Shaikh Saaleh Al-Fawzaan (may Allaah preserve him) stated:
The khawaarij were not misguided and misguiding others with their intellects and fear of Allaah, except that they disassociated themselves from the scholars and depended on their own understanding and that of those similar to them. They took instructions from one another, and thus they caused harm to themselves and to the ummah. This is the result of disassociating from the scholars.
So do not forsake the scholars, rather it is obligated on you to receive them with acceptance. Take from them and submit your questions to them as long as they are alive amongst you. Neither depend on your understanding nor that of the ignorant ones and the fake scholars–those who have not studied under the people of knowledge; rather they are either self-taught or taught by those similar to them. The path of these ones and that of those who take from them is error, because they approached knowledge through other than its correct course.
Many of the youth have forsaken the scholars and do not take from them. The great trial and tribulation that came about from this has been seen, when someone appeared making claims of jihaad and that of knowledge, so there came about ruin, terror and killing in the land. This is the result of keeping away from the scholars. That is because those ones kept away from the scholars and went to those like them from amongst the callers to misguidance and the people of deviated views. So they brainwashed and informed them of these views. This is the result of disassociating from the scholars, the society, the Jamaa-ah of the Muslims and their leader.
Be warned against the callers to misguidance–those who prey on the youth and cut them off from their families and society, and inform them of confused views, and thus you find a young man disassociating himself from the state and his family. Then he distances himself from the mosques, the Friday and the five daily prayers. Then his whereabouts become unknown, until the reporters make an announcement about him being arrested or killed. This is the result of heedlessness and the actions of those youth who do not accept advice.
[Source: Tawjeehaat Muhimmah Li-Shabaabil Ummah: By Shaikh Saaleh Al-Fawzaan]