Subhaan Allaah! || The first [three] who will be consumed by the Fire – by Shaykh Dr. Muhammad Sa’īd Raslān حفظه الله

Knowledge is an act of worship and a means of gaining nearness to Allāh. So, if your intention is pure in this worship, it will be accepted, purified, and blessed. And if you intend with it other than the Pleasure of Allāh, it will be nullified, wasted, and you will lose its value. It might be that one can miss out on these noble goals and not achieve them, thereby wasting his energy and effort.”All of the above can be summarized in the hadīth of the Messenger of Allāh (Sallallahu Alaihi wa sallam) that was reported by Muslim in his ‘Sahīh,’ on the authority of Abū Hurayrah: “The first who will be consumed by the Fire on the Day of Resurrection will be three: a scholar, a Mujāhid, and a generous donator.
As for the scholar, Allāh will bring him and ask him: ‘What did you do in the dunyā?’ So, he will say: ‘I acquired knowledge for Your Sake, and I spread it seeking Your Pleasure.’ So, it will be said to him: ‘You lied. You learned so that you would be referred to as a scholar, and it was done, and you have obtained your reward in the dunyā.’ Then, he will be ordered thrown into Hell.
Then, the donator will be brought, and Allāh will ask him: ‘What did you do in the dunyā?’ He will say: ‘I acquired wealth from permissible means, and I donated it for Your Sake.’ It will be said to him: ‘You lied. You donated your money so that it would be said that you are generous, and it was done, and you have had your reward in the dunyā.’ Then, he will be ordered thrown into Hell.
Then, the fighter will be brought, and asked: ’What did you do?’ ‘I fought in Your Cause until I was killed.’ ‘You lied. You fought so that you would be referred to as a brave man, and it was done, and you took your reward in the dunyā.’ Then, he will be ordered thrown into Hell.”

an-Nawawī (may Allāh have Mercy on him) said: “His (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) statement regarding the fighter, the scholar, and the generous donator, and their punishment for their actions being for other than Allāh’s Face, and their entering the Fire – these are all proofs for the emphasized prohibition of showing off and the severe punishment for doing so, as well as for the obligation of having a pure intention in one’s actions, as Allāh Azza wa jal Said:

وَمَا أُمِرُوا إِلَّا لِيَعْبُدُوا اللَّهَ مُخْلِصِينَ لَهُ الدِّينَ حُنَفَاء وَيُقِيمُوا الصَّلَاةَ وَيُؤْتُوا الزَّكَاةَ وَذَلِكَ دِينُ الْقَيِّمَةِ
{“And they were not commanded except to worship Allāh, making the Religion sincerely for Him…”}[98:5]

And it also shows that the general texts regarding the virtues of Jihād are referring to the one who seeks only the Pleasure of Allāh, just as with the texts praising the scholars and generous donators – all of these are interpreted to be only in regards to the one who does these things for Allāh, the Exalted.”
And the aforementioned hadīth leaves no question that the student of knowledge should purify his intention in his studies, such that his seeking of knowledge is not for anyone other than Allāh, seeking His Pleasure, and hoping for His reward – not so that he would use this knowledge to be elevated in the eyes of others, sitting on their necks, and standing on their shoulders, as the Messenger of Allāh (peace be upon him) said: “Whoever seeks knowledge in order to compete with the scholars, to prove himself superior to the ignorant, or to make the people look up to him, he is in the Fire.”Source
The Manners of the Student of Knowledge by Shaykh Dr. Muhammad Sa’īd Raslān حفظه الله pages 10-11

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A Severe Threat For Opposing Allaah ‘azza wa jal & His Messenger صلي الله عليه و سلم

Allaah The Most High has stated:

“Then let them be aware, those who oppose his (the Messenger’s) commandment, that some Fitnah (trial) will befall them or a painful torment.”{Surah­ An-Noor: 63}

The noble Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Sa’eed Raslaan (may Allaah preserve him) commented on this verse saying:

“This is a severe threat for the one who opposes the command of the Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) with one of two matters:

1. That Fitnah will befall his heart, and as a result of it, he deviates away from the truth and disbelieves after having Eemaan. His heart will become corrupt with the deviance of misguidance, therefore not being guided to the truth after that. That is because he opposed the command of the Messenger (sallAllaau alayhi wa sallam). This punishment is more severe than the one after it.

2. The painful torment, either it takes place in the life of this world with being killed, sickness or the destruction that is for the disbelievers who opposed the commandment of the Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam). The second punishment will take place in the hereafter. There will be no escape for the one who intentionally opposes the commandment of the Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) from the two punishments; A punishment which is in the heart and a punishment which afflicts the physical body or the wealth. This will take place either by way of death or the destruction or the complete loss of wealth and lives. This is a severe threat for the one who opposes the commandment of the Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam).”

{Source: As-Sunnah wa Bayaan Makaanatihaa pgs. 7-8 By Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Sa’eed Raslaan (may Allaah preserve him)}