In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy
Ustaadh Uwais At-Taweel (may Allaah preserve him) delivered an excellent rebutted against Shadeed Muhammad for his devilish insinuations against the ulama; so we remind Shadeed and his misguided party as follows…..The Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said: ”The Ulama are the inheritors of the Prophets.”
Imaam Ibnul Qayyim (rahimahullaah) said:
This is from the greatest virtues of the people of knowledge; for indeed the Prophets are the best amongst Allaah’s creation, therefore their inheritors are the best amongst the creation. And when it is the case that every giver of inheritance is to pass inheritance to his inheritor, then the scholars are the ones who take up the responsibility of the Prophets after their departure. There is none to take up the responsibility of the Prophets in propagating that which the Prophets were sent with except the scholars. They are the most worthy amongst the people to receive this inheritance from the Prophets.
In this is a notification that the scholars are the closest to the Prophets amongst the people, for indeed inheritance is received by the person who is closest to the one who gives it. And just as this is established in worldly inheritance and inheritance of Daraahim (i.e. money), likewise it is the case with regards to inheritance of the (knowledge and responsibility left behind by the) Prophets. And Allaah chooses for His Mercy whom He wills….
Imam Sadi (rahimahullaa) stated:
They [i.e. (the upright) scholars and teachers] are the mediators between the Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) and his Ummah with regards to propagation of his religion and clarification of his sharee-ah. Had it not been for these ones, the people would have been like cattle. Their rights are greater than the rights of the fathers and the mothers; for indeed they nurture the souls and hearts of the slaves upon the beneficial sciences and sound knowledge. They are the ones who guide the Ummah in the fundamental and subsidiary affairs of their Religion. They return them to the rulings pertaining to the rights and dealings that are incumbent upon a person to fulfil, just as they return them to the affairs pertaining to affairs of worship. Through them the Book and the Sunnah are established; truth is made clear truth from falsehood, guidance as opposed to misguidance, the lawful as opposed to the unlawful, good as opposed to evil, and rectification as opposed to corruption. They are of varying ranks, in accordance with what they establish of knowledge, teaching and benefit- great or small. They have great rights (to be fulfilled) by the Ummah and are in possession of a sublime status.
Therefore, the people must have love and respect for them. They must recognize their excellence and virtue, and thank them greatly. They are to supplicate for them in private and public, and seek nearness to Allaah by having love for them and praising them. They are to proclaim their excellence, and guard the hearts and the tongues against insulting them, which when present would tarnish their excellence.  [End of quote]
So may Allaah guide Shadeed Muhammad or humiliate him. Aameen
 Abridged and slightly paraphrased…Mih-taah Daarus Sa’aadah 1/63-68
For further details, see: Noorul Basaa-ir Wal Albaab Fee Ahkaamil Ibaadaat Wal-Mu-aamalaat Wal Huqooq Wal Aadaab, page: 57-58)]