True Intelligence

Imām Ibn Taimiyyah, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

No one can be called a person of intelligence or understanding unless he’s come to know what’s good and then sought it and [come to know] what’s evil and then left it. For this [reason], the People of the Fire say:

{ لَوۡ كُنَّا نَسۡمَعُ أَوۡ نَعۡقِلُ مَا كُنَّا فِیۤ أَصۡحَـٰبِ ٱلسَّعِیرِ }

If we had listened or tried to understand, we would not have come to be among the People of the Fire. (Al-Mulk, 10)

And [Allāh] says about the hypocrites:

{ تَحۡسَبُهُمۡ جَمِیعࣰا وَقُلُوبُهُمۡ شَتَّىٰۚ ذَ ٰ⁠لِكَ بِأَنَّهُمۡ قَوۡمࣱ لَّا یَعۡقِلُونَ }

You think they’re all together [upon the same thing], but their hearts are far apart from one another; that’s because they’re a people who don’t think and understand. (Al-Ḥashr, 14)

Majmūʿ Al-Fatāwá, vol. 7, p. 24.