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The Difference Between a Scholar and a Da'ee (caller)

What is the difference between a Scholar and a d?

The difference between the Scholar and the d is clear. The d is one who strives to convey the message of the Sharah to the servants of Allh. He calls them to it, sometimes by means of targhb and tarhb (persuasion and deterring).

The Scholar is one to whom Allh has given knowledge and who may or may not be a d. However, if the Scholar is not a d., then he is extremely deficient in his knowledge and is not a complete inheritor of the Messenger of Allh sallallhu alayhi wa sallam. This is because the Prophets - may Allhs peace be upon them all - did not bequeath the dirham or dnr as inheritance, but they bequeathed knowledge - as the Prophet sallallhu alayhi wa sallam said: Indeed, the Scholars are the inheritors of the Prophets and indeed the Prophets do not leave behind them the dnr or the dirham as inheritance, they leave only knowledge behind as inheritance. So whosoever acquires it, acquires a huge fortune. [1] Consequently. whosoever acquires knowledge and calls to Allh. then such a person has truly inherited from the inheritance of the Prophets - in proportion to what he establishes and implements of their prescribed laws.

As for the saying of some of the people that it is permissible to become a d without knowledge, then if they mean a d without a huge amount of knowledge, able to give fatw (legal verdicts and judgements), explain and deduce issues from their proofs - then it is possible to accept this saying. However, if they mean a d not having knowledge what to do dawah with, nor having knowledge what to do dawah too - then there is no doubt that this cannot be. And I warn people from calling to the truth in this manner, since the harm caused is greater than the good achieved - as is witnessed!

(1) Hasan: Related by Ab Dwd (no.3641), and Ibn Majah (no.223), from Abd-Darda radiallhu anhu. It was authenticated by Shaykh al-Albn in his checking to Sharhus-Sunnah (1/276).

Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih al-`Uthaymeen
As-Sahwatul-Islmiyyah (pp.76-77) of Shaykh Ibn al-Uthaymn.
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