Question: We see that the dignity of the Ulema is purposely being destroyed and on every front we hear them being criticised and abused.
What you say is completely true.
But I ask you: In which period of history was it ever so that enmity was not shown towards the Ulema, and when they were not insulted? Is it riot true that Imam Abu Hanifa was imprisoned? Was Imam Malik not badly beaten? And what severe sufferings did not Imam Ahmed bin Hambal have to bear?
You may name any of the illustrious scholars of Islam and find that they were the victims of attacks by enemies. Few were the exceptions. Most correctly did Sayyidina Ali (Radiallahu anhu) say:
“The ignorant ones are enemies to the men of knowledge.” (Durr Manthoor)
So it is and in the future this will surely continue to increase. In fact, Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) mentioned it as one of the signs of the coming of Qiyamat. In almost all those Ahaadeeth mentioning the signs of the nearness of Qiyamat you will find mention of this.
Signs of Qiyamat:
Most of those signs have already started to appear and as for those signs which have not yet appeared, there are already signs of their appearing very soon.
Hence there is no reason why this enmity should not become more intense. But what we see today is still nothing in comparison to what is to be seen in the future.
Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “Such a time will come when the Ulema will be killed like dogs. If only at the time the Ulema could become insane…”
Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) also said: “Such a time will come when the death of the Ulema will be more sought after then red gold.”
In another Hadeeth it is said: “Such a time will dawn over men when the leadership of the Ulema will not be followed, nd neither will any respect be shown to men of wisdom, nor will elders be honoured, and no sympathy will be shown to the young ones. For the sake of acquiring any worldly gain, fighting and murder will take place. It will be such a time when that which is permissible will not be considered as such and when that which is prohibited will not be looked upon as such. The saintly ones will wander around in fear and the men of that time will be the worst of the creation. And on the Day of Qiyamat Allah will not look towards such people with mercy at all.”
Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) also said: “Such a time will come when the true believers will roam about secretly just as today the munafiqs are roaming among you in secret manner.” (Ishaa-at)