The Prophet’s Teachings on The Respect for Scholars

Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “The person who is best versed in the recitation of the Book of Allah, should lead the prayer; but if all those present are equally versed in it, then the one who has most knowledge of the the way of the Prophet (pbuh) [Muslim]

Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “One who is senior most in accepting Islam, should lead the prayer”

`Abdur-Rahman bin Sahl, Huwaiyisah and Muhaiyisah, the two sons of Mas`ud went to Messenger of Allah (PBUH) and spoke about the case of their (murdered) friend. `Abdur-Rahman, who was the youngest of them all, started talking. Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “Let those older than you speak first.”

Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “It is out of reverence to Allah by  which should  respect an aged person, and the one who commits the Qur’an to memory and to respect the just ruler”.
[Abu Dawud]

Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said: “He is not one of us who shows no mercy to younger ones and does not acknowledge the honour due to our elders”.
[At-Tirmidhi and Abu Dawud]

Abu Sa`id Samurah bin Jundub (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: I was a boy during the lifetime of Messenger of Allah (PBUH), and used to commit to my memory what he said, but I do not narrate what I preserved because there were among us people who were older than me.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “If a young man honours an older person on account of his age, Allah appoints someone to show reverence to him in his old age”
[At-Tirmidhi].

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