Removal of Sacred Knowledge

May 30, 2012 § Leave a comment

English: Allah in stone in Rohtas Fort, Distri...

 by Nuh Ha Mim Keller

Perhaps the biggest challenge in learning Islam correctly today is the scarcity of traditional ‘ulama. In this meaning, Bukhari relates the sahih, rigorously authenticated hadith that the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said,

“Truly, Allah does not remove Sacred Knowledge by taking it out of servants, but rather by taking back the souls of Islamic scholars [in death], until, when He has not left a single scholar, the people take the ignorant as leaders, who are asked for and who give Islamic legal opinion without knowledge, misguided and misguiding”

(Fath al-Bari, 1.194, hadith 100)

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