Shaykh Ahmad an-Najjār
applying shari’ titles and lofty positions to those who are not deserving of such
of the greatest forms of falsehood is: applying Divinely Legislated titles and lofty positions to those who are not deserving of them, titles such as: ‘’Aalim’, ‘al-’Allaamah’, ‘al-Mujaddid’, ‘Shaykh ul-Islaam’ and the likes. You will find that the deceived ones append these titles to those whom they extol yet upon inspection you find that some of whom they describe with such descriptions are of the utmost distant from such titles. Rather, you hear that they apply these titles to people the furthest you can say about them is that they are students of knowledge even if they have obtained doctorates. This is a dangerous illness which has to brought to attention and assessed due to the serious harms which come about as a result of it, such as:
1. the fitnah to the one who is being described with these titles, as he could be afflicted with self-amazement, deception and belittlement of others as we clearly see today during these times.
2. Referring major issues and immense newly-arisen matters to him as he thinks that he is appropriate to address them. How can this not be the case when he is “al-’Allaamah”?!
3. people becoming deceived by him and having allegiance and disavowel based on him, Allaahu Musta’aan.
I also say out of advice to those apply these titles on those whom they glorify while they are not suitable for them: the title ‘scholar’ is not applied except for one who is meticulous in the
Dated 26th Sha’baan 1435 AH /2015. Summarised translation from: http://www.alngar.com/user/Re_article.aspx?id=3037
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