Part 11: Rights of The Scholars: [When Rights of The Scholars Are Violated, People Will Keep Away from Their Knowledge and Thus Knowledge Becomes Concealed]- By Shaikh Muhammad Baazmool
In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy
Shaikh Muhammad Baazmool [may Allaah preserve him] said:
If it is the case that knowledge vanishes when the scholars pass away; and if it is the case that violating the rights of a scholar will stop [others to benefit from] his knowledge, then indeed violating the rights of a scholar is like the disappearance of his knowledge when he passes away. It [i.e. violating the rights of the scholars] is in fact a reason behind the disappearance of the rulings derived from knowledge. Abdullaah Bin Amr ibn Al-Aas said: I heard the Messenger of Allaah [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam] saying, ‘’Allaah does not take away the knowledge by taking it away from (the hearts of) the people, but takes it away by the death of the religious learned men till when none of the scholars remains, people will take as their leaders ignorant persons who when consulted will give their verdict without knowledge. So, they will go astray and will lead the people astray.’’ [Al- Bukhaari. Number 100]
Imaam Al-Bukhaari placed a chapter in his Saheeh, in kitaab Al-Ilm: Chapter: How will knowledge be taken away? And Umar bin Abdul Azeez wrote to Abu Bakr Bin Hazm, [saying]: “Look for the Hadeeth of the Messenger of Allaah [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam] and get it written, for indeed I am afraid that religious knowledge will vanish and the scholars will pass away. Do not accept anything except the hadeeth of the Prophet [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam]. Spread knowledge and teach until the one who does not know comes to know; for indeed knowledge does not vanish except when it becomes concealed.’’ [Al-Bukhaari. Chapter 34]
The statement of Umar bin Abdul Azeez: “For indeed knowledge does not vanish except when it becomes concealed” -Meaning: Hidden. knowledge will become something concealed. This [concealment of knowledge] will inevitably occur when the rights of the scholars are violated, because if the rights of a scholar are violated, the people will keep away from his knowledge and thus it becomes hidden. Knowledge is no longer known except as something hidden [to some people] due to the [majority of the people] being overwhelmed by ignorance. Therefore, the people must know the scholar and the scholar must teach the people, and the people must benefit from his knowledge. [And knowledge must be spread so that the one who does not know comes to know, for indeed knowledge does not vanish until it becomes concealed].
Source: [في قلب الحدث مقالات متنوعة – pages 47-48. Abridged and slightly paraphrased]