Excerpts From Shaikh Rabee’s Book Titled ‘Marhaban Yaa Taalibal Ilm’-[What Was The Most Virtuous Thing That Allaah Gave to The Prophets And Messengers After They Were Appointed As Prophets And Messengers?]
In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy
Shaikh Rabee Bin Haadi [hafidhahullaah] said: We cannot be acquainted with the greatness of Allaah, His [Perfect and All-Encompassing] Power, His Perfection and His rights over His slaves, except through the path of the noble Messengers [alayhimus salaatu wassalaam]. The people can only [achieve true and sound] happiness through the [guidance, nurturing and path of the Prophets and Messengers], because Allaah favoured them with that light and guidance. And Allaah did not praise the Prophets for anything – after appointing them as Prophets and Messengers- more virtuous than knowledge. Allaah said:
وَتِلۡكَ حُجَّتُنَآ ءَاتَيۡنَـٰهَآ إِبۡرَٲهِيمَ عَلَىٰ قَوۡمِهِۦۚ نَرۡفَعُ دَرَجَـٰتٍ۬ مَّن نَّشَآءُۗ إِنَّ رَبَّكَ حَكِيمٌ عَلِيمٌ۬
And that was Our Proof which We gave Ibrahim (Abraham) against his people. We raise whom We will in degrees. Certainly your Lord is All-Wise, All-Knowing. [Surah Al-An’aam- Aayah 83]
[Through this] Knowledge of the proofs and evidences [i.e. the revelation], Allaah raised the status [of the people], and He raised the status of all the Prophets by way it. Allaah said about Yusuf [alayhis salaam]:
وَلَمَّا بَلَغَ أَشُدَّهُ ۥۤ ءَاتَيۡنَـٰهُ حُكۡمً۬ا وَعِلۡمً۬اۚ وَكَذَٲلِكَ نَجۡزِى ٱلۡمُحۡسِنِينَ
And when he [Yusuf (Joseph)] attained his full manhood, We gave him wisdom and knowledge (the Prophethood), thus We reward the Muhsinun (doers of good). [Surah Yoosuf’ Aayah 22]
Allaah granted him wisdom and Prophet-hood. Allaah granted him knowledge and praised him – this noble Prophet- due to Prophet-hood and knowledge.
Likewise, Allaah praised Moosaa [alayhis salaam], saying:
And when he attained his full strength, and was perfect (in manhood), We bestowed on him Hukman (Prophethood, right judgement of the affairs) and religious knowledge [of the religion of his forefathers i.e. Islamic Monotheism]. And thus do We reward the Muhsinun (i.e. good doers). [Surah Al-Qasas’ Aayah 14]
O my brothers! Look at how Allaah [Glorified and Exalted be He] praised His Prophets and Messengers, and specifically mentioned knowledge as one of their great and lofty qualities, because it is their most virtuous quality; rather it their best qualify after being appointed as Prophets and Messengers.
Allaah praised Muhammad [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam] and granted him knowledge. Allaah said:
هُوَ ٱلَّذِىٓ أَرۡسَلَ رَسُولَهُ ۥ بِٱلۡهُدَىٰ وَدِينِ ٱلۡحَقِّ لِيُظۡهِرَهُ ۥ عَلَى ٱلدِّينِ ڪُلِّهِۦ وَلَوۡ ڪَرِهَ ٱلۡمُشۡرِكُونَ
It is He Who has sent His Messenger (Muhammad) with guidance and the religion of truth (Islam), to make it superior over all religions even though the Mushrikun (polytheists, pagans, idolaters, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah) hate (it). [Surah At-Tawbah’ Aayah 33]
Al-Hudaa [Guidance] is beneficial knowledge and Deenul Haqq [the religion of truth] is righteous action. And Allaah gave the Messenger superiority and likewise this Ummah over all religions by way of this Knowledge [i.e. the final revelation].
Allaah [The Blessed And Most High] said:
هُوَ ٱلَّذِى بَعَثَ فِى ٱلۡأُمِّيِّـۧنَ رَسُولاً۬ مِّنۡہُمۡ يَتۡلُواْ عَلَيۡہِمۡ ءَايَـٰتِهِۦ وَيُزَكِّيہِمۡ وَيُعَلِّمُهُمُ ٱلۡكِتَـٰبَ وَٱلۡحِكۡمَةَ وَإِن كَانُواْ مِن قَبۡلُ لَفِى ضَلَـٰلٍ۬ مُّبِينٍ۬
He it is Who sent among the unlettered ones a Messenger (Muhammad) from among themselves, reciting to them His Verses, purifying them (from the filth of disbelief and polytheism), and teaching them the Book (this Qur’an, Islamic laws and Islamic jurisprudence) and Al-Hikmah (As-Sunnah: legal ways, orders, acts of worship, etc. of Prophet Muhammad). And verily, they had been before in manifest error. [Al-Jumu’ah’ Aayah 2]
Allaah praised the Messenger and the Ummah due the knowledge and wisdom [given to them]; purified them [from the filth of disbelief and polytheism] and saved them Misguidance by way of it. They used to be in a state of extreme darkness – [upon acts, beliefs, ideas and manners] of the Pre-Islamic era of ignorance and Misguidance, then Allaah saved them through Muhammad and the guidance he brought, and [though] the knowledge [of the revelation] that purifies the souls and hearts.
Allaah praised the [upright religious] scholars of this Islamic Nation and the [upright scholars of the previous Nations who followed Allaah’s Messengers] due to the knowledge [of the revelation that was given to them]. Allaah did not praise them due to wealth, worldly status, authority or anything else, rather Allaah praised them due to knowledge [of the revelation], because knowledge is that which passes judgement on all affairs of life, and it is what passes judgements on both the rulers and the subjects. Allaah said:
إِنَّمَا يَخۡشَى ٱللَّهَ مِنۡ عِبَادِهِ ٱلۡعُلَمَـٰٓؤُاْۗ
It is only those who have knowledge among His slaves that fear Allah.
[Surah Al-Faatir’ Aayah 28]
Marhaban Yaa Taalibal Ilm’ pages238-240