I have been troubled by the attacks made on several notable scholars, especially the slanderous material written about my own teacher, Shaykh Abdallah bin Bayyah. He never pays any attention to them, but I have lived with him and witnessed his piety, decency, virtuous character, and genuine love for the Prophet’s Ummah, and I fear for those people who so lightly attack him, or who attack others, like Shaykh Sa’id Ramadan al-Buti, simply because they disagree with them.
We ought to know that such criticism of learned people is not a good sign. As recorded in al-Hakim’s Mustadrak,
the Prophet of God, peace and blessings be upon him, is reported to
“When the Muslims begin to loathe scholars and are
preoccupied with commerce and its development, obsessing over
accumulation of wealth, God will then direct at them four tribulations:
loss of productivity, oppressive rulers, corrupt justice systems, and
enemies who find them easy prey.”