Not befitting for us to claim Knowledge or Actions, nor Da’wah

Question: Here [we have] a good question, and I wish to read it out to the Shaykh, [and] it says:

Noble Shaykh – may Allaah protect and preserve you – as-Salaam ‘alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuhu; I request from your eminence [some] introduction about yourself, since Allaah is my witness – O Shaykh, that I love you for the sake of Allaah, however I only know a little about you.

I implore [you for the sake of] Allaah, and then [request] you to honour us by talking – even if it is a little – about that, and may Allaah reward you the best of rewards.

Response: All Praise is due to Allaah [alone], and may the prayers and salutations be upon the Messenger of Allaah; To proceed:

As for talking about myself, then this is very difficult; However, I [only] briefly [wish to] say: [I am] your brother – Muhammad Amaan ibn ‘Alee al-Jaami[1]; I used to be an Associate Professor at the Islaamic University [of Madeenah], as well as Head of the Department of ‘Aqeedah in Post Graduate Studies.

And here I am [before you], as you see me.

I am retired, and have devoted myself to work [and spend my time] with the youth. Presently, I am a teacher and guiding instructor in al-Masjid an-Nabawee, and I [also] have lessons and lectures in Jeddah.

[Along] with the youth, I live with (surrounded by) these problems that you have heard [about].

This is me [this is who I am].

I ask Allaah Ta’aala to grant me and you all towfeeq.

[As for] the brother who made this request, [then] I thank him for this feeling [of love for me for the sake of Allaah], and what he mentioned about wanting to know more about me, however, I [humbly] request that he knows no more than this; That is because Allaah Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala – He is the One who knows the true reality of [His] servants, and it is not befitting for us to claim [to have] knowledge or [righteous] actions, nor [noble efforts in] da’wah; We leave all of this for Allaah Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala; [Because] Allaah – He is the [only] One who is fully aware of the true reality of His servants.

[1] Refer to the Shaykh’s biography here:

لا ينبغي لنا أن ندَّعي العلم أو العمل أو الدعوة

الحمد لله، والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله، وبعد:

أمَّا التحدُّث عن نفسي فصعب جدًّا، لكنِّي أقول بالاختصار: أخوكم محمد أمان بن علي الجامي كنت أستاذًا مشاركًا في الجامعة الإسلامية ورئيس شعبة العقيدة في الدراسات العليا، وها أنا ذا كما ترون أحلت على التقاعد وتفرغت للعمل مع الشباب، حاليًا مدرِّس وموجِّه في المسجد النبوي، ولي دروس ومحاضرات في جدَّة، أعيش مع الشباب هذه المشاكل التي سمعتموها، هذا أنا ذا.

أسأل الله-تعالى-أن يوفقني وإياكم.

والأخ الذي طلب هذا الطلب أنا أشكره على هذا الشعور، وما ذكر بأنَّه يحب أن يعرف عنِّي الكثير، لكن أرجو أن لا يعرف أكثر من هذا، لأن الله-سبحانه وتعالى-هو الذي يعلم حقيقة العباد، ولا ينبغي لنا أن ندَّعي العلم أو العمل أو الدعوة، كل ذلك نتركه لله-سبحانه وتعالى-، الله هو العليم بحقيقة عباده.

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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