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Oh Allaah, benefit me by that which you have taught me

February 20, 2012

Oh Allaah, benefit me by that which you have taught me
Author: Al ‘Allaamah Ash Shaikh Saalih Al Fawzaan – hafidhahullaah
Source: Explanation of Buloogh al-Maraam – Vol. 6 Kitaab al-Jaami'; Chapter: adh-Dhikr wad du’a. – Pg: 347-348
Translator: Abu Fouzaan Qaasim
Original Source @ http://www.salafyink.com

1565: On the authority of Anas ibn Maalik (radhi Allaahu ‘anhu) who said: The Messenger of Allaah (sallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) used to say

oh-allaah-benefit-me-by-that-which-you-have-taught-meAllahumman fa’nee bi-maa ‘allam-ta-nee wa ‘allim-nee maa yanfa’u-nee
war zuq-nee ‘ilman yanfa’u-nee

O Allah! benefit me with what you have taught me, teach me what will benefit me
and provide me with knowledge that will benefit me.

[Collected by an-Nasaa’ee in al-Kubraa: 7868 and al-Haakim: 1:510]

1566: at-Tirmidhee has a similar hadeeth on the authority of Abee Hurayrah (radhi Allaahu ‘anhu) where the Messenger (sallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) says at the end of it

Wa zid-nee ‘ilman al hamdulillah ‘ala kulli haal wa a’oothu billahi min haal ahlin naarWa zid-nee ‘ilman al hamdulillah ‘ala kulli haal wa a’oothu billahi min haal ahlin naar

“And increase me in knowledge. All praise is for Allaah in all circumstances and I seek refuge with Allaah from the condition of the people of Hell.”

[Saheeh at-Tirmidhee (3599). Authentic excluding “all praise for Allaah…..” unto the end]

Explanation :

“Oh Allaah, benefit me by that which you have taught me…”

 This is because) a person could have knowledge of something but not gain any benefit from it and his knowledge (would then) become a proof against him. He would become like a donkey carrying books, carrying around knowledge but not receiving anything from them

So the intent is not merely to gain knowledge. However, the intent is (to gain) knowledge and action, the knowledge that benefits (its possessor

 As for knowledge that isn’t beneficial, then this doesn’t aid the person at all. Rather, he will be from the foremost to be roasted in the Fire on the Day of Resurrection as it is authenticated in the hadeeth.

 “Teach me that which will benefit me…”

 Because if Allaah doesn’t teach an individual, he will not learn anything. Just as the angels said

 “Glory be to You, we have no knowledge except what you have taught us.” [2:32]

So you are asking Allaah to teach you what will benefit you and benefit you by what He teaches you

“And provide me with knowledge that will benefit me.”

He (sallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) didn’t just say “knowledge” only. Rather he said “knowledge which will benefit me.” Knowledge that is of no benefit will be a proof against the one who has it

So in this (hadeeth) there is a very important regard for (beneficial) knowledge and that the Muslim should ask Allaah to teach him what will benefit him and to make his knowledge beneficial for him and not a proof against him

And in this hadeeth proves that knowledge is connected to action. So there is no benefit in action(s) without knowledge instead it will be a cause for misguidance. And likewise there is no benefit in knowledge without action. Rather that would enrage Allaah, Glorified be He and Most High

This is why we supplicate daily

 “Guide us to the straight path. The path of those whom you have bestowed your grace upon.”- 1:6-7

They are the people of knowledge and action

Not the way of those who earned your anger.” – 1:7

They are the people of knowledge without action

Nor those who are astray.” – 1:7

They are the people of action without knowledge

Hence there isn’t any benefit in knowledge without action nor action without knowledge. They must be united with one another

And increase me in knowledge…”

This comes in the Qur’aan

And say: Oh my Lord increase me in knowledge.” – 20:114

No matter how much a person attains of knowledge he is still ignorant. That which he is ignorant of outweighs that which he has knowledge of by far. So no one should have the audacity to say: “I’m finished (seeking knowledge), I’ve gained an abundant amount of ‘ilm.” No, let him ponder over the statement of the Most High

But over all those endowed with knowledge is the All-Knowing (Allaah).” 12:76

So (in this du’a) you are asking Allaah to be increased in beneficial knowledge

“All praise is for Allaah in all circumstances and I seek refuge with Allaah from the condition of the people of Hell”

This is praising and exalting Allaah in all situations. Therefore the Muslim praises Allaah in all situations. In good times he praises Allaah and in bad times he still praises Allaah, and he seeks refuge with Allaah from the condition of the people of Hell.

Oh Allaah, benefit me by that which you have taught me-word-to-word

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