‘I do not know’

Reference: ad-Durr ath-Thameen fee Tarjamati Faqeehil-Ummah al-’Allaamah ibn ‘Uthaymeen – Page 237

Shaykh Muhammad ash-Sharafee narrates :

‘One of the brothers, his name being ‘Abdus-Samad, once asked the Shaykh during his lesson in tafseer: “O Shaykh, may Allaah protect and preserve you, we find in the Qur.aan that Allaah (Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala) mentions “The hearing” [السمع] in the singular and “The sight” [الأبصار] in the plural, as He (Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala) says:

{And We had assigned them the (faculties of) hearing (ears), seeing (eyes), and hearts} [Soorah al-Ahqaaf, Aayah 26]

And His saying:

{And He gave you hearing (ears), sight (eyes) and hearts.} [Soorah as-Sajdah, Aayah 9]

So why [is this the case]?”

So the Shaykh thought for a moment and we prepared ourselves to write his response, but the answer was much better than we expected, as the Shaykh said:

“I do not know.”

By Allaah! He did not give us any point of benefit greater than that point of benefit that evening.’