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The Trust of Conveying Knowledge

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This site does not require that it is referenced; however, it is from the trust of conveying knowledge to abide by the following Ahaadeeth, when transmitting knowledge from this site or elsewhere.

The Messenger of Allah - صلّى الله عليه وسلّم - said:

"…and whoever claims something that is not his, then he is not of us, and let him mentally prepare his seat in the Fire."
[Collected by both al-Bukharee and Muslim]

Sufyan ath-Thawree – may Allah have mercy upon him - stated: "Indeed attributing a benefit to its initial owner, is from truthfulness as well as gratitude for knowledge. And indeed remaining silent about it is from lying as well as un-gratefulness for knowledge. [Mawaahib al-Jaleel: 1/4]

An-Nawawee – may Allah have mercy upon him - stated: "It is from Naseehah to attribute an eccentric benefit to its owner. Whoever does so would be blessed in his knowledge and his state of affairs. And whoever falsely indicates that what he takes from other people's speech is his, then it is likely that he does not benefit from his knowledge and that he is not blessed at all, and the people of knowledge and virtue continue to attribute benefits to their initiator, we ask Allah for continuous success in practicing this."

[Bustan al-'Arifeen: P.29]

The Messenger of Allah - صلّى الله عليه وسلّم - said:

"One who boasts with what is not his, is like one who wears two deceitful garments."
[Collected by both al-Bukharee and Muslim]

Al-Qaasim ibn Salaam – may Allah have mercy upon him - stated: "He is one who cheats/cons people by wearing the garments of the people of Zuhd. The garments were described as deceitful because they were put on with that intention. Two garments to reflect the two affairs the person has fallen into:

One: Describing himself with something that is not in him and taking what is not his.

The other: Lying about the initiator; who is Allah or the people. "

[Al-Ghareeb: 2/235]

Al-Haafidh ibn Hajar stated: "Abu 'Ubayd said in explaining this Hadeeth: "Meaning one who adorns himself by putting on what he does not own. He adorns himself with falsehood, like a woman who has a co-wife, so she falsely claims that she has this and that, more than what her husband has given her, hoping to anger her co-wife. Likewise is such a man.

As for his statement: "…like one who wears two deceitful garments."

Meaning a person who wears the clothing of the Zahid to look like he is from the people of Zuhd, showing more abstinence than what is in his heart. It could also mean he wears the best type of clothing, as one would say 'So and so is wearing a fine garment' if it is free of sin, or 'So and so is wearing a dirty garment' if his Deen is not in a good state.

Al-Khatabee stated: Meaning he is a deceiver and a liar, just as one who is free of sin is described as wearing a pure garment, but what is meant is the person himself.

As for mentioning two garments, then it is an indication for two lies; this person lies about himself by claiming what is not his, and lies about others who have not given him anything. Likewise is the one who makes  a false oath, he oppresses himself and oppresses the one he is taking an oath against."

[Fat-h al-Barree: 15/23]

Ibnul Qayyim stated: "Whoever wears a garment of truth, of Taqwa, then he is pleased with whatever Allah has given him, grateful for His favors, steadfast upon his religion. And whoever puts on a garment that is not his, and takes on attributes to show off, then the best of his actions are a sin, and the most truthful of them is a lie, and the purest of his intentions is Riyaa."

[Madaarij as-Salikeen 2/238]

Al-Albaanee stated: "The statement of the 'Ulamaa:

"It is from the blessing of knowledge, to refer every statement back to the one who initially made it."

Abiding by this distances one from plagiarism/forgery which the Messenger alluded to in his - صلّى الله عليه وسلّم - statement:

"One who boasts with what is not his, is like one who wears two deceitful garments."

[The Tahqeeq of Al-Kalim at-Tayyib by Shaykul Islaam: P. 11]

Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymeen stated: "If a person boasts with what he was not given, then it is as was mentioned in the Hadeeth of the woman who had a co-wife, she lies saying 'my husband has given me this and my husband has given me that', only wanting to anger her co-wife and ruin her relationship with her husband; this is as the Messenger said - صلّى الله عليه وسلّم :
"One who boasts with what is not his, is like one who wears two deceitful garments."
[Sharh Riyad as-Saliheen:1/1795]

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