Part 12G: Violating Rights of The Upright Scholars is One of The Causes of Humiliation and Disgrace Upon a People
In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy
Shaikh Muhammad Baazmool [may Allaah preserve him] said:
Among the harms of violating the rights of the [upright] scholars is that it brings about humiliation and disgrace upon the Ummah. The clarification of this affair is found in a hadeeth reported by Ibn Umar[radiyallaahu-anhumaa], who said that he heard the Messenger of Allaah [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] saying, ‘’If you deal in interest, and hold on to the tails of cows and are content with agriculture, and abandon Jihaad [ref 1], Allah will place upon you a humiliation, and will not lift it until you return to your religion. [ref 2]
There is no path towards a return to the [upright] religion except through the [upright] scholars; so, if the rights of the [upright] scholars are violated, the people will not recognise them. They will keep away from the [upright scholars] and take ignorant ones as leaders, then how can they be returned to the [upright] religion. If the upright scholars are dropped [or removed from their rightful status] and the people take ignorant ones as their leaders, then who will return the people to their [upright] religion?! How will they be removed from that state of humiliation and disgrace without the [presence and guidance] of the [upright] scholars?!
Source: [في قلب الحدث مقالات متنوعة – pages 52–53 Abridged and slightly paraphrased]
Ref 2: Abu Dawud Number 3462 & declared authentic by Sh Albaani [rahimahullaah] in As-Saheehah no. 11