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The importance of following the Senior Scholars

Question

Kindly inform if the following statement is attributed to Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam) or the respected Sahabi, Hazrat Abdullah Ibn Mas’ood (Radhiyallahu ‘anhu):

“The people will remain upon goodness so long as they take knowledge from their Scholars, their greater ones and their elders. When they take knowledge from their young ones and their foolish ones, they will be destroyed.”

Jazakumullah

 

Answer

This is recorded as the statement of Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ud (radiyallahu’anhu) in the introduction of Al-Kamil of Ibn ‘Adiy, vol.1 pg.260-261 & other sources.

This golden advice of a prominent Sahabi (radiyallahu’anhu) is extremely pertinent in our era of confusion and academic disarray!

May Allah Ta’ala grant us the ability to abide by it. Ameen.

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

 

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar