Sometimes a Graduate is the Most Ignorant of People
By Ash-Shaykh Salih Al-Fawzan (may Allah preserve him)
Question: If a person wants to teach people Islam, is having a degree from a university enough or must he have a tazkiyah from a scholar as well?
Answer: He must have knowledge. Everyone who graduates with a degree doesn’t become a person of knowledge. What’s required is to have knowledge and understanding of Allah’s religion. Degrees don’t prove that a person has knowledge. Sometimes the most ignorant of people possess degrees. And at other times there are people without degrees, who are the most knowledgeable of people.
Did Shaykh Bin Baz, Shaykh Muhammad ibn Ibrahim, or Shaykh ibn Humayd have degrees?! Despite the fact they didn’t have degrees they were among the most knowledgeable people in their era. The issue is based on the fact that person has knowledge and understanding of Islam, not his degree or his tazkiyah . The reality of a person’s affair can become known when, an issue, problem or calamity arises. When such events take place it becomes clear who is a person on knowledge, a person posing to have knowledge or an ignorant person.
Taken from Sahab