O Students Of Knowledge, Do Not Become Corrupted
‘Abbaad Ibn ‘Abbaad Al-Khawwaas Ash-Shaamee (d. 114H) said:
“If only the monks and rabbis had not feared loosing their positions and corrupting their status, by establishing and clearly explaining the Book, they would not have twisted it and concealed it.
But when they contradicted the Book with their actions, they tried to deceive their people concerning what they were doing.
They feared that their own positions would be blackened and that their corruption would become clear to the people. So they twisted the explanations of the Book, and wherever they could not twist it, they concealed it.
Hence they stayed silent about what they were doing, in order to maintain and preserve their positions. And they stayed silent about what their people were doing, in order to flatter them and go along with them.”