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If you are unable to be a Scholar or student, then love the ‘Ulama

Question

Can you please source this?

إن استطعت فكن عالما فإن لم تستطع فكن متعلما، وإن لم تستطع فأحبهم، وإن لم تستطع فلا تبغضهم

‘Umar ibn ‘Abdul ‘Aziz (rahimahullah) said: “[People use to say] Become a scholar if you are able to. If you are not able, then be a student. If you cannot then love them. If you are unable to do that also then [at least] do not hate them.”

 

Answer

Imam Ibn ‘Abdil Barr (rahimahullah) has recorded this narration. The narration is suitable to quote as reported.

(Jami’u Bayanil ‘Ilmi Wa Fadlihi, Hadith: 143)

 

Also see here.

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar