Slandering Scholars

Assalamualaikum,

Hope you are in the best of health and imaan.

It has been a long time since a post was uploaded to this page but this page will be active during Ramadan with at least two posts a week. Exam season for me is finally over Alhamdulillah and I hope and pray that the Almighty grants us all success in deen, dunya and akhirah, Ameen (go on say Ameen!) I do believe that education to benefit us in this world is also somewhat important so you have to work hard to succeed in your education and work. Don’t get me wrong here – I believe that working for the hereafter is more important and if you can combine both in one then even better. I could go on but that is not the topic for today.

Without too much waffling and going into a hundred topics, let us get to the point of this post!

 

Bismillah hir Rahman nir Raheem,

Starting anything in the name of Allah always gives us blessings in what we do and makes our tasks rewarding (as long as that act has nothing haraam included in it).

 

Anyway, today’s topic is regarding slandering or accusing scholars.

I will begin by explaining why I have chosen this topic.

 

“Allah will exalt in degree those of you who believe, and those who have been granted knowledge.” [Surat Al Mujadalah: 11]

“Say: Are those who know equal to those who know not?” [Surat Az-Zumar: 9].

The two above Ayahs indicate the status of a scholar and also defines the definition of a scholar – one who has been given knowledge.

 

The Prophet (ﷺ) has said: “He is not one of us, he who does not respect old people, show mercy to young people, and know the right of scholars.”

[Reported by Imam Ahmad and Al Hakim in Sahih Al Jami` As-Saghir, 5443].

 

The Prophet (ﷺ) has also said: “Oh you who have spoken the words of faith but faith has not entered your hearts! Do not backbite about the Muslims or seek out their faults, for whoever seeks out their faults, Allaah will seek out his faults even if he is his house.”

[Narrated by Abu Dawood, no. 4880; classed as saheeh (authentic) by al-Albaani.]

 

A scholar is a person whom Allah has blessed with knowledge of Islam. They are a teacher, a leader a person guiding people to Islam. his behaviour and knowledge should reflect in his character and behaviour. How many scholars have you come across that are ill-mannered, slander others, speak badly about them? They don’t! They may criticise and condone some of their acts and beliefs but do not defame a scholar. I highly emphasise on they criticise an act/belief but not the scholar. There is a huge difference between the two!

A lot of reference is made to how we should be treating people and how we should be kind to them (but again that is not what this post is about so I am not going to expand on this). So we should already know from these that slandering, accusing and insulting any Muslim is wrong and is sinful. In the first Ahadith, without even mentioning the status of a person the blessed Prophet (ﷺ) is instructing us to not backbite or seek faults of other Muslims so doesn’t it automatically indicate that we shouldn’t be abusing scholars due to their high status!

Looking at the second Ahadith, what is the first thing we learn? Forget the part for scholars for a second, we are first and foremost instructed to respect older people and show mercy to those who are younger than us – that means we should be kind and treat every person with the due rights regardless of their status, we must fulfil the rights of others first. Then the Ahadith mentions “… and know the right of scholars.” before insulting a scholar (a) Do you know the rights of a scholar? (b) Have you researched his background, his history, have you looked at why he is titled a scholar?

The last point I want to make is we should gain knowledge to please Allah and only to please Allah by gaining a deeper understanding in the deen. The reason I say this is because I see a lot of people who seek knowledge especially when it is about a different sect only to defame that sect/scholar. Surah Fatiha teaches us when we open the Qur’an to read it with a clear heart, hoping to gain guidance by reading it. My point is even if we do read into another sect it should be to benefit from it in someway and open it with a clean and sincere heart, perhaps, it will help us towards the path of guidance and gain a deeper understanding of deen. This is what the Surah we pray a minimum of 17 times a day teaches us!

These are the main points in this post, I could go on and on but you might – probably will fall asleep before the end of this post. I guess, if you haven’t really understood anything in this post, the least you can take out of this post is work on your own behaviour and characteristics before pointing fingers at others. The other thing you could take away is gain knowledge solely for the pleasure of Allah and always pray he keeps us on the straight path.

 

I feel like I waffled a lot and was off topic quite a bit and don’t feel like I really spoke about slandering/accusing/insulting scholars, but hope you still benefit from this post somewhat. If you have any improvements/suggestions please comment them below :).

And Allah knows best. Anything good has come from Allah, anything wrong or bad has come from my own shortcomings, May the All-forgive me for any mistakes I have made in this post, any other post and any wrong I have done in my life, Ameen.

 

I hope and pray that you all took something away from this. May Allah guide us and keep us steadfast on the straight path, may he keep us away from defaming any person, Ameen.

 

p.s. Ramadan post should be out some time this week, I’m so excited and looking forward to posting it, hope you all had a lovely day inshallah even if you had a bad start to the day and I pray you have many more lovely days.

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