In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.
Imaam Abdul Azeez Bin Baaz [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said:
As for the atheistic communist (intellectual or ideological war), it spread in the lands of Islam like wildfire. And due to weak faith and lack of purpose in the majority of people, ignorance, lack of proper and sound education, the communist parties in Russia, China and elsewhere were able to seize every hater and agitator amongst those of weak faith or those without faith and established them as pillars in their countries to spread Ilhaad (a) and the filthy communist ideology- prepare and arouse them through the highest positions and ranks. So, when they came under its control and its order made incumbent upon them, some chastised others and shed the blood of the one in opposition or the one who abstains from affiliation, until droves amongst the people waged war against their nations and families, become a torment for their brothers and the children of their people, so they tear the Islamic nation to pieces and made them soldiers for Satan. (1)
Agenda of The Colonialists and Socialists
Allaah [The Blessed and Exalted] said:
يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوٓاْ أَطِيعُواْ ٱللَّهَ وَأَطِيعُواْ ٱلرَّسُولَ وَأُوْلِى ٱلۡأَمۡرِ مِنكُمۡۖ
O you who believe! Obey Allah and obey the Messenger (Muhammad, and those of you (Muslims) who are in authority. [Surah An-Nisaa’ Aayah 59]
Al-Allaamah Rabee Bin Haadee Al-Madkhalee [may Allaah protect him] said, “The pious predecessors explained the term [Ulul Ilm – those who have been given knowledge] to mean those who are in authority, and some of them explained it to mean [Al-Ulamaa – the scholars]; but what is correct is that the Aayah includes both the scholars and those in authority- scholars propagate Allaah’s Sharee’ah, teach the people, give rulings and the rulers implement the rulings. So, the Aayah includes both the scholars and rulers. Due to this, Ibnul Qayyim said that it is obligatory to obey the scholars when they say, “Allaah said and Allaah’s Messenger said” regarding matters related to creed, acts of worship or deeds. (Also) in matters related to halaal and haram, if they say, “Allaah said and the Messenger of Allaah said” and then they give verdicts and judge based on what the Book and Sunnah necessitates, it becomes obligated on the people to obey them. If the rulers command (the people) to obey Allaah -in accordance with what agrees with Allaah’s Sharee’ah, then it becomes obligated on the people to obey them.
Many people do not acknowledge the status of the people of knowledge, and they say, “They (i.e. scholars) are not guardians over us and there are no popes in Islam”. This (statement) is tantamount to toppling scholars, belittling and removing them from their status (i.e. although neither are the scholars regarded as popes nor are they to be treated as popes, but they have been given status as inheritors of the knowledge left behind by the Prophets). This chronic illness appeared since the appearance of nationalism, western colonialism, the destructive views of the Naasiriyyah [Pan Arab Socialists] and Ba’thiyyah [Ba’ath party – socialists] etc. The figureheads of these filthy dogmas made strenuous efforts to eliminate Islam and remove it from their path, which could not be accomplished except by toppling the scholars. Then, this disease spread amongst the (deviated) groups that attribute themselves to Islam. (2) (b)
a: What is il’haad? It is to deviate from upright conduct.
Complete il’haad is to turn away from Islam completely, which exits a person from the fold of Islaam, such as the il’haad of the communists, the idol worshippers and those similar to them.
And Minor il’haad does not exit a person from the Religion of Islaam, such as when Allaah (The Most High) said:
[وَمَن يُرِدْ فِيهِ بِإِلْحَادٍ بِظُلْمٍ نُذِقْهُ مِنْ عَذَابٍ أَلِيمٍ – And whoever inclines to evil actions therein or to do wrong, him We shall cause to taste a painful torment] [22:25] [For further details, see links:
b: Listen Here: The Scholars and Inheritors of The Prophets – By Shaikh Abdulilah [may Allaah preserve him]:https://learnaboutislam.co.uk/2014/02/the-ulamah-scholars-the-inheritors-of-the-prophets-abdulilah-lahmami/
[Ref 2: Marhaban Yaa Taalibal Ilm’ pages 58-60. slightly paraphrased]