Hadith on Ulama’: Scholars are distinguished, forgiven in Hereafter

Abu Musa al-Ash’ari reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Allah will raise His servants on the Day of Resurrection, then He will distinguish the scholars, saying: O company of scholars, I would never waste My knowledge among you that I might punish you, so go now for I have forgiven you.

Source: al-Mu’jam al-Awsaṭ 4264

Grade: Hasan li ghayrihi (fair due to external evidence) according to Ibn al-Qayyim

عَنْ أَبِي مُوسَى الْأَشْعَرِيِّ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَبْعَثُ اللَّهُ الْعِبَادَ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ ثُمَّ يُمَيِّزُ الْعُلَمَاءَ فَيَقُولُ يَا مَعْشَرَ الْعُلَمَاءِ إِنِّي لَمْ أَضَعْ فِيكُمْ عِلْمِي وَأَنَا أُرِيدُ أَنْ أُعَذِّبَكُمْ اذْهَبُوا فَقَدْ غَفَرْتُ لَكُمْ

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