Part 5: Rights of The Scholars- By Shaikh Muhammad Baazmool [may Allaah preserve him]
In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy
Shaikh Muhammad Baazmool [may Allaah preserve him] said:
Among the rights of the scholars is that one should contemplate on their statements and their Ijtihaad [i.e. those verdicts they give after striving- to the best of their knowledge-to reach the truth]. One should not rush to refute it [i.e. their statements and verdicts], for how many statements of a scholar is criticised by some people, whilst the evil of the criticiser [i.e. the evil he causes for himself and others] was due to an unsound understanding of the statements of the scholar or [scholars]. [End of quote] [Ref 1]
Read article to remind you about the manner in which we should deal with the scholars when they err.
Secondly, one should be reminded of the fact that Ijtihaad is to be carried out by the one who has reached that station in knowledge, in which he is considered worthy of it. Read the statement of Imaam Ash-Shafi’ee regarding when a person should start giving fataawaa.
Ref 1: Source: [في قلب الحدث مقالات متنوعة – page 40. Abridged and slightly paraphrased]