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15 July 2019 CE | 13 Dhul-Qadah 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

Sheepdog Instead Of Sheep

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “The likeness of the one who sits and listens to wisdom then only speaks of the bad things that he has heard, is that of a man who comes to a shepherd and says, ‘O shepherd, give me one of your sheep to slaughter,’ and (the shepherd) says, ‘Go and grab the ear of the best of them.’ Then he goes and grabs the ear of the sheepdog.” [Sunan Ibn Majah]

Some people have the habit of picking faults. This is especially pathetic when the person has been listening to a speaker calling people to the proper worship of Allah (subhana wa ta’ala). Should he make a mistake, we should ask Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) to forgive him; after all we also have faults that we want Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) to forgive. The person who holds on to the mistakes and refuses to take any lesson from all the worthwhile things that the speaker mentioned is likened in this hadith to a man who was given a chance to take the choicest of sheep to roast and feast but took the sheepdog instead and remained hungry.

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