When Muhammad, a new teenager, set out from Makkah to further his Islamic learning, he was dirt poor. When he returned eight years later, his horses and mules were laden with grain, exquisite outfits, gold and silver coins; gifts just received from his teacher, mentor and friend, Imam Malik.
Fatimah was overwhelmed with happiness to see her only child return. She had raised him single-handedly since his father died when he was two, migrating from Palestine to Makkah for his better upbringing. She put him beneath the scholars as a boy. He had the Quran memorized at age seven, and Malik’s Muwatta at age ten, at which time his teacher, Imam Muslim Az-Zanji, the Mufti of Makkah, deputized him to teach in his absence. His teacher told him to issue Fatwa when he was only fifteen years old.
But seeing what he had arrived with wiped the smile off Fatimah’s face. “Son, do you remember when I saw you off, I had only two old sheets of Yemeni cloth that I could give you as provisions. I bade you farewell with them while you were my only belonging in the world, in the hope that you would return rich in the knowledge of the Ahadith of Rasool-Allah. I didn’t send you to gather this wealth. Son, this is the capital from which arrogance breeds.” [Imam Shafi’i Ka Ilmi Safar, by Dr Akhtar Husain Azmi]
So he distributed everything among the indigent of Makkah, such that there was nothing left with them when evening fell, except reliance on Allah once again.
Muhammad bin Idrees is well-known as Imam Shafi’i, the Mujaddid of the second century.
Let the purpose of your education be success for eternity too. When the objective of an education is Dunya, it is wasted if it doesn’t convert to cash. Livelihood, Allah has guaranteed, but Paradise, He hasn’t. So instead of focusing on what is guaranteed, focus on what you have been told to earn!
This hadith has been sent to me by dailyhadith.adaptivesolutionsinc.com