Knowledge Alone Does Not Suffice.

Muhammad bin Abi ‘Ali al-Asbahaanee recited:

“Act upon your knowledge and you will profit, O man
Knowledge does not benefit so long as one does not perfect his actions
Knowledge is beauty and Taqwa (Fear) of Allah is its decoration
Those with Taqwa are always preoccupied with their knowledge
The proof of Allah, O possessor of knowledge, is immense
Neither plotting nor scheming concerning it is of any use
Acquire knowledge and perform deeds as much as you can
And do not let vain pastimes and argumentation distract you
Always make it your goal to benefit the people
And beware, beware of fatigue and weariness overtaking you
Admonish your brother with gentleness when he makes a mistake
For knowledge is affectionate with those who are overcome by errors
And if you are amidst a people that have no religious morals
Then command them to do good when they act ignorantly (i.e. sin)
And if they disobey you, then remind them without getting annoyed
And be patient, strive in patience and do not let their actions worry you
For every goat is attached to its two feet
Have patience whether they are oppressive or fair.”
al-Khateeb al-Baghdadi’s ‘Iqtida’ al-‘Ilm al-‘Amal’


Filed under Classics, Polishing The Heart, The Best Provision

6 responses to “Knowledge Alone Does Not Suffice.

  1. istiqaamah

    uhibbuki fillaah


  2. AA

    SubhanAllah!!! what wisdom!

    JazaakiAllahu Khairan



  3. asqfish

    Thank you for taking us out of the armchair and putting us in the playing field.


  4. Abu Sha'ban

    Subhanallah this is so beneficial.


  5. Salaam alaykum. My father always says that I can have all the knowledge in the world but if I don’t have any wisdom to go along with it, my knowledge is virtually useless.

    There”s a fine line between the two and I see it when my brother decides one thing and I decide another (he’s usually right)! He’s much older than me, though age doesn’t have anything to do with wisdom because I know a lot of fools that are older than me.


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