Ibn Hajr (rh) mentions that it’s better to do good deeds in secret. However, if a person wants to encourage someone to do an action, then there’s no harm in showing them, as long as there’s no Riya.
The Prophet (saw) was never one to not reply to the people or not answer them when it was needed. Communication was extremely important as can be seen all throughout the Seerah. So, let’s follow the Prophet (saw) in all aspects of our lives.
Some of the people of the past would say that it’s more beloved for us to feed poor Muslims than to do Hajj every year.
This shows the weightiness of doing obligatory actions!
Al Shafi’ee (rh) said that the Awliyaah of Allah are the fuqahaa.
And in another statement, if the fuqahaa that act upon their knowledge are not the Awliyaah of Allah, then Allah doesn’t have Awliyaah.
SubhanAllah, this is the level of the fuqahaa, meaning the scholars of Fiqh.
Some of the people of the past would question themselves, before doing any action, with the following:
- Why am I doing it?
- How am I going to do it?
Make the intention to be a master in all of the Islamic sciences insha’Allah! It’s possible. There are some in our times who are aiming for it and we can join them too!
The path is long but it’s possible! It can’t be stressed enough the reading of books of Hadith to increase one’s emaan, even with very basic sharh (commentary) as the Hadith of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) mentions, the one hearing may understand better than the one who says it!
Just because a person has a lot of knowledge or they speak Arabic doesn’t mean they are superior. Rather it’s the action which results from this as Imam al Shafi’ee (rh) said, the effects of a person’s knowledge can be seen in his silence. And others mentioned it should increase his fear of Allah and his humility.
If you see someone joking excessively or talking about things that don’t concern him or backbiting others then know this person’s Ilm has not benefitted them even if he’s studied a thousand books.