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.
It is a sign of the Last Day (Qiyamah) that religious knowledge will be taken away from us. Some people take it literally. Like the words of Quran will vanish and books will have no more words in them. But actually it means something else: the death of religious scholars (and lack of replacements).
Narrated Abu Huraira:
The Prophet said, “(Religious) knowledge will be taken away (by the death of religious scholars) ignorance (in religion) and afflictions will appear; and Harj will increase.” It was asked, “What is Harj, O Allah’s Apostle?” He replied by beckoning with his hand indicating “killing.”
Regarding this Hadith, two reactions are likely. One, accept this misfortune saying that it’s inevitable and nothing can be done about it. Two, DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! Be the replacement!