Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Respecting and honoring the scholars

'Abadah ibn As-samit narrated, RasulAllah salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam said, "He who does not respect our elders, and is not merciful with our children, and does not honor our scholars is not one of my Ummah."
(Ahmad; at-Tabaraani; al-Haakim)

SubhanAllah...especially the last line of the hadeeth...

Very often, people like to point out the flaws and weaknesses of the scholars rather than take good lessons from them. Allah SWT and Rasoolullah has given such a high status for the one who is learned and scholarly in regards to Our Dheen. And we, the students of knowledge or the laymen try to act as their judges, as though we have achieved more than them, and criticise them. SubhanAllah, this is such a grave mistake. We should always respect and honor our scholars. (This goes for anyone who is learning the Dheen, and giving Da'wah, we should never look down upon them.) They are the ones who are actually obeying the teaching of Prophet Sallallahu alihiwassalam of passing on and spreading of knowledge. In his Khutbah- last sermon during his Hajj, he said, "Listen to what I am saying very carefully, and take these words to those who could not be present here today". Allah SWT will preserve the Sunnah of Prophet Sallallahu alihiwassalam, and it is through our scholars that the religion is preserved.

1 comment:

  1. So true sister. Even if the person trying to spread knowledge is not a scholar, we should not criticize the person who is trying to spread the knowledge of Islam.We should always try to appreciate the hard work the person has done and motivate the person. True the person would not have knowledge as compared to a scholar, but it does not mean the person has no knowledge at all. Now a days, people when they read/hear something, first point out the faults and wont even appreciate the person who has taken all the efforts in presenting it.

    May Allah make us among those who do not find faults in Scholars and all those People who take the efforts in spreading the knowledge of Islam. Ameen