Protection of Knowledge – Sh. Bakr Abu Zayd (Rahimahullah)

Protection of Knowledge

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

If you attain status, then remember that the rope that helped you to reach it was seeking knowledge.
So by the grace of Allaah, and then due to your knowledge, you reached whatever status you have reached in this post, or fatwa, or judiciary post , and so on,so give knowledge
its due respect and fair share of implementation, and its due status.

Beware of the way of those who do not show reverence towards Allaah, those who base their foundation upon protecting their status, so their tongues become enwrapped from speaking the word of truth, and they are led to act accordingly by the love of their status.
Therefore adhere to preserving your value by preserving your piety, knowledge, and self-esteem, with wisdom and good diplomacy:

“Preserve Allaah and He will preserve you”, “Preserve Allaah at times of ease, He will preserve you at times of hardship”

If you are dismissed from the burden of responsibility – and this is your path even after a long period – then no harm is done, for it is a praiseworthy expulsion, and not one of blameworthiness and degradation .

It is an astonishing affair that those who have been prevented from a large proportion of prosperity do not have adherence, repentance, or do they return to Allaah except after retirement, and even though such people’s repentance is religiously valid, is like the faith of the old commoner, because his benefit is not passed on (to the people).

As for [his character during his] period of employment you will find him to be amongst the most evil and harmful of people, or too cold-hearted and dumb in speaking the truth.

I seek refuge in Allaah from such humiliation .

Ref: The Etiquette of Seeking Knowledge : By the Noble Shaykh Bakr Abu Zayd (Rahimuhullaah)

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