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15 July 2019 CE | 13 Dhul-Qadah 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

Who Should be Visited by Whom

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “The rulers who frequent the learned are good and the learned men who frequent the rulers are bad.” [Ihya Ulum Id-Din by Imam Ghazali]

Sayyidna Sufiyan said: “There is a valley in Hell. The learned men who frequent the rulers will live in it.” [Ihya Ulum Id-Din]

A (religiously) learned man’s reliance on Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) should be greater than an ordinary Muslim’s. Yet his frequenting those in power shows his reliance on material resources and love of this world. He compromises Allah’s Deen to maintain his position in society and benefit from the ruler’s association. Thus, he is denounced.

However, for a ruler to visit the people of (Islamic) learning is a sign of his Eeman and his desire to get closer to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala), by increasing in Eeman and good deeds.

This is why, historically, the scholars of worth have not approached the courts of kings and kept a distance from them. Those princes and rulers desiring to learn would go to the scholars and sit in their gatherings amidst ordinary folk; the scholars would not go to pamper the rulers.

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