Indeed the Scholars are the Inheritors of the Prophets

 

The Prophet (sallallahu alayhe wa sallam) said:

 

مَنْ سَلَكَ طَرِيْقاً يَبْتَغِيْ فِيهِ عِلْماً سَلَّكَ اللهُ بِهِ طَرِيْقاً إِلَى الجَنَّة

 

Whoever treads a path seeking knowledge, Allah will make him tread a path to Paradise”

 

و إِنَّ المَلَائِكَةَ لَتَضَعُ أَجْنِحَتِهَا رِضَاءَ لِطَالِبِ العِلْم

 

And indeed the angels certainly spread their wings for the seeker (or student) of knowledge, pleased (with what he is doing)

 

و إِنَّ العَالِمَ لَيَسْتَغْفِرُ لَهُ مَنْ في السَمَاوَاتِ و من في الأَرْض حَتّى الحِيْتَانُ في المَاء

 

And indeed whoever is in the samawaat (sky, space, beyond) and whoever is on the earth – until even the fish in the water – certainly seek forgiveness for the Scholar

 

و فَضْلُ العَالِمِ عَلَى العَابِدِ كَفَضْلِ القَمَرِ عَلَى سَائِرِ الكَوَاكِب

 

And the superiority of the Scholar over the worshiper is like the superiority of the moon over the rest of the stars

 

إِنَّ العُلَمَاءَ وَرَثَةُ الأَنْبِيَاء

 

Indeed the Scholars are the Inheritors of the Prophets

 

إِنَّ الأَنْبِياءَ لَمْ يُوَرِّثُوا دِيْنَاراً وَ لا دِرْهَماً

 

Indeed the Prophets do not leave behind money (deenars or dirhams) as an inheritance

 

وَ إِنَّمَا وَرَّثُوا العِلْم

 

The only thing they leave behind as an inheritance is knowledge

 

فَمَنْ أَخَذَ بِهِ فَقَدْ أَخَذَ بِحَظٍّ وَافِرٍ

 

So whoever takes from it (the knowledge) has indeed taken an abundant share

 

صححه الإمام الألباني في صحيح الترمذي

 

Declared Saheeh by Imam Albanee in Saheeh at Tirmidhee

 

There are other similar wordings which are hasan and saheeh (search for

من سلك طريقا here: http://dorar.net/enc/hadith/ [pay attention to the gradings of the ahadeeth])

 

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