Mu’aadh ibn Jabal (RA)

Mu’aadh ibn Jabal (RA)

1) Rasulullah (SAW) said about Mu`aadh ibn Jabal: “Verily, when the people of knowledge will be present before their Lord, the Mighty and Sublime, Mu`aadh will be one step ahead of them.” (Sahih, Ibn Sa`d, Abû Nu aim, at-Tabarâni)
2) Ibn Ma`ood said, “Mu`aadh ibn Jabal (RA) , was indeed an excellent model for the believers, he was devoutly obedient to his Lord, and a sincere and righteous believer.”
3) Mu`aadh ibn Jabal (RA) once said to his son, “My dear son, when you stand up in prayers, do so as a departing person bidding farewell to this world, and do not assume that you will have another chance to thus pray again. My dear son, understand that a believer dies ranking in-between two deeds, one he offers for his present day, wherein he will immediately garner its blessings, and the second deed he offers towards the Day of Resurrection, and that is when he will reap its ultimate benefits.”
4) Mu`aadh ibn Jabal (RA) said, “Learn whatever knowledge you wish to acquire, and Allah will not reward you unless you act upon what you have learned.”
5) Abdullah ibn Ahmad ibn Hambal narrated that a man asked Mu`aadh ibn Jabal, (RA): “Teach me something.” Mu`aadh (RA) replied: “Would you obey me?” The man humbly replied: “I am most eager to obey you.” Mu`aadh (RA) then instructed the man, “Fast and pray regularly, earn your livelihood in a lawful way, and do not err in that regard. Strive not to die except in Islam, and beware not to become liable before the divine justice regarding the grievance of someone with whom you have dealt unjustly.”
6) Al-Aswad bin Hilal said, “We were walking with Mu`aadh (RA), when he suddenly turned to us and said, ‘Let us sit here for an hour and reconfirm our faith.”

7) Rasulullah (SAW), also said about Mu`aadh (RA): “…the most knowledgeable of them (my Ummah) about the lawful and the prohibited is Mu`aadh bin Jabal…” (At-Tirmidhi)
8) Ibn Taimiyyah writes in al-Wasiyyat: “Part of Mu`aadh(RA) excellence further is that Rasulullah (SAW), sent him to the people of Yemen as a preacher on his behalf, a caller, a teacher of understanding in the Deen, a giver of religious verdicts, and a judge.”
9) This is Mu`aadh (RA) to whom Rasulullah (SAW) said: “O Mu`aadh! By Allah, truly I love you.” (Abû Dawud)
10) Abû Nu`aim reports some sayings of Mu`aadh himself about the excellence of knowledge, among which we find the following:
a) “Knowledge is a comforting friend in times of loneliness, it is the best companion during travels, and it is the inner friend who speaks to you in your privacy. Knowledge is the discerning proof of what is right and what is wrong, and it is the positive force that will help you surmount the trials of comfort, as well as those of hardships. Knowledge is your most powerful sword against your enemy, and finally, it is your most dignifying raiment in the company of your close companions.”
b) “Through knowledge, Allah, blessed be His Name, raises some people in rank, and He makes them leaders in righteousness and models in morality. The vestige of their faith is avidly sought, their deeds are emulated perceptively, and people will seek and sanction their opinions solicitously and unequivocally. The heavenly angels seek their company and anoint them with their wings, every fresh or withered life they pass by implore Almighty Allah to forgive them their sins, even the fish in the oceans, the beasts of the lands and every bird of prey and migratory bird pray and solicit the mercy of Almighty Allah on their behalf. This is because knowledge revives the dead hearts and drives them out of darkness into light, and because knowledge is the light of the inner eyes that cures one’s blindness and restores his inner sight.”

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