Ibn Mas’ud on ‘Ilm: True knowledge is in the fear of Allah

Abdullah reported: Ibn Mas’ud, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “Knowledge is not knowing many narrations. Verily, knowledge is the fear of Allah.”

Source: Rawḍat al-‘Uqalā 9

Ibn Rajab said, “Knowledge is not memorizing many narrations or sayings, but rather it is a light that Allah places in the heart by which a servant understands the truth and he distinguishes it from falsehood.”

Source: Faḍl ‘Ilm al-Salaf 1/5

عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ قَالَ قَالَ ابْنُ مَسْعُودٍ رضي الله عنه لَيْسَ الْعِلْمُ بِكَثْرَةِ الرَّوِايَةِ إِنَّمَا الْعِلْمُ الْخَشْيَةُ

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