Part 12F: Violating Rights of The Upright Scholars Will Make Their Characteristics Unclear to The Common People and Thus They Will Agree with Ahlul Bidah and Imitate Them- By Shaikh Muhammad Baazmool
In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy
Shaikh Muhammad Baazmool [may Allaah preserve him] said:
The absence of an [upright] knowledge based authority will create a void in the souls [or hearts] of the people, which cannot be prevented unless they find someone to fill this void. The people will then take ignorant ones as their leaders and thus the following harm will occur:
Taking ignorant ones as leaders occurs as result of the absence of an [upright] authority to consult. A person needs someone to ask and consult, but if he cannot find [upright] scholars because their characteristics are unclear to him and he does not consider them to be scholars, he will look for someone else who portrays himself as a scholar and consult him.
[Also] when the rights of the [upright] scholars are violated, the people will agree with ahlul bidah wal ahawaa [the people of religious innovation and evil desires] and imitate them, because among the ways of ahlul bidah wal ahwaa is that they belittle the [upright] scholars. Examine any sect or group – those who contradict that which was revealed to the Messenger [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] and the path that was followed by the Sahaabah- and you’ll see this behaviour from them [i.e. they belittle the upright scholars]. The affair of the Shee’ah is well-known; the state of the affairs of the khawaarij in relation to this behaviour [i.e. belittling upright scholars] is something that has been mentioned [and is well remembered], and the affair of the Mutazilah [in relation to this affair] is well-known. As for the Soofiyyah, their turning away from the [upright] scholars is evident. You will not find a sect, group or party that opposes the straight path and exits the path of the Sahaabah, except that they speak against the [upright] scholars, seek to diminish their worth, violate their rights and follow ignorant leaders.
Imaam Ash-Shaatibee [rahimahullaah] said that one of the proponents of bidah amongst the people of bidah used to seek to give philosophical rhetoric virtue over Fiqh, so he used to say, ‘’The entirety of Ash-Shaafi’ee’s and Abu Haneefah’s knowledge does not go beyond the menstrual towels of the women – meaning: The rulings on menstruation and post-natal bleeding.’’ This is the statement of these deviated ones [i.e. this person and his ilk]. May Allaah destroy them. [ref 1]
Source: [في قلب الحدث مقالات متنوعة – pages 50-51 Abridged and slightly paraphrased]
[Ref 1]: Al-I’tisaam 2/239