Imaam Ibn Rajab (rahimahullaah) said: Indeed we have been put to trial through the ignorance of a people who believe that some of those latecomers who speak at length (in affairs of the religion) are more knowledgeable than the predecessors (i.e. the early scholars). Amongst them is one who thinks that a (particular) individual is more knowledgeable than everyone who has preceded from amongst the Sahaabah and those who succeeded them, due to his (i.e. this individual) numerous clarifications and statements. And amongst them is one who says that (this individual) is more knowledgeable than the well- known emulated jurists. This (belief or view) is a great devaluation of the pious predecessors; an evil suspicion, and attributing ignorance and deficiency in knowledge to them.
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