Part 12B: Rights of The Scholars: [How is Death of Scholars Connected to Disappearance of Knowledge, When it is The Case That The Qur’aan And Sunnah Are Present]? – By Shaikh Mhammad Baazmool
In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy
Shaikh Muhammad Baazmool [may Allaah preserve him] said:
An [upright] scholar-amongst the people- is a righteous example to follow. People see the practical implementation of the religion from him, and being a [righteous] example is one of the greatest means through which people are nurtured and taught. The Sunnah is an [uptight] scholar’s distinguishing characteristic, so when a scholar dies, the image of the religion – which he carried amongst the people – departs, and this [i.e. practical example and manifestation of the Sunnah] cannot be accomplished merely through books.
Source: [في قلب الحدث مقالات متنوعة – pages 48. Abridged and slightly paraphrased