A Brief and Insightful Acquaintance with the Importance of Returning to Those Elders Who Have Insight and Specific Knowledge Related To the Affairs
In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy
Shaikh Muhammad Bin Haadi [may Allaah preserve him] was asked whether it is important for the student of knowledge to know the [different] levels of the scholars as well as regarding what is said during the times of Fitan: ‘’We refer back to the senior scholars….’’
The Shaikh Responded saying that:
 This is emphasised and one must know the [different] levels of the scholars..
 One should be acquainted with the different levels of the scholars, likewise the different levels of the Imaams of the Sunnah and the Huffaadh are to be known- the levels of the Mujtahideen in the various Madhabs- the Mujtahideen who are qualified to make Ijtihaad in every affair of the religion in which ijtihaad is permissible, and those known to be qualified to give fataawa in the Madhabs etc
 Those who are knowledgeable in the subject matter of Fitan are to be known – those who are specialised in acquainting the people with it and this is a principle found in the sharee’ah. The Prophet [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] specified Hudhaifah (radiyallaahu-anhu) in the subject matter of Fitan and Umar (radiyallaahu-anhu) did not use to ask anyone regarding this affair; rather he used to ask Hudhaifah (radiyallaahu-anhu). This is a principle related to acquiring knowledge of fitan – you do not ask everyone; rather you ask those specialised in the affair- those who know its reports; those who pursue studies in the affair and know its signs…
 Despite the fact that Umar (radiyallaahu-anhu) was one with (great) intuition, he did not use to ask everyone among the Sahaabah (about the Fitan); rather he used to ask those who acquired knowledge about this Fitan from the Messenger of Allaah (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam). So he used to ask Hudhaifah (radiyallaahu-anhu).
 Likewise, there are those scholars who have knowledge of the affairs of fitan, who write books about it and they know its signs and its people. So they are foremost or most worthy of being referred to. Paraphrased and abridged…Listen to audio: