Islamic Degrees Are Not Weighty, By Ibn ‘Uthaymeen

We Do not Make Worldly Degrees our Scale in Judging Individuals

The Shaykh, al-‘Allaamah Muhammad Ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen – rahimahullaah – said in his comments to Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah’s (d.728H) book, Siyaasatush-Shar’iyyah fee Islaahir-Raa’ee war-Ra’iyyah, in the second chapter regarding the Ameer (leader) appointing the most qualified (for a specific task) then those who follow him in qualification,

“So if he (the Ameer) employs a person who has the qualification of a Ph.D; for example he had a Ph.D in fiqh and then he appointed him as a judge and it becomes clear that he does not have the fiqh that qualifies him for this position, then we say: this level of qualification he has, which he may have even gotten through cheating and deceit does not justify that he stay in the position of judging amongst the people at all. Rather, he should be removed.

Furthermore, the positions obtained because of present day degrees are not the only thing in which we judge an individual.

How many of the people do not have this degree, and if they are compared to the one who has a degree, (the one with the degree) could not fill his shoes. And the carrier of this degree would be incapable to match the one who does not have a degree. However, he (the one without the degree) is very good in fiqh and this is something witnessed.

So all in all, it is obligatory that we give positions to those who are capable with its true meaning, not just by having worldly degrees.”

[At-Ta’leeq ‘alas-Siyaasatish-Shar’iyyah, p. 40, translated by Anwar Wright]


3 Responses to “Islamic Degrees Are Not Weighty, By Ibn ‘Uthaymeen”

  1. Saeed ibn Muhammad Says:


    asalamualaykum warahmatullah

    Akhee i thought that the shaykh Al fawzan has his doctorate from

    Al Imam? (fatwa online/wikipedia)

  2. Bismillahir Rehmanir Raheem!

    I think your foot note is wrong.

    wALLAAHu subhanu wa ta’ala ‘Aalam!

    As Salaam O ‘Alaykum Wa Rehmatullaahi Wa Barakatuh!

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