Importance of teaching

Reference: Safahaat Mushriqah min Hayaat al-Imaam Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen – Page 24
al-Arbi’aa – date: 29 Shawwaal 1421 A.H.

Muhammad Raabi’ Sulaymaan narrates:

Last year (1420 AH), there occurred a memorable incident during the month of Ramadhaan, whilst Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen was giving his daily lessons in al-Masjid al-Haraam, Makkah.

The specialist doctors who were supervising the Shaykh’s condition advised that the Shaykh’s condition necessitated rest that particular evening; rather than giving a lesson after Salaat at-Taraaweeh. The doctors needed to give him a blood transfusion and do some medical checks on him. In response to them, the Shaykh simply said:

Do what you have to and I am going to give the lesson.

So, while he was giving the lesson, the doctors (around him) were putting a needle into him to initiate the blood transfusion process and complete the medical checkup; checking his temperature, pulse and general health.

Such was the level of importance the Shaykh gave to spreading knowledge and teaching the people, (right) up until the last night of Ramadhaan before his departure from al-Masjid al-Haraam.

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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