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Why do you say that which you don’t do?

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Author: Shaikh Muhammad Musa Nasr
Source: Al-Asaalah Magazine (Issue 15-16, pg. 23-24)



Allaah has commanded His believing servants to link their sayings with their deeds, and to combine their knowledge with actions. There is not one ayah in which Allaah summons His servants except that He calls them to perform the necessary action that is required for the knowledge they have in that matter.

Having knowledge but not acting on it was from the ways and characteristics of those who earned Allaah’s anger (i.e. the Jews). This is why some of the scholars of the past (Salaf) used to say: “Whoever becomes corrupt from our scholars, then he has in him a resemblance to the Jews. And whoever becomes corrupt from our worshippers, then he has in him a resemblance to the Christians.”

So knowledge without action is like action without knowledge – both of them are a necessary pair, and they are inseparable from the Creed of the Muslim.

Among the most distinguishing characteristics of the well-versed scholars is that they fear Allaah, Lord of the Worlds, as Allaah says: “Verily, it is only those who have knowledge from His servants who fear Allaah.” [Surah Al-Faatir: 28] And He says: “But rather be Rabbaaniyeen (scholarly men) because of your teaching and studying of the Book.” [Surah Aali 'Imraan: 79]

Allaah hates those who say what they don’t do – both Arabs and non-Arabs, as He says: “O you who believe! Why do you say that which you don’t do? The most hateful thing in the sight of Allaah is that you say what you don’t do.” [Surah As-Saff: 2-3]

The warning in this ayah is with respect to each of the believers individually, but in the specific context, referring to the scholars and others, then the warning is more severe, since the people follow them in both good and evil.

That is why out of the first three individuals who will be thrown into the Hellfire, there will be a scholar who did not act upon his knowledge, nor was he dutiful to Allaah with the blessings He gave him, by making His actions sincerely for Allaah alone.


“A scholar who has acquired knowledge but doesn’t act on it
Will be punished in Hell before the idol worshippers.”

It is reported in the two Saheeh collections (of Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim) that Allaah’s Messenger (saws) spoke of the condition of these individuals, saying: “A man will be brought on the Day of Judgement and thrown into the Hellfire. So his intestines will spill out and he will walk around it just as the donkey walks around a millstone. The people of the Hellfire will gather around him and say: ‘O so and so, what is wrong with you? Did you not used to command us to do good and forbid us from doing evil?’ So he will respond: ‘Yes, I used to command you to do good but didn’t do it myself, and I used to forbid you from evil, but I used to do it myself.’” [Agreed Upon]

So look, may Allaah have mercy on you, at the evil end of those who did not abide by the flags that they used to carry! Nor did they implement the highest example that they used to call to. Rather they served as bad examples and Allaah’s refuge is sought! How evil is the scholar who permits certain allowances for himself and who misinterprets the texts to justify sinful acts for himself, even though we can find him strongly forbidding others from that!

Is it not more befitting for these scholars that they be sources of guidance, and that they serve as good examples for others? So they should be Imaams of guidance and lights in times of darkness, since Allaah had placed them in the forefront and given them precedence in the days when they served as the true inheritors of the prophets – with their religious knowledge. So what is the value of religious knowledge, which doesn’t make someone fear Allaah, nor does it make him produce actions, be dutiful or have sincerity in Allaah in every condition?

This is why Allaah’s Messenger told us about the condition of the ummah when its scholars who do deeds and are followed by the people, will disappear. Those scholars who stood for the truth and were fair with it, those who truthfully inherited the prophetic knowledge and who served as living examples of the Qur’aan, walking amongst the people – their leader in that regard being the best of examples, the possessor of the most praiseworthy position, the one whose character was the Qur’aan, as ‘Aa’ishah (raa) described him (saws).

He (saws) said: “Verily, Allaah will not snatch the knowledge away from the hearts of the scholars, but rather He will take away the knowledge by causing the scholars to die. This is such that when no scholar remains, the people will take ignorant people as their leaders. So they will ask them and these (ignorant leaders) will give their religious verdicts without knowledge. So they will be astray and lead others astray.” [Agreed Upon]

So how needy is the ummah today of good examples, who can educate and cultivate the people through their manners, characteristics and ways. And when the ummah is devoid of having any good examples from amongst their living people, the good found in it diminishes, the evil increases and calamities befall. And there is no way out of this condition, except until we follow the Way of the Believers and their Imaam – Muhammad (saws). On that day, the believers will rejoice at the victory Allaah will give them.
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