With me is a treasure that is very seldom found

Shaykh Bakr Aboo Zayd (rahimahullaah) writes on page 147 of his book “The Etiquettes of Seeking Knowledge”,

وقد كان شيخنا محمد الأمين الشنقيطى المتوفى في 17/12/1393هـ رحمه الله تعالى متقللاً من الدنيا، وقد شاهدته لا يعرف فئات العملة الورقية، وقد شافهني بقوله:

لقد جئت من البلادشنقيطومعي كنز قل أن يوجد عند أحد، وهو (القناعة) ، ولو أردت المناصب، لعرفت الطريق إليها، ولكني لا أوثر الدنيا على الآخرة، ولا أبذل العلم لنيل المآرب الدنيوية“.

Our Shaykh Muhammad aI-Ameen ash-Shinqeetee who died on 17/12/1393H, rahimahullaah, took very little from this worldly life, and I used to see him and he could not differentiate between the values of different [notes within the same] currency, and he once said to me: “I came from my country (Shinqeet [Mauritania]) and with me is a treasure that is very seldom found in the possession of anyone, and it is contentment, and if I wanted high status, I would have known the way to achieve it, but I chose not to exchange this worldly life for the hereafter, and I do not give my knowledge to attain worldly desires.

End quote.

Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen (rahimahullaah) commented on this and said:

هذا كلام من الشيخ الشنقيطي , وأشباهه من أهل العلم , لا يريدون بذلك تزكية النفس , إنما يريدون نفع الخلق , وأن يقتدي الناس بهم , وأن يكونوا على هذا الطريق . لأننا نعلم هذا من أحوالهم أي من أحوال العلماء , فهم أبعد الناس عن ذلك .
وهو رحمه الله كما ذكره الشيخ أبو بكر من الزهاد . اذا رأيته لا تقول الا انه رجل من أهل البعث , حتى العباءة تجد انها عباءة عادية , ولا يهتم بهندام نفسه ,رحمه الله تعالى

“This is the words from Shaykh Shanqeetee (may Allaah have mercy upon him) resembling people of knowledge, they do not desire by that to give themselves credit but they want by it to benefit the creation, and the people to emulate them, and be upon this path. Because we know them, they were not looking for accrediting themselves rather they are the furthest people from that.

And he, may Allaah have mercy on him, was as Shaykh Bakr mentioned, from the Zuhaad. If you saw him he would not say except that he was a man from the desert. Even the cloak, you find he wore a normal cloak it had no embroidery. Also you find he was not concerned about himself or his thawb being smart and neat, may Allaah have mercy on him.”

End quote from Shaykh al-‘Uthaymeen (rahimahullaah)’s explanation.

Source: Explanation by Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-Uthaymeen (rahimahullaah), of the book, Hilyat Talib al-‘Ilm (The Etiquettes of Seeking Knowledge) of al-Shaykh Baker Abu Zaid (rahimahullaah)

Tape 2 – Side 1 (Timing 00:12:56 – 00:14:08).

You can go through the biography of this noble Shaykh from here: Short Biography of Shaykh Muhammad al-Ameen ash-Shinqeetee

Author: Islamic Treasure

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