Teaching the Deen (Religion) effectively

Ibn Abbas reported that the Prophet (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said, “Teach the people, and be easy on them, and not difficult. And when one of you is angry, let him be quiet” [Reported by Ahmad in his Musnad].

From this simple and beautiful hadith, we learn:

– Of the most noble of deeds is to teach others their religion. Each person should know his/her own level, and teach people in accordance with the knowledge Allah has given him/her.

– When teaching others, do not make the religion more difficult than it is, and do not teach others matters that are overly strict, detailed, or confusing for them. Be gentle and easy, and put higher standards on yourself than you do on other people.

– Be careful of speaking, and especially teaching, when angry. Anger clouds one’s judgment, and causes one to say things that will later bring regret, and perhaps even harm. An angry teacher will never be effective in imparting useful knowledge.

May Allah bless us to be of those who teach beneficial knowledge to others, and avoid misguiding and misleading others ! And may Allah bless us with the calmness to be effective teachers, and cause us to avoid the the anger and ramblings of ineffective teachers!

آمين يا ربّ العالمين!!


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