I’m pretty sure I’ve posted this before, but it bears repeating:

Imam Malik (ra) advised Imam Shafi, to make his actions flour and his knowledge salt.  What did he mean?  Bread is made from much flour, to which only a pinch of salt is added.  Such should be the combination of knowledge and action within a scholar.

-Related by Sh. Zulfiqar in a letter concerning knowledge, humility and action

Sound advice not only for the scholar, but also for us poor faqirs, struggling on the path of the Beloved.  I know for myself, if given a choice between an act of worship and reading a book of knowledge, 9 times out of 10, I’ll chose the book.


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