The Pious Predecessors Warned Of The ‘Evil Scholars’

Sheikhul Hadith Hadhrat Moulana Zakariyya Khandhelwi Rahmatullahi Alaihi mentions the statements of our pious predecessors warning of the:

Ulama-e-Haqq and Ulama-e-Soo

There are two kinds of Ulama- the true ones (Ulama-e-Haqq) and the false or evil ones (Ulama-e-soo).

In the Hadeeth there are very grave warnings of dreadful things awaiting the Ulama-e-soo. They are among those who will be first to enter into hell. They are astray and are leading others astray. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) said:

“A person who seeks knowledge with the object of acquiring worldly riches, will not even the smell the fragrance of Jannah.”


Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) also said:

Whosoever acquired knowledge for the purpose of attracting people to be inclined towards him, will be cast into hell.”


It is also reported that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said:

Knowledge is of two kinds. One type is that which is only on the tongue (having no effect on the heart). This is Allah’s proof against men (that He completed His argument). The other type is that which is in the heart and is beneficial knowledge.

In another Hadeeth he (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said,

In the latter days the devout ones (sufis) will be ignorant and the Ulamaa will be immoral

And also:

Seek not knowledge in order to contest with the Ulama and to argue with the ignorant ones and to attract people towards you by it. Those who do this will be cast into hell

Sayyindina Umar (Radhiyallahu Anhu) said:

On behalf of this Ummat, I am most fearful of the Alim who is a hypocrite. People enquired: “Who is a hypocritical Alim?”

Hadhrat Umar (Radhiyallahu Anhu) replied: “He is one who by tongue is an Alim but in the heart he is ignorant

Sayyiduna Hasan (Radhiyallahu Anhu) said:

Do not become such that in spite of having acquired the knowledge of the Ulema and becoming acquainted with the deep researchers of the thinkers, you behave and act in the manner of ignorant fools.

Hadhrat Ebrahim bin Ummaya was asked:

“Which person will be most ashamed and sorry?”

He replied:

The ashamed one in this world is he who obliges an ungrateful one. And the ashamed one and sorry one at the time death is that Alim who exceeded limits.

Sayyidina Hasan (Radhiyallahu Anhu) also said:

The torment of the Ulama will be the death of the heart. The death of the heart is seen in this that with the deeds of the Hereafter he earns the benefits of this world.

Hazrat Yayha bin Ma’az (Radhiyallahu Anhu) says:

When with knowledge and wisdom worldly benefits are earned, the knowledge loses splendour and brilliance.

Sayyidina Umar (Radhiyallahu Anhu) observed:

When you see any Alim who loves worldly riches, consider him to be a suspect (and guard your Deen) for whoever loves a thing becomes entangled with it

Hadhrat Malik Bin Dinaar (Radhiyallahu Anhu) said:

I have read in ancient books that Allah Ta’laa says: When an Alim begins to love this world, the least that I do to him is that from his heart I take the pleasure out of his conversing with Me in prayer.


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