Sufi Foundation: Hatred for the Scholars

by: Shaykh Ahmad Bazmool

Al-Imaam al-Qayrawaanee [d. 750 AH], may Allah have mercy on him, said: The first foundation that they (i.e. the Soofiyyah) instill in you according to their methodology is hatred for the scholars and chasing people away from them.(1)

Shaykh Ahmad Bazmool, may Allah protect him, commented: Why do they lay this foundation?

The Answer: They lay this foundation because the scholars distinguish between truth and falsehood. They are the inheritors of the Prophets, and they guide people from darkness to light. Likewise, the scholars are opposed to what they propagate.

So, the first thing the people of falsehood are intent on doing is to cloud the minds of their followers with evil descriptions of the scholars. This is how all the people of falsehood and innovation are: They must give the scholars evil descriptions. They do this so when the scholars warn against them and clarify their misguidance, their followers will be unaffected [by what they hear]. This is a dangerous affair.

This is why they speak ill of Salafee scholars and Salafee students of knowledge; they even speak ill of the Salafee youth, because the youth spread the speech of the scholars. They say: ‘Don’t listen to so-and-so; He is from the extremist, etc.’ – They warn against him. So, take notice of this agreed upon technique that all the people of falsehood employ.

They call the Salafees ‘extremist,’ ‘Haddaadees;’ ‘they promote dictatorship,’ etc. They use these descriptions to cause people to flee from them so they won’t hear the truth.(2)

Observation: Many people have changed their behavior with certain scholars who are known to openly clarify falsehood and identify its propagators; such as: Shaykh Rabee’, Shaykh ‘Ubayd, Shaykh Zayd, Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Haadee, Shaykh Muhammad Bazmool, Shaykh Ahmad Bazmool, Shaykh ‘Abdullah al-Bukhaaree, etc., may Allah protect them all.

In the past, they would learn from them, attend their gatherings, visit them, take others to visit them, translate for them, spread their lectures and articles, seek and accept their advice, etc. – Now?

May Allah bless us with love for all of the scholars of the Sunnah, and may He protect us from the clear and subtle methods of those who seek to misguide us.

(1): Abu Faaris al-Qayrawaanee, The Maalikee Fatwaa on Actions of the Soofees, 24
(2): Ahmad Bazmool, Comments on The Maalikee Fatwaa of the Actions of the Soofees, 13:38m-15:50m