In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.
Shaikh Abdullah Al-Bukhaari [may Allaah preserve him] stated: It is obligatory to attach the Ummah to the Rabbaani Scholars- those who are well known for their goodness, steadfastness, leadership and sound advice to the Ummah, and they are those who teach the smaller affairs of knowledge before the greater affairs. Therefore, their status must be made known amongst the people because the scholars are the inheritors of the Prophets, as reported in the narration from the Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) by Abu Daawud Number 3642 and others…. Imaam Ibnul Qayyim [rahimahullaah] stated in explanation this hadith: This is from the greatest virtues of the people of knowledge, and because the Prophets are the best of the creation, so their inheritors are the best after them. And when it is the case that everyone who is inherited from passes on inheritance to his inheritor, then the inheritors are those who take the place of those they inherit from. And none will take the place of the Messengers in propagating what they have been sent with, except the Scholars. They are the most worthy of their inheritance. [Source:An Excerprt from المقالات الشرعيّة page 15. slightly paraphrased]
May Allaah bless our elder teachers at Salafipublications and their brothers in the various Maraakiz – those who have constantly – for nearly 30 years – made known the virtue of the scholars, strictly advising us to return to the scholars, especially in times of Fitan, transmitting their books and defending their honour.
Evidence: During Recent Fitna of Muhammad Bin Haadi, Our Elders Returned to The Senior Scholars: Reminder: Shaykh Rabiʿ’s request for Shaykh Muḥammad bin Hādī to justify his tabdīʿ of Salafī students and shaykhs and to explicitly name the major scholars he accused of being “affected” and “destroyed” by the “Ṣaʿāfiqah” – one month, no answer: https://twitter.com/abuiyaadsp/status/1018974451269033986?lang=en-GB