FUNCTION OF THE ULAMA

FUNCTION OF THE ULAMA

The sacred function of the Ulama is to safeguard the Deen. The
Aqaaid (Beliefs) and the A’maal (Practices) of Islam have to be
protected from the contamination of bid’ah, kufr and shirk. This is
the prime duty of the Ulama who are the Heirs and Representatives
of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). As long as the Ulama
faithfully discharge the duty of Amr Bil Ma’roof Nahy Anil
Munkar, they will remain the stars of Hidaayat for the Ummah.

But, corruption in the ranks of the Ulama destroys not only
themselves, but the Ummah as well. When the Ulama fall into
dhalaal (deviation) and utilize their positions for the acquisition of
the despicable aims of Jah (worldly fame) and Maal (worldly
wealth), then they fall from their pedestal of honour and enter into
the ranks of the Ulama-e-Soo’ (Evil Ulama) who act as the agents
of shaitaan.

Once Hadhrat Sufyaan Bin Uyainah (rahmatullah alayh) came to
visit Hadhrat Fudhail Bin Iyaadh (rahmatullah alayh – who was
among the Tab-e-Taabieen) and one of the most illustrious
Mashaa-ikh and Auliya. Hadhrat Fudhail (rahmatullah alayh) said:
“At one time you, the Jamaat of the Ulama, were the lanterns of
Hidaayat for the cities. But now you are a source of darkness for
the cities. You were once stars of Hidaayat for the people like
the stars in the heaven from which people seek directions on land.
Now, you have become for the world a source of confusion. You
(the Ulama) no longer have shame for Allah Ta’ala. You frequent
the wealthy and accept their gifts without ascertaining whether
halaal or haraam. Then you stand in the Mihraab narrating
Ahadith.”
While Hadhrat Fudhail was admonishing, Hadhrat Sufyaan with
lowered head was reciting Istighfaar.

It is imperative for the Ulama to reflect and engage in constant
meditation regarding their motives and actions. Destruction to the
Deen has nowadays been wrought by Ulama under guise of
Ta’leem and Tabligh. It does not behove the Ulama to become
involved in dubious diplomacy and intrigue. They are supposed to
be the Stars of Guidance. Honesty and truth must shine and radiate
from them.

It is not the function of the Ulama to engage in menial activities
such as supervising the food stores of the kuffaar and aiding in
boosting their sales by means of halaal certificates. It is not the
function of the Ulama to become part of a wedding custom. It is
not the function of the Ulama to join hands with modernists and
deviated persons and organizations in misconceived ventures
advertised as Deeni activities. The honesty and uprighteousness of
the Ulama should be such as to keep them far away and far above
all such activities which detract from their prime function of
guarding the Shariah.