الحمد لله رب العالمين، والصلاة والسلام على أشرف الأنبياء والمرسلين، نبينا محمد وعلى آله وصحبه أجمعين أما بعد

The Importance of The People of Knowledge And of Referring Back to Them

Allaah, The Most High, says:

وَإِذَا جَاءَهُمْ أَمْرٌ مِنَ الأَمْنِ أَوِ الْخَوْفِ أَذَاعُوا بِهِ وَلَوْ رَدُّوهُ إِلَى الرَّسُولِ وَإِلَى أُولِي الأَمْرِ مِنْهُمْ لَعَلِمَهُ الَّذِينَ يَسْتَنْبِطُونَهُ مِنْهُمْ وَلَوْلا فَضْلُ اللَّهِ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَتُهُ لاتَّبَعْتُمُ الشَّيْطَانَ إِلا قَلِيلا 

((And when there comes to them a matter of security or fear, they spread it around. If only they had referred it to the Messenger or to those charged with authority among them, then the ones who [can] draw correct conclusions from it would have known about it. And were it not for the favour of Allaah upon you and His mercy, you would have followed Satan, except for a few.)) (An-Nisaa: 83)

He says also:

شَهِدَ اللَّهُ أَنَّهُ لَا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ وَالْمَلَائِكَةُ وَأُولُو الْعِلْمِ قَائِمًا بِالْقِسْطِ ۚ لَا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الْحَكِيمُ

((Allaah bears witness that none has the right to be worshiped but Him, and [so do] the Angels and those of knowledge: He Who maintains justice, none has the right to be worshiped but Him, He is The All-Mighty, the All-Wise.)) (Aal-‘Imraan: 18)

He says likewise:

 فَاسْأَلُوا أَهْلَ الذِّكْرِ إِن كُنتُمْ لَا تَعْلَمُونَ

((So ask the people of remembrance if you do not know.)) (An-Nahl: 43)

On the authority of ‘Abdullaah bin ‘Amr bin Al-‘Aas that the Prophet (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said:

((Indeed Allaah does not take away knowledge by seizing it from the servants, but He takes away knowledge by taking away the scholars – until when there is no scholar remaining the people take the ignorant ones as heads, so they are asked and they give verdicts without knowledge so they go astray and lead others astray))[1]

On the authority of Aboo Dardaa that the Prophet (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said:

((Whoever takes a path by way of which he seeks knowledge, then Allaah will cause him to be upon a path from the paths of Paradise; and indeed the Angels lower their wings out of pleasure for the one who seeks knowledge. And the inhabitants of the heavens and the inhabitants of the earth indeed seek forgiveness for him; and the fish in the depths of the water; and the excellence of the scholar over the worshipper is like the excellence of the moon on a night when it is full over the rest of the stars. And indeed the scholars are the inheritors of the Prophets; and the Prophets do not leave as inheritance any deenaars nor any dirhams; rather they leave knowledge as an inheritance; so whoever takes it takes an abundant portion.))[2]

Imaam Ahmad (rahimahullaah) said:

“They (the scholars) call the one who has gone astray towards guidance; and they are patient from them over the harms. They revive by way of the Book of Allaah, The Most High those that are dead; and they help give sight by way of the light of Allaah to the people of blindness. For how many a slain one by Iblees they have indeed revived; and how many a wandering astray one they have indeed guided.”[3]

 

The People of Knowledge On The Position of The Khawaarij Regarding Knowledge and Its People

When the Khawaarij first appeared as a group it was the companions of the Prophet (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) who confronted their misguided ideology and it was they who recognized the position of the Khawaarij from the people of knowledge as is clear from the statement of Ibn ‘Abbaas (radhiyallaahu ‘anhumaa) who said to them:

“I said to them: I have come to you from the companions of the Prophet (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) – the Muhaajiroon and the Ansaar; and from the son in-law of the Prophet (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) – ‘Ali, and it was upon them that the Qur’aan was revealed; and they are more knowledgeable of its understanding than you – and there are none of them from amongst you…”[4]

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