Shaykh bin Baaz (rahimahullaah):

This day and age is a day and age of being gentle, of being patient, and of having wisdom. It is not a day and age of being harsh and strict. The majority of the people are in a state of ignorance and neglect influenced by the worldly affairs of this life. So it is necessary to have patience and it is necessary to be gentle until the call has reached and been conveyed to the people and that they come to understanding. We ask Allaah to grant everyone guidance.

  • Source: Majmoo` Fataawaa vol. 8, p376 and vol. 10 p91
  • Translated by: Aboo `Imraan al-Mekseekee

Take a few hours from your time to relax yourself in the gardens of knowledge from the books of lecture (general knowledge), for the heart needs to be relaxed from time to time. It was narrated that the Commander of the Believers ‘Alee ibn Abi Taalib said: “Relax these hearts, and seek for them subtle wisdoms, for they become bored just as the bodies become bored.1

Shaykh al-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah commented upon the wisdom concerning the prohibition of praying general supererogatory prayers during the abhorred times: “Rather, in the prohibition of praying general supererogatory prayers during the abhorred times are additional advantages such as relaxation of the body at intervals from the weightiness of worship, as one would relax by sleeping and other forms [of relaxation], and for this reason Mu’aadh said: Verily I seek reward for my sleep as I do when I am awake…”2 He [i.e. Shaykh al-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah, also] said: “Rather, it was said: that from the general wisdoms of the prohibition of praying general supererogatory prayers during the abhorred times is the relaxation of the body during these abhorred times so that it may become more energetic at the times of (obligatory) prayer; for it becomes at ease by what it has been prohibited from, and becomes more energetic after it has been relaxed. And Allah knows best.”3

For this purpose weekend breaks were widespread from the early times, most commonly on Fridays and Thursday evenings, and sometimes used to be on Mondays and Tuesdays, and on ‘Eid al-Ad-haa and ‘Eid al-Fitr it would be up to three days, and so on. We find this in the books about the etiquette of teaching and the biographies, for example: Adaab al-Mu’alimeen (The Etiquette of the Teachers) by Suhnoon4, and ar-Risaalah al-Mufusilah5 (The Articulate Letter) by al-Qaabisee, and ash-Shaqaa’iq an-Nu’maaniyah (Anemone)6 and from it Abjaad al-’Uloom (Simplified Knowledge),7 and the book entitled Alaysas-Subhu bi Qareeb (Is Dawn Not Near?) by Taahir bin ‘Aashoor, Fataawa Rasheed Rida, and Mu’jam al-Buldaan (The Dictionary of Countries)8 and Fataawa Shaykh al-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah.9


[1] Jaami’ Bayaan al-’Ilm wa Fadlih

[2] Majmoo’ al Fataawa, (23/187)

[3] Majmoo’ al-Fataawa, (23/217)

[4] p104

[5] p135-137

[6] p20 [A plant with white, red, or purple flowers. (M)]

[7] 1/195-196

[8] 1/102

[9] 25/318-320, 229


  • Transcribed from: The Etiquette of Seeking Knowledge | Shaykh Bakr Abu Zayd

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