Whoever speaks ill of the (righteous) scholars, Allaah will give death to that person’s heart before He will give death to that person
Hafidh Ibn As-Saakir (rahimahullaah) said:
The flesh of the scholar is poison…and Allaah (exposing) removing the cover from the one who belittles the scholar, this is well known. And talking about them in a manner in which they are innocent is a tremendous (horrendous) affair. And to eat of their honor with lies is a matter that is shameful. It is known that Allaah causes the heart (of the one who does this) to die before their body dies.
And they only harm themselves, and they acquire humiliation, because Truly, Allaah defends those who believe. (Al-Hajj, ayah 38) And Allaah will not allow any good to come from the actions of the evil doers.
Those who find fault with the scholars of Tawheed – the scholars of the Sunnah – are the people of plotting and deceit. If they are not able to say directly (out loud) what they want to say, they will say it indirectly. So pay attention to this, ya ‘ibadullaah, so you will not be deceived.
Imam Ibn Mubarak (rahimahullaah) said:
He who belittles the scholars, he will lose his hereafter.
Imam Ahmad (rahimahullaah) said:
The flesh of the scholars is poisonous (to eat [by slandering]).
Source: Masjid Rahmah Tape “The Harms of Finding Fault With The Scholars,” by Abu Uwais (rahimahullaah).
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