Imaam Maalik bin Anas (d.179H), rahimahullaah, was asked:
“Is knowledge taken from one who has no studies, and has not sit with the ‘Ulamah?”
He (rahimahullaah) replied:
See: Hilyatul-Awliyaa 6/323.
So if that is the case with one who has not sat with the scholars, not taken from them, not known to them – then how much more severe is it for one to take knowledge from one who has been warned against by the scholars?!
- Be Careful From Who You Take Your Deen From ! – Shaykh Ahmad ibn Bazmool
- A Precious Gem: The Ignorant Worshipper and the Immoral (Religious) Scholar – Ibn al Qayyim
- How to seek knowledge if you can’t reach the people of Knowledge – Shaykh Ahmad bin Umar Bazmool
- Criterion To Distinguish A True Scholar From An Imitator – Shaykh ibn Baaz
- The Evil Results of a Scholar of Innovation (MUST SEE)
- Not all who read are scholars – (must see, emotional!)
Imam Sadi (rahimahullaa) stated:
They [i.e. (the upright) scholars and teachers] are the mediators between the Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) and his Ummah with regards to propagation of his religion and clarification of his sharee-ah. Had it not been for these ones, the people would have been like cattle. Their rights are greater than the rights of the fathers and the mothers; for indeed they nurture the souls and hearts of the slaves upon the beneficial sciences and sound knowledge. They are the ones who guide the Ummah in the fundamental and subsidiary affairs of their Religion. They return them to the rulings pertaining to the rights and dealings that are incumbent upon a person to fulfil, just as they return them to the affairs pertaining to affairs of worship. Through them the Book and the Sunnah are established; truth is made clear truth from falsehood, guidance as opposed to misguidance, the lawful as opposed to the unlawful, good as opposed to evil, and rectification as opposed to corruption. They are of varying ranks, in accordance with what they establish of knowledge, teaching and benefit, great or small. They have great rights (to be fulfilled) by the ummah and are in possession of a sublime status.
Therefore, the people must have love and respect for them. They must recognize their excellence and virtue, and thank them greatly. They are to supplicate for them in private and public, and seek nearness to Allaah by having love for them and praising them. They are to proclaim their excellence, and guard the hearts and the tongues against insulting them, which when present would tarnish their excellence.
[For further details, see: Noorul Basaa-ir Wal Albaab Fee Ahkaamil Ibaadaat Wal-Mu-aamalaat Wal Huqooq Wal Aadaab, page: 57-58)]
Bismillaah Al-Hamdulillaah wa salatu wa salaamu ‘ala rasulullaah
There are several individuals these days who claim to possess knowledge and, because of this, people have become very confused in their religion. Is there a criterion that a person can use to distinguish a true scholar from an imitator? Please benefit us, may Allaah grant you much good.
Answer by Shaykh ‘Abdul-Azeez bin Baaz (rahimahullaah)
In the Name of Allaah, and all praise belongs to Him. The sign of a true scholar is clear; he is the individual who presents the Qur`an and the Sunnah as proofs.You become aware of his correctness by asking the people of knowledge who know him. Also, a person should investigate and ask the trustworthy people about him, in order to be safe that he is (actually) from the people of knowledge. The true scholar is furthermore known by his (correct) religion and uprightness, and his diligence in seeking verdicts, and by the proofs he presents.
He is also known by his actions in addition to the recommendations mentioned by those who know him. It is not befitting that a person takes this matter lightly and asks anybody; rather one should investigate, as it relates to his religion, and ask the trustworthy and reliable from amongst the people of knowledge in his country or in the country he travels to.
This should be done in order for him to be at ease, because he has asked the people of knowledge regarding this matter.
(Al Fatawa, pg. 118) Translated by : Abu Isma’eel Mustafa George
Source : Clear Advice For Benefiting From Islaamic Lectures [Seminars, Conferences], lectured by Shaykh Salih bin ‘Abdul-’Azeez Ala Shaykh (hafidhahullaah)
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