Speaking on the essentials of human co-existence, the erudite Imam al-Shafi’i issued a fatwa stating that a Muslim cannot live in any locality bereft of a physician and a scholar. While the former tends to the physical ailments of a person, the latter heals the spiritual.
The communal obligation [fard kifaya] of Muslims is to ensure that they have qualified scholars leading their mosques by establishing and maintaining the objectives and rulings of Islam.
The coming of the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) marked a watershed in Mankind’s history—the dispatching of Prophets and Messengers to the world had been sealed by Allah. The Mercy of Allah, Most High, did not leave humanity without avail.
Inheriting the traditions of the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ), the scholars preserved, defended, and transmitted the sciences of Islam throughout the fourteen hundred years history of Islam.