Ulama – The Lanterns

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Hadhrat Hasan Basri (rahmatullah alayh) said: “The Ulama are lanterns of the ages. Every Aalim is a lamp of his age. The people of his era derive light from him. If there had not been Ulama, people would have been like animals.”

The Ulama in this context refer to those men of Ilm who practise in accordance with their knowledge. They fear Allah
Ta’ala. Describing such Ulama, the Qur’aan Majeed says: “Verily, of the servants of Allah, only the Ulama fear Him.”

Learned men who lack fear and whose practical life is in conflict with the Ilm they have acquired, are known as ‘ulamae-soo’ (evil ulama).

The Mashaaikh say that two classes of persons have harmed the Deen the most: evil rulers and evil ulama. In fact the damage caused to the Ummah by evil ulama is worse than the evil of evil kings.