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What does Islam say about evil scholars?

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The relevant ayaat and ahadith in this instance include the following:

O you who have believed, indeed many of the scholars and the monks devour the wealth of people unjustly and avert [them] from the way of Allah . And those who hoard gold and silver and spend it not in the way of Allah - give them tidings of a painful punishment. (Qur'an 9:34)

The Prophet (saw) said: “There is something more I fear for my Ummah more than the Dajjal: “Misguided scholars.” (Musnad Ahmad)

Abdullah bin Amr narrates the Prophet (saw) said: “Most of the hypocrites of my Ummah will be its Qurra’ (i.e. evil scholars).” (Musnad Ahmad)

The Prophet (saw) stated: “The worst ulama visit the homes of unjust and oppressive leaders while the best leaders visits the homes of ulama.” (Ibn Majah)

Umar ibn al-Khattab (ra) reported: The Messenger of Allah (saw) said, “Verily, among what I fear most for my nation is every hypocrite with a knowledgeable tongue.” (Musnad Ahmad)

The Messenger of Allah (saw) said: “Undoubtedly, Allah loves those rulers who keep the company of scholars (Ulama) and He hates those scholars who maintain ties with rulers.
Because, when the scholars frequent the rulers then the scholars incline towards the world, whereas, when the rulers frequent the scholars then the rulers incline towards the Hereafter.” (Imam Daylami)

Ubadah bin Samit (ra) said: “If a pious learned man loves the rulers, he commits hypocrisy, and if he loves the rich, he commits show.” (Ihya Ulum al Din)

Ka’b ibn ‘Ujrah reported: The Messenger of Allah (saw) said, “Verily, rulers will come after me and whoever enters their abode, affirms their lies, and supports their oppression, they are not part of me and I am not part of them; they will have no presence at the Fountain. Whoever does not enter their abode, does not support their oppression, and does not affirms their lies, he is part of me and I am part of him; he will be present at the Fountain.” (Tirmidhi 2190)

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