Who is the heir of the Prophet? They are the scholars. Because the scholars have inherited the Prophets legacy. That is the knowledge of Qur’an and Sunnah.
In a hadith from Abud Darda (may Allah blesses him), that the Prophet (ﷺ) says,
وإنَّ العُلَماءَ ورَثةُ الأنبياءِ، وإنَّ الأنبياءَ لم يُورِّثوا دينارًا ولا درهًما، ورَّثوا العِلْمَ، فمَن أخَذه أخَذ بحظٍّ واف
“The scholars are the heirs of the Prophets. The Prophets did not inherit the dinar or dirham, but they inherited knowledge, whoever studied knowledge took the inheritance of the Prophets in large numbers” [Abu Dawood, classed as Saheeh by al-Albani].
That is why the scholars are noble people. They are noble because they have knowledge of the Quran and Sunnah. And Allah also exalted them. Allah says in the Quran:
يَرْفَعِ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا مِنْكُمْ وَالَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْعِلْمَ دَرَجَاتٍ
“Allah will exalt those who believe among you and those who are given some degree of knowledge” [al-Mujadalah: 11].
So, we should honor the scholars and learn Quran and Sunnah from them.
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