Death of Islamic Scholars and Ummah’s responsibility
By : Obaid Ullah Hamzah
Muslim Ummah was shocked with the quick successive death of Many scholars in Bangladesh and around the world. We have sadly witnessed that during the devastating situation of Covid-19, many prominent Islamic scholars like Hefazat Amir Allama Ahmad Shafi, Allama Tayeb, Allam Ashraf Ali, Allama Saeed Ahmad Palonpuri, to name a few, died as if the heaven is taking back its stars and suns.
Death of Ulama (Islamic Scholars) means knowledge to be taken away, people get deprived of the legacy of the Prophets , peace be upon them all. There is a sacred lineage between Ulama and the Prophets of Allah which no other ancestry matches it. The Prophet, peace and blessing be upon him, said “Scholars are the inheritors of the prophets. They did not bequeath them gold or silver. They bequeathed them knowledge. Death of Ulama in quick succession is among signs of the Day of Judgment. The Prophet, peace and blessing be upon him, said “Allah does not take knowledge away by removing it from the hearts of people but He takes it away by taking away the learned ,so that He leaves no learned man, people will take ignorant people as leaders. Causes will be presented to them, they will give answers erring and misleading others.
The world without the divine knowledge and its carriers is dark, a total chaos. We never reached the epic of success, our civilization never flourished, our achievements was never complete without their guidance and leadership. They defended the truth and faced the enemy with incredible courage and honesty. Ask the history for answers. Who preserved the knowledge of the Ummah? Who protected faith and belief? Who awakened them? Who liberated them from the oppressing colonizing power? The answer is clear. It is Ulama, the people of tremendous determination, who did all that and much more.
Saeed bin Zaid cried upon the death of Umar bin Khattab and said when he was asked why he was crying “ Upon Islam I am crying”. Death of Umar R. created a pinhole that will never be filled until the Day of Resurrection.
We must respect them, follow their guidance and footsteps and move forward with their mission. It is a detrimental move to marginalize the effective and constructive roles of Ulama and keep them occupied with insignificants issues. They know better that obstacle in the way of evil designs of the West in the Muslim world is the strong presence of Islamic scholars and centers for religious education.
We must respect them, earn beneficial knowledge from them and try best with resources available to bring out a new generation who will guide wandering humanity to its dignity, security and prosperity.