Know the Scholars of Islam

Islam calls us to seek knowledge. The Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) made seeking knowledge an obligation upon every Muslim, and he explained that the superiority of the one who has knowledge over the one who merely worships is like the superiority of the moon over every other heavenly body. He said that the scholars are the heirs of the Prophets and that the Prophets did not leave behind dinars and dirhams (i.e., money), rather their inheritance was knowledge, so whoever acquires it has gained a great share. And he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said that seeking knowledge is a way to Paradise. He (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever follows a path in the pursuit of knowledge, Allaah will make a path to Paradise easy for him.” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, Kitaab al-‘Ilm, 10)

The scholars occupy a noble status in Islam, and which is higher than the position of others in this world and in the Hereafter. Allah says: “Allah will exalt in degree those of you who believe, and those who have been granted knowledge” (al-Mujaadilah 58:11). Because of the importance of knowledge, Allaah commanded His Messenger to seek more of it. Allah says: “and say: ‘My Lord! Increase me in knowledge’” (Ta-Ha 20:114). Allah praises the scholars, as He says: “Say: ‘Are those who know equal to those who know not?’ It is only men of understanding who will remember (i.e. get a lesson from Allah’s Signs and Verses).” (al-Zumar 39:9)