The importance of tutorship and the benefits of knowledge

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What is the authenticity of this narration:

Sayyiduna Mu’awiyah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that he heard Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) say:

“O people, knowledge can only be acquired through seeking it, and the true understanding of Din can only be obtained through in-depth study [tutorship], and the one who Allah Ta’ala wishes good for, He grants him the true understanding of Din, and among the servants of Allah Ta’ala, it is only the ‘Ulama (those who possess the true knowledge) who fear Him.”



Imam Tabarani (rahimahullah) has recorded this Hadith. Hafiz Ibn Hajar (rahimahullah) states that it has been corroborated by similar narrations and is therefore sound (hasan).

The narration is suitable to quote.

(Al Mu’jamul Kabir, Hadith: 929, volume: 19. Refer: Targhib, vol. 1 pg. 92, Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 1 pg. 128. Also see: Fathul Bari, before Hadith: 68, Al Maqasidul Hasanah, Hadith: 210 and Mukhtasarul Maqasid, Hadith: 190)



The words ‘The one who Allah Ta’ala wishes good for, He grants him the true understanding of Din’ appear in Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim. See here

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

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