Excerpts from Shaikh Rabee’s Book Titled ‘Marhaban Yaa Taalibal Ilm’ – [Knowledge is Preserved When Acted Upon and Implemented]
In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy
Shaikh Rabee Bin Haadi [may Allaah preserve him] said:
The manners of Allaah’s Messenger [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] have been recorded in voluminous books – regarding his patience, forbearance, leniency, sense of honour, nobility and mercy. He is an example for us in these characteristics which are obligated on us to implement. [Allaah said]:
[لَّقَدۡ كَانَ لَكُمۡ فِى رَسُولِ ٱللَّهِ أُسۡوَةٌ حَسَنَةٌ۬ لِّمَن كَانَ يَرۡجُواْ ٱللَّهَ وَٱلۡيَوۡمَ ٱلۡأَخِرَ وَذَكَرَ ٱللَّهَ كَثِيرً۬ا – Indeed, in the Messenger of Allah [Muhammad] you have a good example to follow for him who hopes in [the Meeting with] Allah and the Last Day and remembers Allah much. [Surah Al-Ahzaab’ Aayah 21]
It is not for the one who makes [mere] claims, rather it is [لِّمَن كَانَ يَرۡجُواْ ٱللَّهَ وَٱلۡيَوۡمَ ٱلۡأَخِرَ وَذَكَرَ ٱللَّهَ كَثِيرً۬ا – for him who hopes in [the Meeting with] Allah and the Last Day and remembers Allah much].
Therefore, O youth! Be from this lofty category of people [or adhere to this lofty type of characteristics]. The Ummah needs these qualities which the Book of Allaah has acquainted us with and transmitted its texts, [and likewise its texts have been transmitted in the authentic Sunnah] with specific objectives [or goals] related to Aqeedah, acts of worship, politics, unity, manners, economics and in every sphere of life. Therefore, neither take a single step nor proceed to perform a deed except based on clear-sightedness and [sound] knowledge, and through acting and implementation knowledge is preserved.
Source: Marhaban Yaa Taalibal Ilm’ page 78. abridged & slightly paraphrased