We, being Muslims, come across a lot of problems of fiqh in our daily lives. We have questions like ‘how should we do this?’ and ‘is this right or wrong?’ etc. So we look for scholars (or muftis, to be precise) who will advise us in such matters and answer our questions. But what’s your criterion? Do you look for the ‘right’ muftis? Because in the context of this Hadith, this question is hidden..
Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr bin Al’ As:
I heard Allah’s Apostle saying, “Allah does not take away the knowledge, by taking it away from (the hearts of) the people, but takes it away by the death of the religious learned men till when none of the (religious learned men) remains, people will take as their leaders ignorant persons who when consulted will give their verdict without knowledge. So they will go astray and will lead the people astray.”
Lesson: Make sure whoever you choose for ifta (taking fatwa) should have the authentic knowledge of Quran and Sunnah and should advise you according to these sources.