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Concerning the Saying of Allaah ''And buy not with my verses a small price''

What is the meaning of this verse:

{And buy not with my verses a small price}

[Al-Baqarah 2:41]


This verse is referring to some people who, though Allaah Almighty has blessed them with knowledge of His verses, they sell those verses for a small price. When a religious ruling goes against the inclination of people who have status, the type of person referred to in this verse will change the true religious ruling to one that will appease him. This verse also refers to someone who uses religious knowledge to either gain worldly status or to keep an important post in society. Such a person, though he might know that something is unlawful, will proclaim it to be lawful so that the people do not call him strict, or because the ruler will decrease his stipend or a strip him of his position. What is important to note here is that the verse is general: it applies to all people who abandon something from their religion to gain something from this world. And Allaah Almighty knows best.

Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih al-`Uthaymeen
Fatawa Islamiyah, vol.7, p.143, DARUSSALAM
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