Hadith on ‘Ilm: Virtue of scholars over worshipers

Abu Umamah reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The virtue of the scholar over the worshiper is like my virtue over the least of you. Verily, Allah, his angels, the inhabitants of the heavens and earth, even the ant in his hole and the fish, send blessings upon the one who teaches people what is good.”

Fudayl ibn ‘Iyad said, “A scholar who works in teaching has a high status in the domain of the heavens.”

Source: Sunan al-Tirmidhī 2685

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Tirmidhi

عَنْ أَبِي أُمَامَةَ الْبَاهِلِيِّ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فَضْلُ الْعَالِمِ عَلَى الْعَابِدِ كَفَضْلِي عَلَى أَدْنَاكُمْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ وَمَلَائِكَتَهُ وَأَهْلَ السَّمَوَاتِ وَالْأَرَضِينَ حَتَّى النَّمْلَةَ فِي جُحْرِهَا وَحَتَّى الْحُوتَ لَيُصَلُّونَ عَلَى مُعَلِّمِ النَّاسِ الْخَيْرَ

وقال الفضيل بن عياض عَالِمٌ عَامِلٌ مُعَلِّمٌ يُدْعَى كَبِيرًا فِي مَلَكُوتِ السَّمَوَاتِ

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