Lesson 1: Principle: The people of the Sunnah and the Jamaa’ah encourage and direct the Muslim Ummah towards understanding the Qur’aan and the authentic hadeeth narrations.


Sheikh Jamaal al-Haarithee, may Allaah have mercy upon him mentioned: “It is appropriate here that we define the correct understanding of those to whom it is proper to apply the term “scholar”. And this is extremely important, since due to the fact that many people do not comprehend this issue, they have mixed individuals into the ranks of the scholars that do not belong there. The end result of this is the intellectual disorder that we are living in today. Many people in general, and students of knowledge in particular, have begun to think that everyone who writes a book, verifies a manuscript, gives a khutbah (sermon), or delivers a lecture is a scholar. Indeed, those who deserve that the term “scholar” be applied to them in these times of ours are few. They are fewer than few – in fact, they are very few. This is because the scholar has special characteristics, many of which cannot be found in a majority of those who ascribe to knowledge today.

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