The Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said: "The example of guidance and knowledge with which Allah has sent me, is like abundant rain falling on the earth. Some of which was fertile soil that absorbed rainwater and brought forth vegetation and grass in abundance. (And) another portion of it was hard and held the rain-water and Allah benefited the people with it and they utilized it for drinking, (making their animals drink from it) and to irrigate the land for cultivation. (And) a portion of it was barren which could neither hold the water nor bring forth vegetation (then that land gave no benefits). The first is teh example of a person who comprehends Allahs religion (Islam) and gets benefit (from the knowledge) which Allah has revealed through med (the Prophet, peace be upon him) and learns and then teaches it to others. The (last example is that of a) person who does not care for it and does not take Allah's guidance revealed through me (he is like that barren land)."
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Author: Safi-ur-Rahman al-Mubarakpuri