Actual Opinion

Wednesday, 08 August 2018

Ulema Heir of the Prophet

Nowadays, there had been many of ustadz and the preachers who claimed themselves as ulema. This is because there was no standard and tested mechanism to establish if someone is appropriate to entitle as ulema or not. The impact of this matter is there had been many cases happened on differences upon the view and understanding of Islamic teachings, including is the differences in determining the date of Islamic holidays.

Actually, how could we differentiate easily between the true ulema and the fake one? According to our guru there is an easy way to differrentiate them. A true ulema is the heir of the prophet’s legacy. What was inherited from the prophet? They are the tasks and responsibility to deliver Islamic risala. How was that Islamic risala delivered? By doing da’wah to deliver the risala free of charge. That is the true meaning of inheriting the prophet’s legacy.

قُلْ مَا أَسْأَلُكُمْ عَلَيْهِ مِنْ أَجْرٍ وَمَا أَنَا مِنَ الْمُتَكَلِّفِينَ
“Say, [O Muhammad], "I do not ask you for the Qur'an any payment, and I am not of the pretentious.” (QS 38:86)

A preacher, if he, in his preaching, still setting up the tariff and price for what he is doing in da’wah, then he must not be an ulema. The true ulema is someone who delivers the risala by inheriting the way of how the prophets did before, without asking for any payment or benefits. (AK/ST)