The Virtues Of A Scholar, By Bin Baaz
“The scholars who disseminated the knowledge are the chosen people and the best of people on the face of the earth. At the head of them are the Prophets and the Messengers. They are the prime example to be followed, the foundation of the da’wah, knowledge and excellence. After them are the people of knowledge at different levels: the person who is most knowledgeable with regards to Allaah, His names, His attributes and the most perfect in action and da’wah, is the closest of people to the Prophets with respect to their status and position in Paradise.
The people of knowledge are the leaders of the earth; they are the lights and lamps; they have been preferred above everyone else, they direct the people to the way of happiness, they guide them to the means of salvation, they lead them to that which pleases Allaah (swt), and to His Mercy and keep them far from that which evokes His Anger and punishment.
The scholars are the heirs of the Prophets; Imaams of the people after the Prophets; they guide and direct the people to Allaah (swt) and teach them His Deen.”
[Al-‘Ilm Wa Akhlaaqu Ahlih [Knowledge And The Characteristic Of Its People], By Bin Baaz, p. 15]