To leave your home with the intention of seeking or spreading knowledge is the most noble Pursuits, that we find in the Sunnah of the Prophet salallahu alihi wasalam.
Hadith that as a person goes out seeking knowledge the inhabitants of the heavens and the Earth all seek forgiveness for that person whether it is the angels in the heavens or the fish in the sea, each one of them seeks forgiveness for that person as they go out seeking and spreading knowledge.
Seeking or spreading knowledge is a means of connecting you to the people because your relationship with them is benefiting them and even the environments because ibn rajab (rah) commented on that, what would cause the fish in the sea to seek forgiveness for that person is that a person of knowledge thinks about the rights of everything on them and And so they treat even their environment with care.
go for the blessing of having the Angels lower their wings for you and having all of these creations seek forgiveness for you at the top of them those highest Angels sending their peace and blessings upon you showing their approval and their humility to the person who is learning becoming more humble and being beneficial to everything around.
We think of the prophet (saw) many ways. But how often do we think of the Prophet (saw) as a brother and not just any brother, but as the most blessed brother.
ٱللَّٰهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَىٰ مُحَمَّدٍ وَعَلَىٰ آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ
Allah-humma salli ‘ala Muhammad wa ‘ala aali Muhammad
Oh Allah, send your blessings upon Muhammad and upon the family of Muhammad
All your concerns will be lifted
When the companion Ubai Ibn Ka’ab asked the Messenger what would happen if he dedicated all of his supplications towards sending blessings on the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ .
The Prophet replied “Your needs will be satisfied and your sins will be forgiven”.
Ubai bin Ka’ab (may Allah be pleased with him), who said; ‘I said, ‘O Messenger of Allah, I supplicate often, so how much of my supplication should I devote to you?’ He replied, ‘as you desire’. I said, ‘a quarter of it?’ He said ‘as you desire, but if you were to increase upon this, it would be better for you.’ I said, ‘half of it?’ He said, ‘as you desire, but if you were to increase upon this, it would be better for you.’ I said, ‘two-thirds of it?’ He said again, ‘as you desire, but if you were to increase upon this, it would be better for you.’ Finally I said, ‘and if I dedicate my supplication in its entirety to you?’ He said, ‘then your needs will be satisfied, and your sins forgiven.’
(Sahih Musnad Ahmed)
What are you actually putting into the environment around you and that should be an analogy for what you bring to the environment around you and from what the environment brings to you? If have a righteous friend that person’s influence naturally will rub off on you.
The prophet (saw) said you’re on the religion of your friends. If you’re around people that stink, if you’re around people that have bad manners, if you’re around people that don’t have standards of worship or purpose, if you’re around people that waste themselves and things that are of no benefit, even if you commit none of those sins you will inevitably be influenced by them.You cannot continue to hang around a dumpster and not expect to smell like garbage at some point yourself.
so the societal impact and you know what? Sometimes in fitna usually a fitna, a tribulation or dissension is started by one or two people but the stink spreads so much that you don’t even know where it started in the first place if you walk into a community that’s been embroiled in fitna for many years and you just see chaos and everybody’s fighting each other. You’re like where did this start?
If you’re around someone that acts in that their character will rub off on you and you know what the scary thing about this is, you might not even know how bad you stink until someone else smells you.
-Shaykh Omar Suleiman
Imam Shafi (Rah) said that i wish that my knowledge would be spread. I wish that everyone would benefit from my knowledge no one would say my name. That’s why Allah (swt) made him the person that he was and elevated him to the place that he was because his interest wasn’t spreading that goodness, not in being named the source of that.
When the environment around you gets tough and when people are aggressive with you and abusive of you because usually you stink because other people stink with you when the world stinks you’re more likely to stink too, right? He said (ra) that the foolish one addresses me with words of disgrace but I hate to respond to him in like manner, the more ignorant he proves the more patience I become just like the incense, the more you burn it the more its fragrance is released, subhanAllah.
There’s a saying that you can be much more influential if people are not aware of your influence. Just Like with the mother whose child misses her when she goes away. Oftentimes the good influence is not recognized until that’s that sweet smell, the source of that sweet smell is no longer there.
Do you stink or do you smell good? Do you rub off good on people or do people rub off evil on you?
– Shaykh Omar Suleiman