The Flesh of Scholars is Poisonous

The Flesh of Scholars is Poisonous

I have just watched a video of A great scholar, Buya Yahya. The video is here. He is one of the great scholars I love so much. He studied in Yemen, Al Ah Qaf. Now he has his own Islamic School in West Java, Indonesia, and also has Broadcasting Media, Al Bahjah TV. I found his video several days ago. It's an old video, published in 2017. In the video, he was at his Majlis answering a question from his audience. One of his audience asked him about a Muslim organization in Indonesia, it was a big Muslim organization. The question was also about the leader of this Islamic organization.

What I like is the way Buya Yahya answering questions from the audience. Before he answered the question, he gave advice about how we deal with a problem. In this era, bullying is everywhere on social media. It's like been the nature of the face of social media. Indonesia is the biggest Muslim country in the world. Since the era of colonization, Muslims in this country have been under attack. The strongest weapon to destroy Islam is conflict. The enemy of Islam creating conflict among Muslims themselves by propagating different views that exist among Muslims.

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For Muslims, having different views is normal. It's not forbidden. But, the enemies of Islam use it to create conflict. It happened today here. Since 2015 there was another sect that grew up so quickly in this country. This sect propagates hatred toward almost all Islamic scholars in the world that most Indonesian Muslims loved so much. Many believe that this sect created by the enemy of Islams to create conflict. This sect doesn't accept any difference. Those who have different views are judged as the dweller of hellfire. They only accept differences among their own community, and it's so rare. Their teaching has misled many uneducated Muslims to offend other Muslims.

During these latest months, I see indicators that the conflict among Muslims is on the rise. Last year, there's no conflict among the follower of Imam Abu Hasan al Ash'ary, the Theology Scholar. But today, some offend each other just because of different political views. Thus, it's not a religious conflict anymore. Muslims who have knowledge about Aqidah / theology would never have any hatred toward the same followers of Imam Al Ash'ary. Only those who don't have knowledge arguing without knowledge.

Back to the advice of Buya Yahya. At the end of the video, he reminds us that the flesh of scholars (ulama) is poisonous. It was the first time I heard it, or I might have forgot it. It says in the Hadith:

On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) who said:

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Verily Allah ta’ala has said: ‘Whosoever shows enmity to a wali (friend) of Mine, then I have declared war against him. And My servant does not draw near to Me with anything more loved to Me than the religious duties I have obligated upon him. And My servant continues to draw near to me with nafil (supererogatory) deeds until I Love him. When I Love him, I am his hearing with which he hears, and his sight with which he sees, and his hand with which he strikes, and his foot with which he walks. Were he to ask [something] of Me, I would surely give it to him; and were he to seek refuge with Me, I would surely grant him refuge.’ ” (Al Buhari)

In Quran Allah says: 

O  believers! Avoid many suspicions, ˹for˺ indeed, some suspicions are sinful. And do not spy, nor backbite one another. Would any of you like to eat the flesh of their dead brother? You would despise that!1 And fear Allah. Surely Allah is ˹the˺ Accepter of Repentance, Most Merciful. (Quran, al Hujurat: 12)

Ibn ‘Asaakir (499 A.H. – 571 A.H.) (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

“And know my brother – may Allaah guide me and you to seek His pleasure and make me and you from among those who fear Him as He should be feared – that the flesh of the scholar is poisonous. And the custom of Allaah in removing the screens from those who seek to belittle them is well-known. This is because attacking them in matters that they are free from is truly a tremendous matter.

Surrounding their reputation with lies and fabrications is infertile grounds, and differing with those whom Allaah has chosen amongst them to disperse the knowledge is a dishonorable characteristic.”

Ibn ‘Asaakir (may Allaah have mercy on him) also said:

“Whoever speaks ill of the (righteous) scholars, Allaah will give death to that person’s heart before He will give death to that person.” (Source)

That's the lesson I got today. Better we pray all our Muslim brothers and sisters, rather than backbiting and offending them.

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