When Does a Person Become a Scholar?

When Does a Person Become a Scholar?
Imam ash-Shaatibi (may Allah have mercy upon him) said:
‎وَالْعَالِمُ إِذَا لَمْ يَشْهَدْ لَهُ الْعُلَمَاءُ فَهُوَ فِي الْحُكْمِ بَاقٍ عَلَى الْأَصْلِ مِنْ عَدَمِ الْعِلْمِ حَتَّى يَشْهَدَ فِيهِ غَيْرُهُ 
“And a Scholar, if the Scholars do not testify for him, remains upon the ruling of the origin of not having knowledge until another [Scholar] testifies for him…” [al-‘Itisaam (3/99)]
Shaikh al-Albani (may Allah have mercy upon him) commented saying:
‎تأملوا لم يقل: طالب العلم
“Reflect! He did not say: Student of knowledge” [Saheeha (2/713)]
And Imam Malik (may Allah have mercy upon him) said:
‎ما أفتيت حتى شهد لي سبعون أني أهل لذلك
I did not pass verdicts until seventy [of the People of Knowledge] testified that I was from the people for that [i.e. Those capable of passing fatawa]
[Reported by Khateeb in al-Faqih wal-Mutafaqqih no. 1041 with a Saheeh chain as the verifier of the book mentions (2/325)]
So this is a clarification that one can only become a Scholar when the Scholars bear witness that he is one. Not like nowadays when someone is claimed to be a Scholar by the laymen or claims himself a Scholar. The witness of the laymen and the students of knowledge is not considered in this issue. 
And Allah Knows Best
Faisal Ibn Abdul Qaadir Ibn Hassan

Abu Sulaymaan

4 thoughts on “When Does a Person Become a Scholar?

  1. Assalamu alaykum. There a lot more than that for a person to be considered a scholar and the article is vague.

    First, the question is what type of scholar? You have a Faqi a scholar in Fiqh and Usool Fiqh, a scholar in the Arabic language in the Arabic language you have from scholars in different fields related to Arabic language like Arabic grammar, and linguistics and much more, a scholar in the science of Quran, and the science of Quran are a lot like Qiraat different styles of reading and related to tajweed wa ahkaam, Scholar of Tafseer and there the different types of tafseers of Quran.

    Then you have a scholar specialize in Shariah. Then you have scholars in the hadeeth and the science of hadeeth then you have a Muhadith. Then you have scholars of Dawah and Usool Deen.

    Then every scholars are not on the same level, you have major senior scholars, then you have their students who are students of the major scholar, then you have small students of knowledge who are all on different levels, then you have scholars who specialize in their fields and students the same.

    So this article is very vague, and the word Scholar is self is a vague word in the English language in Arabic you have الشيخ و العالم والعلامة و الفقي و المحدث و الاستاذ each wording have a mean related to a scholar and student of knowledge and his level .

    So let’s look at what makes a person a Faqi and able to give fatwa once you study this subject you will learn who is a scholar and what are the conditions inshallah on my site like to write on this topic from statement of ahul ilm from the past on the condition of being a Faqi


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