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As a young adult, one of the blessings that Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) bestowed upon me was being able to grow up in the city of Riyadh at a time when it held some of the greatest scholars in the world. Being able to be in the company of Shaykh Bin Baaz raḥimahullāh (may Allāh have mercy upon him) was an experience that provided me with beautiful memories that I continue to draw lessons from to this day.

For instance, it was the habit of the Shaykh raḥimahullāh (may Allāh have mercy upon him) that he would NEVER allow for any time to pass without trying to benefit from it, even if it was over a meal. It was quite common for him to address his students by saying, “Who will give us faa'idah (benefit)?” Everyone in the circle would all then have to mention a point of benefit or advice, no matter how small the circle. This is a beautiful habit that I tray to practice until today with my peers and students. I learned it from Shaykh Bin Baaz raḥimahullāh (may Allāh have mercy upon him).

Of course while one person is speaking, others are searching their minds trying to come up with something that will stand out for their turn – a unique piece of information, a beautiful quotation of a scholar, an elaborate gem or stunning reflection. There was one gathering where what a person said stayed in my mind and taught me an astounding life lesson.

Shaykh Muhammad Al-Farrag's turn came up, and he simply looked at the ground and began to recite the Qur'an. He recited verse after verse of Surat Ale-Imran to the silence of the circle. When he was finished, I looked at Shaykh Bin Baaz and found his eyes were flooded with tears. “Jazak Allahu Khairan”, he said. No one that night said anything better than what Shaykh Al-Farrag recited.

Lesson: Make your greatest tool in reminding yourself and others the Qur'an. There is nothing that is more effective to the hearts of mankind than the words of the Lord who created them. Remember that the difference between the words of man and the words of Allah is like the difference between man and Allah Himself.

About The Author

is Vice President of AlMaghrib Institute and Director of Clear Lake Islamic Center (CLIC). He is a frequent guest speaker at Universities, Conventions, Radio Talk Shows, Television, Interfaith meetings, and community centers nationally and internationally. He is also a member of the North American Imam Federation (NAIF), Assembly of Muslim Jurists in America (AMJA)-Fatwa and Research Committee, Director of Texas Dawah Convention, and Advisor to numerous Islamic Societies/Organizations around the US. Shaykh Waleed Basyouni graduated with a Bachelors in Islamic Sciences from Al-Imam Muhammad University, KSA; did his Masters in Islamic Theology, World Religions and Modern Religious Sects from Al-Imam Muhammad University; and acquired a Doctorate in Theology. He is also an instructor at the American Open University in Alexandria, VA, USA, and serves as, the Imam of Clear Lake Islamic Center, Houston, TX, USA. Shaykh Waleed has Ijaazahs in reciting the Holy Quran and in several books of Hadeeth, awarded by various scholars. He studied with great scholars time such as Shaykh Ibn Baz, Abdul-Razzaq Afify and others.

3 Responses

  1. umm_ismael

    aoa wr wb respected shaykh please continue to share these gems wit us jazakallah khair

  2. O H

    Jazak Allaahu Khair Shaykh for the great gems . May Allaah give myself & the rest of the Ummah the ability to read, understand & act upon the Qur’anic teachings, Allaahumma Ameen

  3. Shafiqa

    Jazak Allahu Khairan sheikh Waleed Basyouni for great reminder ,
    May Allah swt bless you and your family and grant you the highest level in Jannah


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