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{ وَإِذَا سَمِعُواْ مَآ أُنزِلَ إِلَى ٱلرَّسُولِ تَرَىۤ أَعْيُنَهُمْ تَفِيضُ مِنَ ٱلدَّمْعِ مِمَّا عَرَفُواْ مِنَ ٱلْحَقِّ يَقُولُونَ رَبَّنَآ آمَنَّا فَٱكْتُبْنَا مَعَ ٱلشَّاهِدِينَ }

And when they hear what has been revealed to the Messenger, you see their eyes overflow with tears because of the truth that they recognise…[Sahl] said:These were the priests and monks from whom people would seek blessings and anointment due to their knowledge of the religion. They came to the Prophet , and the Qurʾān was recited for them. They were deeply moved by it so that their eyes overflowed [with tears], and they were not haughty, due to God’s protecting them from pride. Subsequently, they entered His religion because of the knowledge of God which He had deposited within them.Then he said:The corruption of religion is in three things: when kings commit excess[es] and [follow] their lusts; when the scholars issue rulings based on concessions; and when the Qurʾān reciters worshipwithout knowledge. Truly, people need the learned (ʿulamāʾ) for their life in this world and the Hereafter. Indeed, it was related by Jābir b. ʿAbd Allāh from the Prophet that he said: ‘The people of Paradise need the learned just as much as the people need them in this world. They visit their Lord every Friday and it is said to them: “Desire anything you want”, after which they head for the scholars, who tell them, “Desire such and such a thing”, so they desire that thing.’ His words:

Tafsīr al-Tustarī, trans. Annabel Keeler and Ali Keeler
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