My Introduction to “Who are the scholars of Islam?”

Assalamolaikum brothers and sisters in islam,

i just wanted to attempt to answer this very important question that is asked by many muslims today. Every time a situation comes up where there is differing among the muslims, the quran tells us to take it back to the Quran and Sunnah, Allah, the mighty and majestic says

 “O you who believe! Obey Allâh and obey the Messenger (Muhammad SAW), and those of you (Muslims) who are in authority. (And) if you differ in anything amongst yourselves, refer it to Allâh and His Messenger (SAW), if you believe in Allâh and in the Last Day. That is better and more suitable for final determination. (An-Nisa 4:59)

So from this ayah it is clear that if we dispute in anything we must take it back to the Quran and the authentic Sunnah. Now it is clear that lamens like us dont possess enough knowledge to do this on our own, so we must ask the people of knowledge if we dont know, because verily even the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was told to ask the people of knowledge if he wanted to know something. As Allah says in the Quran,

And We sent not before you (O Muhammad SAW) but men to whom We inspired, so ask the people of the Reminder [Scriptures – the Taurât (Torah), the Injeel (Gospel)] if you do not know. (Al-Anbiya 21:7)

Ok, so we know we take it back to the Quran and Sunnah and because we are lamens we must take it back to the Scholars and this is where the problem occurs. With so many sects and so much differing in the ummah it is tough for the people to take it back to scholars that both agree, are upon guidance. This is what inshallah i will try to help with in this series of posts. Dont worry, it is not going to be my words or explanation because we just established that i am a comman lamen and this is not my position to do so.

In conclusion, we must know who the TRUE people of knowledge are because Allah commands us to seek help and assisntance from them regarding our deen, which is the most important part of our existence. The series of posts will cover “Introduction”, “Definition of Knowledge”, “Knowledge of the Deen (Religion)”, “The Virtue of Knowledge”,  “Levels of the People of Knowledge” , “Characteristics of the Scholars” , “Characteristics of the Mufti (person eligible to give islamic verdicts (fatawa))”, and finally “Those who we should take knowledge from”.

I pray that Allah makes these posts a path for getting closer to HIM for me first and also for everyone that seeks only HIS acceptance.

ameen

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