In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy
Imaam Shaafi-ee (rahimahullaah) said:
”The person with the highest status (amongst the people) is the one who does not see his status, and the person with the most virtue is the one who does not see his virtue.” [Siyar 10/99]
Yusuf bin Isbaat (rahimahullaah) was asked: What is the height of humility? He said: ”You do not meet anyone except that you consider him more virtuous than yourself.” [Siyar. 9/170]
Imaam Ibnul Qayyim (rahimahullaah) said:
And from the signs of wellbeing and success is that whenever the slave is increased in his knowledge, he increases in humility and mercy; and whenever he is increased in action, he increases in his fear and caution; and whenever his age is increased, he decreases in eagerness; and whenever he is increased in wealth, he increases in his generosity and spending; and whenever his status and honour is increased, he increases in coming close to the people, in fulfilling their needs and being humble in (their presence).
And the signs of wretchedness are: Whenever he is increased in knowledge, he increases in pride and haughtiness; and whenever he is increased in actions, he increases in his boasting, mockery of the people and having a good opinion of himself; and whenever he is increased in his status and honour, he increases in pride and haughtiness. These affairs of (wellbeing and wretchedness) are a trial and a test from Allaah, by which He puts His slaves to trial. He brings about wellbeing and wretchedness to a people by way of these affairs. [Al-Fawaa-id. Page:228]
Imaam Muhammad Ibn Saaleh Al-Uthaymeen (rahimahullaah) said:
It is possible for a person to come, holding the certification of a doctorate (PhD), and take up the position of teaching in the faculties and universities, yet he is the most ignorant of people. And if a secondary grade student came, he would be better than him (in understanding and knowledge). And this is witnessed, observed (nowadays), there is to be found now one who holds the certification of a doctorate yet he knows absolutely nothing of knowledge. [Translated by Ustaadh Abu Khadeejah. Sharh Riyaadus Saaliheen 3/436]
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Therefore, let it be absolutely clear to every arrogant graduate and boaster; we neither welcome nor give any consideration to any arrogant boaster regardless of his qualifications. Likewise, we do not entertain anyone who speaks ill or belittles the well-known students of knowledge in the various Maraakiz of Salafiyyah (the well-known students of knowledge who transmit the works of the scholars in English Language in the West)–those who have maintained firmness throughout the Fitan and have no affiliation to the people of hizbiyyah, bidah and Tamyee; such as the likes of Abu Hakeem, Abu Khadeejah, Hasan Somaali, Amjad Rafiq, Abu Idrees, Abdul Ilaah, Uwais Taweel, Abu Umar Faarooq, Taqweem Aslam and others in Canada, America etc (may Allaah protect us and them from trials and tribulations). We give them a helping hand upon Bir and Taqwaa and we do not listen to the complaints of the arrogant inexperienced newcomers and those drowned in despondency. Therefore, safeguard yourselves from being self-opinionated, arrogant and boastful; rather be sincere and humble.