The Honourable Status of The Scholars in Islaam
The Shaykh is from the senior scholars of our time, from the students of Ash-Shaykh Muqbil ibn Hadi’ al-Wad’ee (rahimahullaah)and is in charge of Dar-ul-Hadeeth, Baalfeewush, in ‘Aden, Yemen. Shaykh ‘AbdurRahmaan is highly praised as an ‘Alim of Ahl Sunnah by Shaykh Rabee’ al-Madkhalee, Shaykh ‘Ubayd al-Jaabiree, Shaykh Muhammad ibn Hadi al-Madkhalee, Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Abdul Wahhaab al-Wasaabee (May Allaah preserve them all) and many others.
Allaah says in His Book,
“Say: Are they equal, those who have knowledge and those who do not? But only the men of understanding will take admonition.” [Soorah Zumar 39:9]
“Allaah will raise up in degrees those of you who believe and those who have been granted knowledge.” [Soorah al-Mujaadalah 58:11].
“It is only those who possess knowledge amongst His slaves that fear Allaah“
[Soorah Faatir 35:28].
The Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) asserted,
“The superiority of the scholar over the worshiper is like that of the moon over the rest of the stars.” [Abu Dawood and Tirmidhee]
Thus, those who have also been described as the ‘inheritors of the prophets’ by our Noble Messenger(sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) hold an honourable and lofty station in the deen of Islaam. They are those who clarify the affairs of the religion to us and teach us that which will aid us in this life and the next. Therefore, it is incumbent upon us to recognize this high rank of theirs and give them their due right and not fall short in this matter.
Imaam Ahmad (rahimahullaah) beautifully described the reality of the scholars in the following,
“All Praise is for Allaah Who, in every age and interval between the Prophets, raises up a group from the People of Knowledge who call the misguided to guidance and patiently bear ill-treatment and harm. With the Book of Allaah they give life to the dead, and by Allaah’s light they give sight to the blind. How many a person killed by iblees have they revived. How many people astray and wandering have they guided. How beautiful their effect has been upon the people, and how vile people have been towards them. They repel from the Book of Allaah the alterations of those going beyond bounds, the false claims of the liars and the false interpretations of the ignorant ones-those who uphold the banner of innovation and let loose the trials and discords.” [Ar-Radd ‘alal-Jahmiyyah waz-Zanaadiqah of Imaam Ahmad ibn Hanbal]
Our Shaykh ‘Abdur Rahmaan al-Adani (hafidhahullaah) will admonish us regarding this affair and by the Permission of Allaah cause us to truly understand and respect the honourable status of our scholars.
We ask Allaah to grant us beneficial knowledge and to place in our hearts sincere love for the ‘ulamaa` ofAhlus-Sunnah.