Three Good Points

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Prophet Muhammad SAW beautiful words :

“Ask questions of the learned, speak with the wise, and associate with the poor”

 

In asking questions of learned people, one gains knowledge outside the realm of one’s own opinion and worldly desires. In other words, one should not rely completely on his own reasoning, rather he should also seek knowledge from those who know.

By speaking with the wise, one becomes wiser himself and learns to use his intellect to synthesize the knowledge that he is given. It is not enough to simply have knowledge. One must also possess a degree of wisdom.

Those first two points are obvious in their benefits, but why has the Prophet included the last piece of advice? Even in pondering that question, we have begun the process of reasoning! Sitting with those who are poor makes us reflect on ourselves, our preoccupation with this worldly life and on how Allah has given us a responsibility of giving to those in financial need and teaching those in intellectual need. This also humbles those with higher intellect to sit with those who have not achieved such levels and to realize that they cannot be superior to them except through piety and good deeds. 

Source : Tuhaf-ul-‘Uqul, by Abu Muhammad al-Hasan ibn ‘Ali al-Husayn ibn Shu’ba al-Harrani p. 34.

2 thoughts on “Three Good Points

  1. Three GOOD points are an understatement here my friend.
    I really believe in the time we live in it is very rare that we stumble upon some humble enough to ask for advice. People are being brought up thinking they have all the answers, and that asking for an educated opinion is sign of ignorance and weakness. As for sitting with the less fortunate, i think more and more it is becoming a social taboo. instead we thicken our holding to this life with possessions and fancy gadgets.

    It is a shame to know that many people are passing on such treats to the next generations. Nothing sadden my life than seeing someone working harder than he should just to buy things he doesn’t need.

    Good post brother, keep it up.

  2. Hi Nash,

    I really believe in the time we live in it is very rare that we stumble upon some humble enough to ask for advice.

    You are a pesimistic😦

    People are being brought up thinking they have all the answers, and that asking for an educated opinion is sign of ignorance and weakness.

    I see it differently bro…an ignorance would even have no question in his/her mind. A thinker would have many questions.

    As for sitting with the less fortunate, i think more and more it is becoming a social taboo.

    You mean, it’s a shame to be around with the less fortunates people? Even here in western country, some people used to have a little conversation with the beggars (after they give something).
    Nothing is taboo about it. Pls explain more this statement.

    instead we thicken our holding to this life with possessions and fancy gadgets.
    Nothing sadden my life than seeing someone working harder than he should just to buy things he doesn’t need.

    I get your point and I agree with you on this…

    Salam.

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