
the Sunnah. The Prophet said:

"The best of you are those who are best to their families
and I am the best of you to my family" And the Prophet
(also) said:

"All of you are guardians and all of you are responsible
for those under his care"

Your brother Muhammad Uthman al-Anjaree

Translators note: This advice is a great reminder for the
salafees to prioritize and give great importance to
themselves and their families before others and busying
themselves with that which will bring them benefit.

Translator: Abu Anas Atif Hasan