Saturday, May 2, 2015

Should we follow the Scholars ?

Should we follow the Scholars ?

(Date written : 03 May 2015)
(Last updated : 05 May 2015)

1) A scholar is defined as a specialist in a particular branch of study or a person who is highly educated and  has an aptitude for study.

2) What is the difference between Scholars and Ulama` ?

Ulama` is an Arabic word for The One who Possesses Knowledge.

In general, the Scholars and Ulama` is almost the same, but in specific, those 2 has distinct difference. The Ulama` is a person who posseses Knowledge, any knowledge, which is not particular to any subject or branch of study. An Ulama` is a person who has vast knowledge and deep knowledge in as much area of subject matters - be it the study of Scriptures, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Mathematics and so on and so on.

3) Why the understanding is very Important ?

Because, generally the Muslim all over the world has been influenced and make believed that the Scholars or Ulama` according to their Belief System, must be FOLLOWED and that their Status should be Respected and they must be revered so that our life can be led in straight path.

4) The problem NOW and also in the Previous History, the so called Ulama` have becomed grouped into many sections and to the so called Non Ulama`, to choose from which Sect is a problem! Real problem. This is because, even though, in this era, even we have a single Al-Quran to follow, there are literally hundreds of Sects currently existed throughout different geograhical areas of the world and it is VERY DIFFICULT to make choice of who to FOLLOW.

5) Now, we go back to the original question. Should we follow the Ulama` ? (the question is changed to give more meaning)

Is there any INSTRUCTIONS from the Quran or from the Hadith saying that we SHOULD follow and Obey the Ulama` ?

The answer is NONE.

If we gather all the words from Quran and from the Hadith, all demanded the Muslim to STUDY, LEARN, READ and Understand and Seek for Knowldege as much as they can up to the time of death and to study and learn as far away from our homeland as we can.

Al-Israa : 36

وَلَا تَقْفُ مَا لَيْسَ لَكَ بِهِۦ عِلْمٌ ۚ إِنَّ السَّمْعَ وَالْبَصَرَ وَالْفُؤَادَ كُلُّ أُولٰٓئِكَ كَانَ عَنْهُ مَسْـُٔولًا

● And DO NOT PURSUE that of which you have NO KNOWLEDGE. Indeed, the hearing, the sight and the heart - about all those [one] will be questioned. ●

Aal-i-Imraan : 66

هٰٓأَنتُمْ هٰٓؤُلَآءِ حٰجَجْتُمْ فِيمَا لَكُم بِهِۦ عِلْمٌ فَلِمَ تُحَآجُّونَ فِيمَا لَيْسَ لَكُم بِهِۦ عِلْمٌ ۚ وَاللَّهُ يَعْلَمُ وَأَنتُمْ لَا تَعْلَمُونَ

● Here you are - those who have argued about that of which you have [some] knowledge, but why do you ARGUE about that of which you have NO KNOWLEDGE ? And Allah knows, while you know not. ●

We are INSTRUCTED not to PURSUE or FOLLOW or Do Anything if we dont have KNOWLEDGE about it.

We are ORDERED not to ARGUE about something, if we dont have KNOWLEDGE about it.

6) The conclusion is - WE all have to be ULAMA` and WE should NOT OBEY anybody else, except Allah, Rasul and Ulil Amri. And, we should FOLLOW what has been Revealed to us.


Allah Al-'Alim


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