What distinguishes beneficial knowledge from other righteous deeds

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Shaykh Saalih al-Fowzaan said:

I heard Shaykh Muhammad ibn Ibraaheem [Aal ash-Shaykh] rahima-hullaah at a talk he delivered at some of the special events [which took place] at the Faculty of Sharee’ah [at Imaam Muhammad University in Riyadh]. He brought this hadeeth* [up for discussion] and [he] said that the ongoing charity may [well] cease, and the righteous child will die – meaning that their benefits will come to an end. However, beneficial knowledge continues and does not cease; its benefit continues, and [likewise] the reward for the one who conveyed it. And this is what distinguishes [beneficial] knowledge from other righteous deeds.

Translation originally published on 4 January, 2021

* Abu Hurayrah reported the Messenger of Allaah ﷺ said:

«When a person dies, his deeds end except for three: ongoing charity, beneficial knowledge, or a righteous child who prays for him.» – Saheeh Muslim, no.1631

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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