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لﺎﻗ ﺎﻤُﻬﻨَﻋ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا ﻲﺿر صﺎﻌﻟا ﻦﺑ وﺮﻤﻋ ﻦﺑ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا ِﺪﺒﻋ ْﻦﻋو
ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا َلﻮﺳر ُﺖﻌِﻤﺳ
ْﻢﻟ اذإ ﻰﱠﺘﺣ ِءﺎﻤَﻠُﻌﻟا ِ
ﺾْﺒَﻘِﺑ َﻢْﻠِﻌﻟا ُ
ﺾِﺒْﻘﻳ ْﻦِﻜﻟو ، ِسﺎﱠﻨﻟا َﻦِﻣ ُﻪُﻋِﺰﺘْﻨﻳ ًﺎﻋاَﺰِﺘْﻧا ﻢْﻠِﻌﻟا ﺾِﺒْﻘﻳ ﻻ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا ﱠنإ
ًﺎﻤﻟﺎﻋ ِﻖْﺒُﻳ
اﻮﱡﻠَﺿَأو اﻮﱡﻠَﻀَﻓ ، ٍﻢﻠﻋ ِﺮْﻴَﻐﺑ اْﻮَﺘْﻓﺄﻓ ، اﻮُﻠِﺌﺴَﻓ ًﻻﺎﱠﻬُﺟ ًﺎﺳوؤُر ُسﺎﱠﻨﻟا َﺬَﺨﱠﺗا ،
ﻪﻴﻠﻋ ٌﻖﻔﺘﻣ
`Abdullah bin `Amr bin Al-`As (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: I heard the Messenger of Allah
(PBUH) saying: "
Verily, Allah does not take away knowledge by snatching it from the people, but He takes it away
by taking away (the lives of) the religious scholars till none of the scholars stays alive. Then the people will take
ignorant ones as their leaders, who, when asked to deliver religious verdicts, will issue them without knowledge, the
result being that they will go astray and will lead others astray
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
It is a sign of the nearness of the Day of Judgement that the world will be deprived of genuine
religious scholars, and illiterate people will become leaders who will have neither the knowledge of the Qur'an nor
that of the Hadith. Despite their ignorance of the Qur'an and the Hadith, they will be called Mujtahid (
jurist entitled
to independent reasoning
) and Imam (
) and will mislead people with their legal opinions and self-created
problems. Besides urging us to acquire religious knowledge with a view to producing more scholars in the society,
this Hadith also warns us against the ignorant self-styled `Ulama'. It also warns us against entrusting religious
leadership to them.