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Righteousness - The criteria for being bestowed with knowledge and wisdom

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(Summary of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee’s majlis (Saturday 3rd November)

Allah Ta`ala speaks of Yusuf (alaihis salaam) being bestowed with `ilm (knowledge) and hukm (wisdom) when he had reached of age. However, there is a famous maxim that states, “The lesson is not confined to the situation under discussion but it is general.” Hence, the bestowing of knowledge and wisdom is not confined to Yusuf (alaihis salaam), but Allah Ta`ala explains further that this is how He rewards the muhsineen – the righteous. Hence, if we also desire the same then we will have to adopt righteousness and piety.

There is a difference between knowledge and wisdom. Knowledge refers to the information that one has acquired and wisdom refers to the correct application. For example, one has the knowledge that a tomato belongs to the family of fruit but wisdom demands that you will not add it to a bowl of fruit salad. Hence, this is what is lacking nowadays; there is an abundance of knowledge, but many lack the wisdom and the understanding of its correct application.

In the incident of Yusuf (alaihis salaam) Allah Ta`ala speaks of the wife of the minister trying to seduce and entice Yusuf (alaihis salaam). Thereafter, Allah Ta`ala says: ‘wa hamma beha’. Some mufassireen explain this as Yusuf (alaihis salaam) having experienced some feelings for her. One may feel that this is incorrect, but this is in no way against piety. It is natural for any man to experience some feeling when a woman who is attractively dressed appears before him. Otherwise, one is not a man. Won’t a person feel tempted for a glass of cold water when he sees it before him on an extremely hot day? If he doesn’t, then it is a sign of ill-health. Hence, for thoughts to run within a person’s mind is natural. What one needs to do is not to entertain those thoughts. This is one of shaitaan’s ways of attacking a person. At times, a person begins to feel that he has lost his piety due to these thoughts. At times, shaitaan instils the thought in one’s mind of the emitting of urine or gas and most often during salaah. This then leads one to think that his wudhu has been broken. Eventually, when this persists, he becomes frustrated and decides to even stop performing salaah or other ibaadat.

Date: 2012-11-03

Duration: 01:06:13

Format: MP3

Size: 11.4 MB

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