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Sometimes a Graduate is the Most Ignorant of People

A very good reminder for us in the West not to be impressed with the degrees of the people in the arena of da’wah.

Be weary of the speakers who are not known to the senior scholars of Ahlus Sunnah or they are not known to be from those who would sit with the people of knowledge or keep in contact with them.

What’s even worse are those speakers, may Allah guide them, who try to take the youth away from the senior scholars and establish themselves as the scholars of the land like what has happened with many here in the west. Allahul musta’aan.

Sometimes a Graduate is the Most Ignorant of People

By Ash-Shaykh Salih Al-Fawzan (may Allah preserve him)

Question: If a person wants to teach people Islam, is having a degree from a university enough or must he have a tazkiyah from a scholar as well?

Answer: He must have knowledge. Everyone who graduates with a degree doesn’t become a person of knowledge. What’s required is to have knowledge and understanding of Allah’s religion. Degrees don’t prove that a person has knowledge. Sometimes the most ignorant of people possess degrees. And at other times there are people without degrees, who are the most knowledgeable of people.

Did Shaykh Bin Baz, Shaykh Muhammad ibn Ibrahim, or Shaykh ibn Humayd have degrees?! Despite the fact they didn’t have degrees they were among the most knowledgeable people in their era. The issue is based on the fact that person has knowledge and understanding of Islam, not his degree or his tazkiyah . The reality of a person’s affair can become known when, an issue, problem or calamity arises. When such events take place it becomes clear who is a person on knowledge, a person posing to have knowledge or an ignorant person.

Taken from Sahab : http://sahab.net/forums/showthread.php?t=382317

Translated by Abu Aaliyah Abdullah ibn Dwight Battle

Doha, Qatar 1431 ©



  1. Ali
    October 15, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    but its really very difficult to identify people of knowledge and wisdom,there are so many groups in islam??

    plz clarify this

    • October 17, 2010 at 2:17 pm

      Yes that is very true. There are many groups in Islam.

      So we must keep our criteria the qur’aan, Sunnah and the understanding of the Sahabah.

      So then we try to find scholars who follow this methodology.

      If one is sincere in finding the truth and scholars upon the truth, Allah will make it easy for that person to be guided.

      I will post an audio inshaAllah later regarding this.

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