Allah, the Mighty and Majestic, says in the Noble Qur'an:
"Allah bears witness that none has the right to be worshipped but He, and the angels, and those having knowledge (Ulul-'Ilm) (also bear witness to this); (He is always) maintaining His creation in justice. None has the right to be worshipped but He, the All-Mighty, the All-Wise."
This verse shows the superiority of knowledge ('ilm) and its people; the following points can be inferred from this verse:
- Allah chose the people of knowledge (Ulul-'Ilm) to bear witness to His Oneness (tawhid) over and above the rest of His creation;
- Allah honored the people of knowledge by mentioning their testimony along with His testimony;
- He raised high the status of the scholars by associating their testimony with the testimony of the angels;
- This verse bears witness to the superiority of those who possess knowledge. Allah does not make any of His creation bear witness except the upright amongst them. There is a well known narration from the Prophet, peace be upon him, who said, "The upright in every generation will carry this knowledge, rejecting the distortions of the extremists, the false claims of the liars, and the (false) interpretations of the ignorant." [Declared hasan by Shaykh Salim al-Hilali];
- Allah, the One free from all defects, Himself bears witness to His Oneness, and He is the greatest of all witnesses. Then He chose from His creation the angels and the scholars - this is sufficient to show their excellence;
- Allah made the scholars bear witness with the greatest and most excellent testimony that is, "None has the right to be worshipped but Allah." Allah, the One free of all defects and the Most High, does not bear witness except to matters of great importance and only the greatest from Allah’s creation bear witness to this;
- Allah made the testimony of the people of knowledge a proof against the rejecters. Thus they are its proofs and its signs, indicating His Oneness (tawhid);
- Allah, the Most High, used a single verb (shahid) to refer to His testimony and the testimony of the angels and the scholars. He did not use an additional verb for their testimony; thus He connected their testimony to His. This shows the strong link between their testimony and Allah’s testimony, as if He Himself bore witness to His Oneness upon their tongues and made them utter this testimony; and
- Allah, the One free from all defects, made the scholars fulfill His right (that none has the right to be worshipped but Him) through this testimony and if they fulfill it then they have fulfilled and established this right of Allah upon them. Then it is obligatory upon mankind to accept this testimony which is the means to reach happiness in this life and their final return (to Allah). Whosoever takes this guidance from the scholars and accepts this truth because of their testimony, then for the scholars there is a reward equal to them. And none knows the value of this reward but Allah.
Adapted from Miftahi Daris Sa'adah