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How to contemplate over the Qur’aan to attain benefit

Shaykh-ul-Islam ibnu Taymiyyah said:

“Whoever contemplates over the Qur’aan, seeking guidance from it will clearly recognise the true path”

Shaykh ibnu Uthaymeen comments:

A powerful statement in meaning. It contains two affairs (conditions);

(1) contemplation and (2) seeking guidance.

Therefore, “contemplation” is the action (required) and “seeking guidance” is the good (sincere, truthful) intention (required) and “will clearly recognise the true path” is the clause that expresses the result (of the two conditions being met).

Tafsir Surah Al-Qasas v. 1-3

What to do if a person who is argumentative and fond of debating comes to you?

Imam Malik said:

“If a debater comes to you, then make clear the sunnah to him but do not debate him”

Shaykh ibnu Uthaymeen comments: Because if you made clear the sunnah to him, then you have placed the proof upon him between his hands (before him). If he then (still) debates, then he is debating Allah (as the proof/sunnah is from Allah) and he is not debating you. So clarify the sunnah to him and refrain from debating about it (the issue), because what is compulsory upon the one whom the sunnah has been made clear to is to accept it without debating.

Tafsir Surah An-Nisaa V.63

Cultivate good deeds for your Hereafter

Shaykh ibnu Uthaymeen said:

“The Worldly life (Dunya) is a place for cultivating (good deeds) for the Hereafter, and whosoever does not cultivate for his Hereafter has ruined it (i.e his dunya) and has ruined his Hereafter.”

Source: الضياء اللامع ٦٥/١

Translators Note: The one who ruins his worldly life is the one who fails to make use of it, by failing to do good deeds and having sound belief in accordance to the Qur’aan and Sunnah.

The way of our salaf (pious predecessors) 

Al-Hasan Al-Basri (Died 110 Hijri) said:
“By Allah, I did not meet those from the early part of this ummah except that what they said with their tongues was in their hearts. By Allah, they were in agreement with the book of their lord and the sunnah of their Prophet (sallaaAllahu alahyi wa sallam). When the night covered them, they would stand on their feet and their faces on the floor (in prayer), their tears flowing down their cheeks, they were desiring for their lord to free them. If they were to earn something from the dunya they would take from it what they needed and place the remainder for their hereafter and they would be thankful to Allah for it and if they didn’t they would be pleased and say: “this is from Allah as a test for us from him”. If they did something good, it would make them happy and they would call upon Allah that he accepts it from them and if they did something wrong, it would displease them and they would seek forgiveness from Allah.

Source: Tadheem Qadr as-salaah (2/675-677)