The scholars are like the stars, Allah created them for three things:
1. The stars are a guide for people when they travel. Allah ta’ala says,
وَعَلَامَاتٍ وَبِالنَّجْمِ هُمْ يَهْتَدُونَ
“And marks and sign-posts; and by the stars (men) guide themselves.” (16: 16) The scholars, in turn, guide the masses in this life.
2. The stars are shields that are used to stone the shayateen who attempt to hear what the angels are saying. Allah ta’ala says,
وَحِفْظًا مِّن كُلِّ شَيْطَانٍ مَّارِدٍ لَّا يَسَّمَّعُونَ إِلَى الْمَلَإِ الْأَعْلَىٰ وَيُقْذَفُونَ مِن كُلِّ جَانِبٍ دُحُورًا
“and for guard against all obstinate rebellious evil spirits, (So) they should not strain their ears in the direction of the Exalted Assembly but be cast away from every side, Repulsed.” (37:7-9)
The scholars, in turn, refute all the doubts that will be raised by the devil and his followers.
3- The stars beautify the sky. Allah ta’ala says,
إِنَّا زَيَّنَّا السَّمَاءَ الدُّنْيَا بِزِينَةٍ الْكَوَاكِبِ
“We have indeed decked the lower heaven with beauty (in) the stars.” (37:6)
The lives of the scholars are beautiful. It is like you’re looking at something beautiful and hearing and knowing about them is beautiful. Living with them for even a moment makes your life even better. Imam Ahmad used to praise the knowledge and scholars: people need knowledge more than food and drink.
- Taken from Torch Bearers: Scholars of Islam with Shaykh Waleed Basyouni.