|Bismillaah Al-Hamdulillaah wa salatu wa salaamu 'ala rasulullaah |
The Scholars of Ahl-us-Sunnah, by Shaikh Rabee' Ibn Haadee Al-Madkhalee
|Allaah, the Most High, praises the scholars. He mentions them as witnesses unto Him (after) the witness of the angels. But who are these scholars? [They are] those who act, those who strive, those who single out Allaah, those who are sincere. They are the people of Tawheed. Not the people of innovation and misguidance. |
Allaah testified that none has the right to be worshipped except Himself, and the angels testify to that as well as the scholars, upright upon justice. [Soorah aal-Imraan: 18]
This is the station of Tawheed. Allaah used as witnesses the scholars of Tawheed, the scholars of truth. He mentioned their witness in order to raise their status and to show their level, that He may show their justice. The true witnesses - correct and acceptable - will not come about except from those who are just... This is why Allaah has honoured the scholars by making them witnesses unto Him along with the witnesses of the close and highest angels, those who do not disobey Allaah in that which He has ordered them with, doing everything they have been ordered to do. This is sufficient from Allaah as an honour to the scholars, the ones who act (upon their knowledge), the sincere ones. He uses their witness unto His Tawheed and the servitude of the religion unto Him for He is the God in truth, [and] none has the right to be worshipped except Him...
It is upon us to strive to reach this beneficial knowledge of the Book and the Sunnah, which is the inheritance of the Prophets. This Book is a witness to that. This Book is great. We must gain knowledge of it and all that will help its understanding from the different kinds of sciences of the language and the Sunnah and its science. It is not possible to reach this level except by striving to bring about reasons to attain it.
In the Sunnah, there are great ahadeeth which show the superiority of knowledge and its scholars. I will mention some of it in accordance with how much time we have left.
The Messenger (salallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) said - as has been reported by Bukhaaree and Muslim on the authority of Mu'aawiyyah Ibn Abu Sufyaan - Whomsoever Allaah wants to show goodness to, He gives him the understanding of the Religion.
So from the signs of goodness and that Allaah has wished good for a person is that he [that person] has understanding of the Religion, meaning, of the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of the Messenger (salallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam). He knows the correct belief; he believes in it and holds as true all that has been told of past and future events. He sticks to Allaah's commandments and he refrains from that which has been forbidden. He studies the Sunnah so that he may understand it correctly. He heeds Allaah's warnings and adorns himself with the mannerisms (of the Prophet, salallaahu 'alaihi wa salam)...
Source: Taken from Advice to the students of knowledge, by Shaikh Rabee Ibn Haadee Al-Madkhalee, via [url=http://www.markazmuaadh.com/main_page.asp?catid=1&subcatid=30]The website of Markaz Mu'aadh bin Jabal [/url]
Subhanak Allaahuma wa bihamdika ash-hadu anlaa illaaha illa anta astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayk
If I said anything correct, then it is from Allaah (subhanahu wa taa'ala), and if I erred, then that is from me and shaytan.