Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allah have mercy on him) said: Whoever examines the stories of turmoil and arguments that take place among Muslims will realise that no Muslim ever got involved in that and was happy with the consequences of his involvement, because of what may happen to him of harm affecting his religious commitment and his worldly interests.
Whoever’s heart is filled with faith will be able to bear whatever is thrown at him.
When Rosa Parks refused to surrender her seat in December 1955 to a white passenger on the bus on the way from work, she was fully conscious that she was breaking the law in Alabama which required black people to relinquish seats to white people when the bus was full. Her arrest and imprisonment sparked a 381-day boycott of the Montgomery bus system. It also led to a 1956 Supreme Court decision banning segregation on public transportation.
Parks, who is now known as the ‘Mother of the Civil Rights Movement’, later said: “I had not planned to get arrested. I had plenty to do without having to end up in jail. But when I had to face that decision, I didn’t hesitate to do so because I felt that we had endured that too long. The more we gave in, the more we complied with that kind of treatment, the more oppressive it became.”
One day, I was sitting with the scholars and my teacher jokingly asked a student, “How is your new marriage!”, the student replied, “Alhamdulillah!, I am really enjoying it except she puts too much salt in the food (he laughed)” The shaykh got upset and said, “Do not expose your wife!”
If we are not even supposed to disclose things as small as this then imagine the blameworthiness of talking to others about the privacy of physical relationships, sharing personal sins, discussing bad habits and exposing the fighting that takes place in our homes. Before it was about the exposing of the tongue. Now it is about exposing of the thumbs. If any teacher in Damascus ever got divorced and nosy people began to investigate, they would say, “I will not speak about a woman from the Prophet’s ummah except with good. She is precious to Rasūl’Allāh ﷺ. She is the daughter of another man and she will be the wife of another person!” This is adab.
رحمة الخلق وغفران زلاتهم سبب لغفران الذنوب وكلما كان الإنسان أقدر على الانتصار لنفسه كان أجره أعظم قال ﷺ(ارحموا ترحموا واغفروا يغفرالله لكم)
Ibn Mas`ood, raDiallaahu `anhu, said: “True knowledge is not measured in relationship to how much you memorize and then narrate, but rather, true knowledge is an expression of piety [protecting oneself from what Allaah prohibited and acting upon what He mandated].”Also, “Study and act upon what you learn.” [Related by Abu Na`eem]
Sufyaan Ath-Thawree, raHimahullaah, said: “The excellence of knowledge is due only to the fact that it causes a person to fear and obey Allaah, otherwise it is just like anything else.” [Related by ibn Rajab]