In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy
Shaikh Rabee Bin Haadi [may Allaah preserve him] said:
These [Ahzaab -deviated parties and groups (Ref 1)] do not desire except leadership, so they overlook the Shirkiyyaat [beliefs, views and practices that are tantamount to shirk], Bidah and Dalaalaat [beliefs, views and practices that are tantamount to misguidance]. And they raise flashy slogans that beguile the intellects of many youth and thus they begin to regard the scholars as betrayers, stooges and spies -descriptions which even the leaders of misguidance of old were unable to utter.
So, O youth! Be warned about these people who behave as if they have an earnest concern for Islaam, however they are the first to behave negligently towards the [sound] Islamic fundamentals and principles without which Islaam cannot be established [as it should be established] – such as the sound belief related to the Names and Attributes of Allaah, [sound] belief related to singling out Allaah in worship, the three categories of Tawheed, resurrection, paradise, hell fire, punishment in the grave and other affairs of creed. [Ref 2]
Imaam Ibnul Qayyim said: ‘’To honour the [upright] scholars, having love for them and obeying them in that which is related to obedience to Allaah, is something beloved to Allaah, legislated and obligated by Allaah.’’
Then Shaikh Rabee said: I say, ‘’It is obligated on the Ummah to acknowledge the status of the [upright] scholars and to know that it is obligated to love and obey them; and hating them is tantamount to hating the religion of Allaah. Hating the carriers of this religion -the [upright] scholars – will lead to having hatred for true knowledge that has been inherited from the prophets. Woe to the one who hates them and their [sound] creed!
Source: Marhaban Yaa Taalibal Ilm’ page 60-61. Abridged and slightly paraphrased
[Refs 1 & 2 The Deviated Groups and Parties – A Brief acquaintance