When scholars lead in ignorance

Imagine that you are sitting in a lecture session by an up and coming Shaykha, you know, one of those rare Muslim women of knowledge. And this Shaykha is giving a beautiful lecture, full of Islamic wisdom and advice…and you feel your soul uplifted, you feel your Imaan boosted just by listening to her, because you know that because of her words, her knowledge of Allah and Rasulullah Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam, you will leave the masjid motivated to be a better Muslim. It’s a beautiful feeling, perhaps this might be what it feels like to be high on some designer drug…but this is better, because the side effects can only be good: instead of killing brain cells, you are growing heart and soul cells.

And then, to conclude her session, the Shaykha makes a duaa, and while you are in the middle of this masjid, surrounded by a whole community of women who know you, and think they know the truth about who you are, you realize that her duaa to Allah Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala is actually aimed at you. And you realize that she has been listening to one of your acquaintances repeat a tired old lie about you, and not only did she believe the lie, she went one step further: she cast a judgment…and now she is publicly humiliating you before your friends and before Allah.

She did not bother to (since the matter concerned her so very deeply) ask to hear the other side. She did not bother to stick to her topic. She did not even bother to consider the impact her action would have on somebody whose imaan might not be as strong as it could, on somebody who is struggling to find a) true guidance, and b) a saheeh role model. No no no…stopping to consider what she was really doing was beneath her. Because, she, the Shaykha, knows everything she needs to know, because she, the Shaykha, knows that all that glitters certainly must be gold.

She, the Shaykha, did not even know that 2 hours before her duaa of humiliation, she was eating a dinner prepared by her victim. I wonder what tasted better to the eminent Shaykha, the flesh of the sister who was gossiped about and then so thoroughly humiliated, or the sister’s cooking.

Are we in a time when our scholars are leading in ignorance? If this is the state of our ‘ulema, are we better of without them? How on earth do we, as Muslims who are seeking knowledge of our amazing faith, have any kind of faith in those who are supposed to be the inheritors of our Nabi Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam? The worst kind of jaahilyaat surely comes from those who are supposed to know better.

May Allah forgive us all, and may He have mercy on those of us who are being led by scholars of ignorance. Ameen.

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12 Responses to When scholars lead in ignorance

  1. Extiinct says:

    Hi, was blog hopping and came here. I’m sorry you had to go through that. Its sad how men/women who claim to be religiously learned don’t practice what they teach.

  2. MuslimMum says:

    Its sad that you had to go through this, its very hurtful when these things come from the people we respect the most, not only because of what they have done, but also because you feel a bitter sense of disappointment in them, and in the lack of example they are setting for yourself and others. May Allah guide us all.

  3. It was not me who had to endure this…was an amazing friend, and her shock and hurt is mine.

    My intention with this post was to highlight a trend I am only now noticing. It is very disturbing, and goes a long way toward shattering my faith in who take knowledge from. May Allah guide us all, ameen!

    And welcome Extiinct and Muslim Mum, and thank you for your understanding input! JazakiAllah Khair! 🙂

  4. Orange Ninja says:

    Aah. I feel for your friend.
    It happens. Sadly, even I am trying to get rid of this bad habit. Gossiping’s one of the most alluring sins. Sigh. Thy say, a fornicator might b forgiven because he may seek redemption but because a gossip-monger doesn’t realize his mistake, he never seeks forgiveness. It’s a grave mistake a) to gossip b) to believe in it.
    Pray for ourselves included, that Allah(swt) removes this vice from our hearts. Ame’en.

  5. Ameen! And yes, more often than not, it is very difficult to ascertain what is gossip and what is not…therefore making it all the more difficult to seek forgiveness.

  6. asqfish says:

    Asalaamoalaikum,
    sometimes someone makes a dua or makes an observation and unknowingly targets a particular heart in the audience without being aware of it.

    Sometimes a person may be very sensitive and feel that the comments are being directed towards her as they may have a kernel of truth in them.

    Having been in that situation and being totally innocent of the fact that someone may be taking my comments personally, I suggest that maybe give the shaykha the benefit of the doubt, or if you feel very strongly confront her in private so that she does not repeat this form of public humiliation.

    Meanwhile of course what Allah (SWT) would do is to forgive! Perhaps your friend can too?

  7. Wa AlaykumusSalaam! Yes, I know what you are talking about, have been in that situation where the lecturer says something that just makes me cringe at myself. Unfortunately, this was too specific to fit in that category–there were too many details included in the “duaa”…it was not just a kernel of “truth,” it was a whole bagful; additionally, this kind of humiliation has been done before, on a less harsh scale. We are not in a position to be able to talk to her, unfortunately…but perhaps, someday it will be possible, inshaAllah.

    I have settled on searching for a way to give this woman the 70 excuses which are her due…but I wouldn’t give her my trust. And of course, my friend can forgive; alhamdulillah, that is her nature. It’s just sad that this was an opportunity for her to gain saheeh guidance…and the hurt of it all has made her retreat to the Islam she feels “safe” with.

    JazakiAllah khair for a comment that is full of very practical and thoughtful advice. I will certainly keep it in mind to address these thoughts with my friend when she is feeling less raw.

  8. athoofa says:

    Aww I feel for your friend 😦 I like the idea of confronting the Shaykha in private maybe that would make her more careful after this. Its easier said than done tho cuz I know that if I was in the situation your friend was in I would never would have been able to speak to her about it…I’m too much of a scaredy cat. And I would have lost trust in her too 😦 tho I might have been able to forgive her.

    Aameen to your dua! May Allah show us a good example in our scholars!

  9. athoofa, Ameen! It is difficult to speak up sometimes…

  10. Umm Ibrahim says:

    Assalaamu alaikum,
    Subhan Allah. 😦

  11. UmmLayla says:

    Well, I have been in your friends shoes… But not by a scholar, just the petty people who lead the salat here in our small town. The last time I got one of those directed towards me was the last time I attended Friday prayer here… And that was like 2 years ago. I figure these people here aren’t really scholars or anything so I’m not missing anything other than being angry at the Muslims, so no loss there!LOL

  12. Umm Ibrahim, wa’Alaykum Salaam! It is 😦

    UmmLayla, It’s seriously not worth going someplace if all that happens is that you’re going to get upset! Definitely with you there…and welcome to this here blog! 🙂

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