Malik on ‘Ilm: Do not extinguish light of knowledge with sins

Ibn al-Qayyim reported: When Imam al-Shafi’i, may Allah have mercy on him, sat in front of Malik and read to him, Malik was impressed by his intelligence, wisdom, and complete understanding. Malik said, “Verily, I see Allah has placed light in your heart, so do not extinguish it with the darkness of disobedience.”

Source: al-Jawāb al-Kāfī 1/52

قال ابن القيم وَلَمَّا جَلَسَ الْإِمَامُ الشَّافِعِيُّ رحمه الله بَيْنَ يَدَيْ مَالِكٍ وَقَرَأَ عَلَيْهِ أَعْجَبَهُ مَا رَأَى مِنْ وُفُورِ فِطْنَتِهِ وَتَوَقُّدِ ذَكَائِهِ وَكَمَالِ فَهْمِهِ فَقَالَ إِنِّي أَرَى اللَّهَ قَدْ أَلْقَى عَلَى قَلْبِكَ نُورًا فَلَا تُطْفِئْهُ بِظُلْمَةِ الْمَعْصِيَةِ

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