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.
Unfortunately the Ummah today is suffering [at the hands] of people who have no religious knowledge manifesting themselves for da’wah and fataawa.
And this is by neglecting the scholars and not referring newly arising issues of this day and age to them, and referring these issues to the youth who are ignorant (some, even of the Arabic language! Let alone [religious] knowledge that can only be acquired after learning the Arabic language).
Some people pursued worship and ignored knowledge, then they engaged in an armed rebellion against the ummah of Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). If they had sought knowledge, it would have prevented them from doing that.
When the manners of the Salaf were mentioned to ‘Abdullaah ibn al-Mubarak, he would say the following lines of poetry,
“Do not compare us to them,
For the healthy person, who walks, is not the same as the crippled one.”
So do not feel satisfied with actions so long as you are lacking in knowledge, nor feel satisfied with knowledge so long as you fall short in producing actions. Rather, combine between them both, even if your share two is small.
You are lying; rather you acquired knowledge so that it would be said that you were a scholar, and you recited Qur’aan so that it would be said that you were a reciter.