View Full Version : Common Errors In Knowing Who Is A Scholar

Umm Yoosuf
01-28-2007, 09:37 AM

By Sheikh 'Ubayd ibn Abdillaah al-Jaabiree

Taken from an upcoming book "The hadeeth reported by the Companion 'Irbaad ibn Saariyah" (May Allaah be pleased with him)

Sheikh Ubayd al-Jaabiree says:

"A scholar is the one who becomes known for knowledge, his feet become firmly established. He is the one whom the Muslims should study under and not leave for someone who is less than him except if there is a need to.

Ibn Mas'ud (may Allaah be pleased with him) said,

"The people will continue to be upon goodness so long as they take the knowledge from the companions of the Messenger, and from their elders but if they take the knowledge from the young ones they will be destroyed."

Do you know who the young ones are?

They are the people of whims and desires . They are the ones who leave the Prophetic texts and hold onto their opinions, philosophy and beautiful speech until they deceive the people. They control and overcome them with the outcome being ignorance.
The scholars used to test the people of each place with their scholars. So in the past they used to say:

Test the people of Madinah with Malik ibn Anas and test the people of Sham with al-Auzaa'ee and test the people of Egypt with Laith ibn Sa'd and test the people of Koofah with Sufyaan and test the people of Mosul with Mu'afah ibn Imran.

What they mean by this is that the people in these areas are asked about their scholars. If they spoke well of them and respected them they would be brought closer and respected. If they spoke ill of these scholars and insulted them then the scholars kept them away from themselves by splitting off from them. This shows that the scholars are a blessing for this Islamic nation, they educate the people and teach them from the Qur'an and the Sunnah, the religion of Allaah upon the understanding of the Pious Predecessors. By them the people are strengthened, the scales are measured in full and people's possessions are protected from innovations and newly invented matters.
If the Islamic nation does not have a need for its scholars and it puts the scholars behind itself then those people are considered to be evil. Salute them for indeed the devils from the jinns and people will overcome them.

Oh Muslims, do not be like those who have no need of the scholars. Those scholars who are known to the general and specific ones like the Imam Sheikh Abdulaziz Bin Baz (rahimahullaah- may Allaah have mercy on him), and like the Imam Sheikh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-'Uthaimeen (rahimahullaah- may Allaah have mercy on him), and like the Imam Sheikh al-Albaani (rahimahullaah- may Allaah have mercy on him), and their brothers who are upon the truth after them in our judgment and Allaah is their reckoner.
At the head of them, the Muftee of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Sheikh Abdulaziz ibn Abdillaah al-Sheikh, and the honourable Sheikh Salih al-Luhaydan, and the honourable Sheikh Saalih al-Fawzaan, and the honourable Sheikh Abdullaah ibn al-Ghudayan, and their brothers who are with them upon the Sunnah. We do not praise them above Allaah's praise and Allaah is their reckoner.

Oh Muslims, be careful that opinions overcome you and you are confused by dazzling speech for this is the beginning of misguidance and destruction.

May Allaah protect us and you in our religion in this life and the hereafter... "
The Prophet, salallaahu 'alaihi wassallaam, said:

"…Upon you is to follow My Sunnah(way) and the Sunnah of the Rightly Guided Caliphs…"

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08-12-2008, 07:12 PM
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JazakiAllahu khair.

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