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“Verily, Mu’adh ibn Jabal رضي الله عنه was an Ummah (nation)”

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وقال الشعبي : حدثني فروة بن نوفل الأشجعي قال:

قال ابن مسعود : إن معاذا كان أمة قانتا لله حنيفا ، فقلت في نفسي : غلط أبو عبد الرحمن ، إنما قال الله : إن إبراهيم كان أمة فقال : أتدري ما الأمة وما القانت ؟ قلت : الله أعلم ، قال : الأمة الذي يعلم الناس الخير . والقانت : المطيع لله ورسوله ، وكذلك كان معاذ معلم الخير ، وكان مطيعا لله ورسوله


“Al-Ashja’ee narrated that Ibn Mas’ood رضي الله عنه said: “Verily, Mu’adh رضي الله عنه was an Ummah (nation), qanit (obedient) and a hanif (monotheist)”. I thought to myself: Abu Abdul-Rahman (Ibn Mas’ood) must have made a mistake, because Allah said: “Verily, Ibrahim عليه السلام was an Ummah, (qanit and a hanif)!” [An-Nahl; 120]. Then he said: “Do you know what Ummah (nation) and what Qanit (obedient) refer to?” I said: “Allahu A’lam!” He said: “The ummah is the person who teaches others (goodness) and the qaanit is the one who obeys Allah and His Messengers, and so was Mu’adh : a teacher of goodness and obedient to Allah and His messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم”.

[“Tafsir Ibn Katheer”, 4/612]


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December 25, 2010 at 8:02 am

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