Knowledge directly from the spring of divine Messengership

ash-Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-Uthaymeen (rahimahullaah) beautifully paraphrased the level of the knowledge of the Salafs over the Khalafs when he said:

أن السلف هم ورثة الأنبياء والمرسلين، فقد تلقوا علومهم من ينبوع الرسالة الإلهية وحقائق الإيمان.

 أما أولئك الخلف، فقد تلَقوا ما عندهم من المجوس، والمشركين، وضلال اليهود واليونان .

فكيف يكون ورثة المجوس، والمشركين، واليهود، واليونان، وأفراخهم، أعلم، وأحكم في أسماء الله وصفاته من ورثة الأنبياء والمرسلين!؟

The Salaf are the inheritors of the Prophets and Messengers. They learned their knowledge directly from the spring of divine Messengership and the actualities of Eemaan.

As for those Khalaf, they have learned what is with them from the Majoos (Fire‐Worshippers), the Mushrikoon, and the misguided ones from the Jews and Greeks.

So how are the inheritors of the Majoos, Mushrikoon, the Jews and Greeks and those who have germinated from them more knowledgeable and wiser regarding the Names and Attributes of Allaah, than the inheritors of the Prophets and Messengers?

[Source: Fathu Rabb‐il‐Bariyyah bi‐Talkhees al‐Hamawiyyah of ash-Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-Uthaymeen (rahimahullaah), page 27]

Author: Islamic Treasure

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