Know the levels of those you seek knowledge from

Shaikh Ahmad Ibn ‘Umar Al Baazmool said:

Not everyone who appears in front of the people and speaks in front of them is qualified to be a scholar. This is because those who appear in front of the people are at different levels:

From them are those at the level of the scholars who give verdicts unrestrictedly. And they are those who are the people of Fatwa and who are returned to in current affaits.

And from them are those who are at the level of the scholars who give verdicts on specific matters.

And from them are those who are the level of the students of knowledge who have not reached the level of the scholars.

And from them are those general folk who learnt something small from knowledge and came forth to give sermons and da’wah.

And from them: those who knowledge is never taken from.

Therefore these levels must be known in order that we obtain the ability to differentiate between them. And it is upon us to know that not everyone who appears in-front of the people is qualified to give them Fatwa.”

Al Mu’een Li Tawdeeh Al Ma’ani Athar Ibn Sireen (pg 49)

Shaikh Ahmad Bazmool mentioned that he benefitted from his brother, Muhammad Bazmool, regarding this point.

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