In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Ever Merciful…
Know that the people of knowledge shall indeed be forsaken by some! It is a reality that has been foretold in the hadeeth of Mu’aawiyah (may Allaah be pleased with him), as found in the two Saheeh Compilations of al-Bukhaaree and Muslim:
لَا تَزَالُ طَائِفَةٌ مِنْ أُمَّتِي قَائِمَةً بِأَمْرِ اللهِ، لَا يَضُرُّهُمْ مَنْ خَذَلَهُمْ أَوْ خَالَفَهُمْ، حَتَّى يَأْتِيَ أَمْرُ اللهِ وَهُمْ ظَاهِرُونَ عَلَى النَّاسِ
“A group of my Ummah shall continue to uphold the Order of Allaah. Those who forsake or oppose them do not harm them, until the Affair of Allaah arrives, whilst they are (still) uppermost among the people.”
These people are known as the scholars of Islam, as al-Imaam al-Bukhaaree (may Allaah have Mercy on him) said in his chapter title: “They are the people of knowledge.”
The statement, “…Those who forsake or oppose them do not harm them…” indicates that there will indeed be people who speak ill of the scholars and try to divert the people from them. This is from the pre-determined Qadr of Allaah, as part of the struggle between truth and falsehood that He, the All Mighty and All Wise, has decreed to be one of the many tests His Servants shall face.
The scholars of Islam actively work to provide solutions to the Ummah’s problems in every place. Allaah blesses their time and efforts, the effects of which can be found everywhere upon Earth, by His Permission. They are the best of Allaah’s Servants, His true allies, those He has paired His Divine Testimony with:
شَهِدَ اللَّهُ أَنَّهُ لا إِلهَ إِلاَّ هُوَ وَالْمَلائِكَةُ وَأُولُوا الْعِلْمِ
“Allaah testifies that there are none worthy of worship except Him, and the Angels [also testify], and the the people of knowledge [also testify as well].” [Quran 3:18]
With this, they are still opposed and forsaken day and night by the very people who are in dire need of them. They are slandered. They are unjustly vilified. They are described by the ignorant and deviant as unconcerned and disconnected from the Ummah. Yet, “Those who forsake or oppose them DO NOT harm them.”
A Point for Serious Reflection
True “hadith disciples” are those who uphold this hadeeth, its wording and its meanings. They are those who work to expose and warn against those who undermine the work of the scholars and attempt to disconnect the people from them.
On the other hand, fraudulent self-proclaimed “hadith disciples” can be found demonstrating the exact behavior warned against in this hadeeth, forsaking and opposing the scholars, with terrible and unjust words, which could only come from levels and layers of deep contempt for the people of knowledge. [a recent example]
Once They Replace our Scholars…
Again, that same disturbing question poses itself once again: If they are pinching us off away from the scholars of Islam, where are they taking us…?
Follow up reading: Once They Replace our Scholars…