+ -

عَنْ جَابِرِ بْنِ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ رضي الله عنهما أَنَّ النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ:
«لَا تَعَلَّمُوا الْعِلْمَ لِتُبَاهُوا بِهِ الْعُلَمَاءَ، وَلَا لِتُمَارُوا بِهِ السُّفَهَاءَ، وَلَا تَخَيَّرُوا بِهِ الْمَجَالِسَ، فَمَنْ فَعَلَ ذَلِكَ، فَالنَّارُ النَّارُ».

[صحيح] - [رواه ابن ماجه]
المزيــد ...

Jābir ibn ‘Abdullāh (may Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) said:
"Do not seek knowledge in order to show off in front of the scholars, or to argue with the foolish; or to get the higher status in gatherings. Whoever does that, the Fire, the Fire."

Sahih/Authentic. - [Ibn Maajah]

Explanation

The Prophet (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him) gave a warning to those who seek knowledge to show off in front of the scholars and demonstrate that they are also scholars like them; to argue with foolish and feeble-minded people; or to be given prominence and precedence over others in gatherings. Whoever does that becomes worthy of Hellfire due to his showing off and lack of sincerity in seeking knowledge for Allah's sake.

Translation: Urdu Spanish Indonesian Uyghur Bengali Turkish Bosnian Sinhala Indian Vietnamese Hausa Malayalam Telgu Swahili Burmese Thai Pashto Assamese Albanian Swedish amharic Dutch Gujarati Kyrgyz Nepali Yoruba Lithuanian Dari Serbian Somali Tajik
View Translations

Benefits from the Hadith

  1. The Hadīth warns with fire those who seek knowledge to brag about it or use it for arguing with the foolish or achieving prominence in gatherings, and so on.
  2. It is important that we have a sincere intention as we seek knowledge and teach it to others.
  3. The intention is the basis of deeds and by which the reward is given.