Thursday, August 03, 2006

Shaykh Abdallah bin Bayyah

A special welcoming session was on tap for the students of knowledge. The students were honored immensely with the presence of Shaykh Abdallah bin Bayyah. Shaykh Abdallah was extremely warm and welcoming. With translation by Imam Zaid Shakir, Shaykh Abdallah spoke about the importance of seeking knowledge. He said a moment spent in seeking knowledge is better than spending it in voluntary prayers. Seeking knowledge is obligatory on every Muslim, and one should hasten to do it. Once one has learned something, one should hasten to act on it and hasten to spread it. Angels lower their wings for believers seeking knowledge, and whales seek forgiveness for them. Shaykh Abdallah said to seek knowledge before it passes away from you and scholars die off. He quoted a hadith, which states that when Allah desires good for a person, He gives that person a sound understanding of the religion. He ended the class welcoming them again with warm greetings, particularly to the sisters, and repeatedly said, “Ahlan wa Sahlan.”


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