Part 6: Rights of The Scholars- By Shaikh Muhammad Baazmool [may Allaah preserve him]
In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy
Shaikh Muhammad Baazmool [may Allaah preserve him] said:
Among the rights of the scholars is that one does not seek to diminish their status by saying that they do not possess knowledge of a worldly craft. So, it should not be said about a scholar [i.e. whilst seeking to diminish his status], “He does not possess knowledge of medicine or engineering.’’ And likewise, some people seek to discredit the scholars by saying that they are lacking in their knowledge of current affairs, even though the Miskeen – [i.e. this one who seek to discredit the scholars through this false claim is one greatly lacking in understanding, wisdom, insight, experience]- does know which ‘Knowledge of current affairs’ is to be given consideration [or importance]! He does not know that there is- in the Islamic legislation- that which suffices the one who wants true knowledge and comprehension. Therefore, it is obligated on a Muslim to restrain his tongue from [uttering] that which is impermissible [or unbefitting], and he should not speak except based on clear-sightedness. One requires knowledge to say that such and such person does not possess understanding of the ‘knowledge of current affairs’. Therefore, none should say this except one who possesses knowledge to enable him to make a judgement that such and such person does not possess knowledge of current affairs. As for saying so haphazardly [or randomly] and making a judgement based on one’s view without proof, then that is great evil and it is not permissible. It requires proof to say that a (particular) Saahib Al-Fatwaa – i.e. a scholar who is qualified to give Fatwaa – does not understand knowledge of current affairs, and none is able to do so except the scholars.
[Source: [في قلب الحدث مقالات متنوعة – page 40. Abridged and slightly paraphrased]