Monday, May 09, 2011

Biography of Imam Al-Hasan Al-Basri

It is reported that Al-Hasan Al-Basrî – Allâh have mercy on him – said:

The believer does the best deeds yet is most fearful [that his deeds will not be accepted]. If he were to spend a mountain of wealth [in charity], he would not feel sure [of the reward] until he sees it. The more righteous and pious he becomes, the more he fears. But the hypocrite (munâfiq) says, ‘There are so many people, I will be forgiven, no problem.’ So he does wrong and evil deeds, yet holds foolish wishes about Allâh. -Al-Dhahabî, Siyar A’lâm Al-Nubalâ` 4:586.



Umm Khaleel said...

Jazak Allah khayr for sharing these videos! I think it is important that we familiarize ourselves with these great our scholars to firstly, appreciate what they have done for Islam and also, if there are any lies being perpetrated against these scholars, at least we would be able to spot them easily.

For example, in the case of Sheikhul Islam Ibn Taymiyyah, there are some out there who label him as 'wahabbi' when he came before Sheikh Muhammad Ibn Wahab! (And the term 'wahabbi' is non-existent!) How could he be an adherent to the teachings of Sheikh Muhammad ibn Wahab when he came before him. Subhan Allah!

redtide said...

Jazaakillaah khairal Jazaa'.. yup, Agreed. There's so much that we all can benefit just by learning about the lives of past scholars and their struggles in the field of da'wah.

I think it is important as well to do critical reading or critical assessment when gathering knowledge about biographies and history of the past and to gather info from more than one source. For example, there are so many biographies of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) out there from people of differing backgrounds. Some are balanced and just, some are biased, some are totally absurd. Similarly for biographies of scholars.

Those who are misinformed about past events, who label scholars wrongly, being influenced by lies or thwarted facts had probably not done enough research before coming to such conclusions.

We have to be just in everything that we do.