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At-Tibyan Publications - "Balancing Between Jihad and Seeking Knowledge" 

By Shaykh Abu Yahya Al-Libi (may Allah preserve him) 




Balancing Between Jihad and Seeking Knowledge 



Translation of the video released by As-Sahab Media 
"The Closing Words of a Shar'i Course" 

By Shaykh Abu Yahya Al-Libi (may Allah preserve him) 



"Indeed We have sent Our Messengers with clear proofs, and revealed with them tlie Scripture 
and the Balance (justice) that mankind may keep up justice. And We brought forth iron wherein 
is mighty power (in matters of war), as well as many benefits for mankind, that Allah may test 
who it is that will help Him (His religion) and His Messengers in the unseen. Verily, Allah is 
All-Strong , All-Mighty." 

Qur'an, Surat Al-HadTd, Verse 25 



The closing words of the Shar'i course that took place in one of the centers of the 
Mujahidin, by Shaykh Abu Yahya Al-Libi (may Allah preserve him). 



The course consisted of the following lessons: 



• First: The Rules of Tajwid 

• Second: Study of the Fiqh of Taharah, Salat and Siyam 

• Third: Study of "Kitab Al-Jami'" from Bulugh Al-Maram, along with memorization 
of 40 Hadith from it. 

• Fourth: Diverse lessons from the Prophetic biography and different educative 
advices. 

• Fifth: Revision of what was memorized from the Book of Allah ' Azza Wa Jail 




At-Tibyan Publications - "Balancing Between Jihad and Seeking Knowledge" 

By Shaykh Abu Yahya Al-Libi (may Allah preserve him) 




All praise is due to Allah, with which His blessings the good deeds are performed. 

And all praise is due to Allah Who guided us to this, and we wouldn't be guided if 
Allah didn't guide us. 

Today is the 12th of the month of Jumada Ath-Thani of the year 1428 after the Hijrah of 
Al-Mustafa, may the Blessing and Peace of Allah be upon him. 

This day is the last day of the Shar'l course, and we ask Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala that 
He preserves for us its days that they may be of benefit to us on the day wealth and 
progeny will be of no benefit except he who comes to Allah with a clean heart. 

And as I told you in the beginning of the course; courses such as this are similar to the 
lifetime of the human being, wherein there is a beginning and an ending. And his 
ending depends on his effort in his life. So the course, as we have seen, required from us 
effort, study and revision, until the person receives from it what he wants from 
knowledge, which he originally sat down to seek. 

And from the blessing of Allah ^ Azza Wa Jail upon us, is that He combined together for 
us the two acts of worship; the worship of Jihad, and seeking knowledge. And this is 
from the precious blessings of Allah ' Azza Wa Jail and He is the most Noble, most 
Beneficent, most Generous; that Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala combines for His slave the 
most honourable and great acts of worship. 

For Jihad, as we know, is the greatest act of worship, as was narrated in the Hadith of the 
Prophet may the Blessing and Peace of Allah be upon him. Moreover what has come in 
the Book of Allah Azza Wa Jail. . . 

"Not equal are those of the believers who sit (at home), except those who are disabled (by injury 
or are blind or lame), and those who strive hard and fight in the Cause of Allah with their wealth 
and their lives ..." [Qur'an An-Nisa, Verse 95] 

. . .Until the end of the Verse. 

So whoever combines with his Jihad, the devotion to seek knowledge, even for a few 
days, then let him know that this is from the blessings of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta s dld 
upon him. 




At-Tibyan Publications - "Balancing Between Jihad and Seeking Knowledge" 

By Shaykh Abu Yahya Al-Libi (may Allah preserve him) 




Why? 

Because we were only originally created to worship Allah ' Azza Wa Jail. 

Allah 'Azza Wa Jail said: 

"And I (Allah) created not the jinn and the mankind except that they should worship Me 
(Alone)." [Qnr'an Adh-Dhariyat, Verse 56] 

And acts of worship are responsibilities from Allah ' 'Azza Wa Jail, in others words, 
commandments and forbiddances. And there is no worship from the acts of worship, 
whether it is prayer, or fasting, or Hajj, or Jihad, except that it has rulings that the 
Muslim needs to know. 

So if Allah Has made easy for you the door to seeking knowledge, then know that He 
has made it easy for you to worship Him on insight. Because the human being has to 
worship Allah. So if he doesn't worship Allah upon knowledge, understanding, insight 
and evidence, then for sure he will worship Allah upon ignorance and folly, and in 
Allah we seek refuge. 

So this is from the blessings of Allah Subhdnahu Wa Ta'ala , from which we are obligated 
to declare at all times, and then strive in giving thanks for it so that it will not be lost 
upon us. And we know the Hadith of the Prophet may the Blessing and Peace of Allah 
be upon him "Two favors are treated unjustly by most people: health and free time." 

You stayed in this house, or this center, for all this time, far from your family and far 
from your brothers, devoted to one thing, and that is seeking knowledge. So this is from 
the great blessings that Allah Subhdnahu Wa Ta'ala facilitated for you. That Allah 'Azza 
Wa Jail facilitated for you. 

So, the act of worship of knowledge and the act of worship of Jihad, are from the 
greatest of what Allah Subhdnahu Wa Ta'ala facilitates for His believing slave. 

This is the first matter. 

From that which we extract from this course, is that the disassociation, and in which 
some people try to separate between the act of worship of Jihad and seeking knowledge, 
then there is no truth in this. Meaning to assume that there is Jihad with no knowledge, 




At-Tibyan Publications - "Balancing Between Jihad and Seeking Knowledge" 

By Shaykh Abu Yahya Al-Libi (may Allah preserve him) 




then this is incorrect. And the assumption that the scholar or seeker of knowledge can't 
do Jihad, then this is wrong. 

Why? 

Because Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala informed us of the truth of His Book and said: 

"Had it been from other than Allah, they would surely have found therein many a 
contradiction." [Qur'an An-Nis a, Verse 82] 

These are the Verses of Allah 'Azza Wa Jail that are in the Qur'an. 

And so as in the Book of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala, that descended from Him, there 
isn't any conflict between its Verses, and there are no contradictions between its rulings, 
and so the acts of worship that Allah ' Azza Wa Jail ordered us with, there is no conflict 
between them. 

So this matter, which some tried to fabricate, invent and exaggerate; that Jihad and 
knowledge don't meet, then this is wrong. And an example or evidence for this is what 
we are living now. This is with the blessing of Allah ' 'Azza Wa Jail a proof that seeking 
knowledge can exist in the fields of Jihad. 

And how many of the Fiqh rulings that don't have anything to do with Jihad, descended 
in the fields of Jihad. From them, the Verses of Tayammum. 

Where did the Verses of Tayammum descend? 

They descended while the Prophet may the Blessing and Peace of Allah be upon him 
was on his path returning from a battle. Right? 

Then Allah 'Azza Wa Jail informed us of this and said: 

"And it is not (proper) for the believers to go out to fight (Jihad) all together. Of every troop of 
them, a party should only should go forth, that they (who are left behind) may get instructions in 
(Islamic) religion and that they may warn their people when they return to them." [Qur'an At- 
Tawbah, Verse 122] 




At-Tibyan Publications - "Balancing Between Jihad and Seeking Knowledge" 

By Shaykh Abu Yahya Al-Libi (may Allah preserve him) 




So Allah making it easy for us while bringing together the act of worship of Jihad and 
seeking knowledge, this is from the greatest of what Allah Subhdnahu Wa Ta'ala has 
honoured us with. This is the first matter that you have to take note of. 

The other thing, as we have mentioned, is that there is no conflict between seeking 
knowledge and Jihad for the sake of Allah. And we, as Mujahidin, are responsible to 
learn the rulings of our Religion, like other Muslims. And I don't mean by the rulings of 
our Religion, only what relates to the act of worship of Jihad. No! We are responsible to 
learn the rulings of Salat, the rulings of Taharah, the rulings of Siyam. Every act of 
worship that Allah ' Azza Wa Jail prescribed for the believers and obligated, then the 
Mujahid has to know its rulings. For the Mujahid, is not a person who is not included in 
the rulings of Allah ' 'Azza Wa Jail. And he is not a person removed from the Shar'i 
responsibilities. Rather he is only like the other Muslims besides him. 

So as we, in the fields of Jihad, learn the laws of Jihad, its manners, rules and regulations, 
then we are also responsible to learn the rules of the other acts of worship. 

What is the benefit, if the Mujahid does Jihad and fights for the sake of Allah yet he 
doesn't know how to perfect his Wudu', and he doesn't know how to perfect his Salah, 
and he doesn't know how to perfect his Siyam? 

What is the benefit of this? 

Meaning he worships Allah in his Jihad upon insight and worships his Lord upon folly, 
mistakenness and misguidance in Salat and in other than that. 

This is not possible. 

So it is with the blessing of Allah 'Azza Wa Jail that He made it possible for us to prove 
in theory and practice that there is no conflict between them. Just like the Book of Allah; 
there is no conflict between its Verses and no clash between its rulings, then same with 
the acts of worship which Allah 'Azza Wa Jail ordered, there is no conflict nor any 
contradiction between them. 

Clear? Good. 

The third matter that I want to point out, and open with me your ears, is that the person 
who took this course, and learned what Allah Subhdnahu Wa Ta'ala opened up for him 




At-Tibyan Publications - "Balancing Between Jihad and Seeking Knowledge" 

By Shaykh Abu Yahya Al-Libi (may Allah preserve him) 




in it, doesn't mean that he graduates from it to be a Faqili, a Mufti, presiding over the 
sittings, issuing verdicts with "allowed" and "not allowed" and "this is permissible." 

No! 

We only sat here to learn the laws of Allah so that we can worship Allah upon insight. 
As for the level of Fativa, and the level of "this is permissible" and "that is forbidden," 
then before this, there are deserts until the person reaches it. This is not possible to 
achieve in a month, nor two months nor in a year nor in two years. Imam Malik, and he 
is who he is, says: 

"I did not sit in this sitting [meaning so that I can give Fatawa] until 80 scholars testified for me 
that I am a person qualified for issuing Fatawa" 

80 scholars testified for Imam Malik; they said, "You can now give Fatawa." 

Where now are we? Who will testify for us that we are qualified for giving Fatawa. And 
in a month, or two months, or a year or two years. 

And one of us maybe doesn't even know how to read Surat Al-Fatihah properly, and 
differentiate between the obligatory, and the permissible, and between the disliked and 
the forbidden, so it is upon you to fear Subhdnahu Wa Ta ] ala. 

I don't want to hear someone from you leaves from here and sets up sittings and starts 
saying, "this is permissible," and "this is forbidden." Yes, you can say, what I studied is 
this, but to give Fatioa regarding problematic events and individual issues; a person 
comes to you for a Fatioa and you say to him that "this is permissible," and "this is 
forbidden," and "this is disliked." This is not accepted. 

Not accepted in the Short' ah and also we will not be pleased with it in our manners and 
in our upbringing. So take note of this matter, and this is the matter which I want you to 
be most aware of. 

Have you understood this well? Yes. 

So these are the matters that I wanted to point out. . . 

Then from that which we benefit from these courses, even if they are condensed, is that 
we know the status of the scholars, and their rank and place. 




At-Tibyan Publications - "Balancing Between Jihad and Seeking Knowledge" 

By Shaykh Abu Yahya Al-Libi (may Allah preserve him) 




The scholars are like, the sun in the middle of the day. If they are there, the people are 
able to live a righteous life, and they are able to conduct their life in a normal conduct. 
And if the sun disappears, what will happen? What will befall the people? It is the 
darkness. The darkness is the ignorance, folly, mistakenness, innovation, and other than 
that from the misguidance. So with these courses we know the status of the scholars. 

If you strive for a period of one month, in memorization, repetition, revision, studying, 
and dealing with unclear matters and other than that, you find yourself putting an 
effort to achieve only a very small simple amount or part of the knowledge [hardly] 
mentionable. Yet with that you are happy with what Allah Subhdnahu Wa Ta'ala has 
given you. So what about the scholar who spent his whole life and he strives in seeking 
knowledge and in teaching people, And in patience upon revision and patience upon 
[issuing] Fatawa , and other than that. And calling [people] to Allah ' Azza Wa Jail. 

Where are you from this? 

So we don't want to make our sittings. What? The place for the disputes of the foolish 
ones and the place for competition of the 'Ulama. What we want only, is to know the 
status of those righteous scholars; those who fear Allah, pass His messages and don't 
fear anyone except Him. 

Do you understand? 

You have to take note of this. 

If you see a righteous scholar who fears Allah ] Azza Wa Jail, then know his status, and 
remember that you were patient for a month or two months in seeking knowledge, and 
you found that the matter requires perseverance, patience and revision, so that you 
don't lose what you have of knowledge. So what about this scholar, who probably spent 
his whole life in this matter. This makes you know the status of the people and you 
know their rank and what they deserve of honor, reverence and great respect. 

And the scholars as we said... 

Allah Subhdnahu Wa Ta f aid joined them in with His testimony of His Oneness, the 
greatest testimony unrestrictedly upon the greatest thing unrestrictedly. 




At-Tibyan Publications - "Balancing Between Jihad and Seeking Knowledge" 

By Shaykh Abu Yahya Al-Libi (may Allah preserve him) 




"Allah hears witness that La Ilaha ilia Hmoa (none has the right to be worshipped but He), and 
the angels and those having knowledge (also give this witness)." [Qur'an Al-Imran, Verse 18] 

So the affair of the scholars is very great, even if they slip, and even if they make a 
mistake. For Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta ] ala did not create His creation, the human beings, 
protected from mistakes. Who said that the human does not make mistakes? Who said 
the human being never succumbs to desire, sometimes taking him left or right? 

However, our rules in the Religion of Islam, is that the good deeds remove the evil 
deeds, and not that the evil deeds remove the good deeds. We don't go to a scholar who 
put all his effort and his lifetime, in calling to Allah ' Azza Wa Jail, in teaching people 
and in making them understand, and then he made a mistake or slipped in an issue or 
two, and then we insult him and revile him and wipe away all these good deeds of his. 

This is not the scale of Shara\ this is the scale of desire. And we are not from the people 
of desire. 

"Be just: that is nearer to piety" [Qur'an Al-Ma'ida, Verse 8] 

This is the scale of Shara'. 

Do you understand this third matter? 

And the fourth and final matter is that Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala opened this door for 
you of seeking knowledge, and you found the delight of seeking knowledge, and the 
delight of patience upon seeking knowledge and the devotion to it, so as long as Allah 
has opened this door for you, then put your trust in Allah and traverse this path in what 
way you are able. 

So instead of spending a part of your day or from your life in listening to Anashid that 
neither nourish nor avail against hunger, then spend it in listening to a lecture or lesson. 
Or listening to a tape of Fatioa, or revising your studies, or studying with one of your 
colleagues. And if another course is made easy, with the permission of Allah then try to 
strive to be in it, because knowledge is only come to in steps, and the knowledge is not 
come upon in one day nor all at once. 

"Allah will exalt in degree those of you who believe, and those who have been granted 
knowledge." [Qur'an Al-Mujadilah, Verse 11] 




At-Tibyan Publications - "Balancing Between Jihad and Seeking Knowledge" 

By Shaykh Abu Yahya Al-Libi (may Allah preserve him) 




And the final matter, is to strive in making Du'a to Allah 'Azza Wa Jail, that He blesses 
you in what He gave you. 

Knowledge is not with the most memorization, and not with the most texts, for how 
many are there that you find who are like an encyclopedia, a computer, wherever you 
address him from, he replies, however Allah doesn't bless [him] in knowledge. While 
on the other hand you find a person, his knowledge is humble, a small amount, 
however he has combined with it, sincerity and humiliation towards ' Azza Wa Jail and 
what he is ordered with is that he asks Allah to increase him in his knowledge. 

We ask Allah Subhdnahu Wa Ta'ala that He makes us from those who listen to the words 
and follow the best of them. And we ask Allah ' 'Azza Wa Jail that He makes us from 
those who benefit from their knowledge. And we seek refuge in Allah from the Fitnah of 
talk and action. 

Indeed He is All-Hearing and Near. 

And now we will begin revising the Ahadith. We will start from the right In Slid' Allah 
and then after that we will listen to the recitation of the Book of Allah 'Azza Wa Jail. 



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