Disregard for Ulama - an Open Sign of Qiyaamat
-Mufti Zubair Bayat

Better dead at that time ... !
Rasulullah (sallallahu-alayhi-wasallam) made dua to Allah: "O Allah! let me not be alive and may you (O Sahabah!) also not be alive at such a time when the Aalim will not be followed, and when no respect will be shown to the wise-learned ones. The people of that time will have hearts like kuffaar and their tongues will be eloquently sweet like the tongue of the Arabs." - Targheeb (al-I’tidaal of H.Shaikh)

Will be treated like dogs
Rasulullah (sallallahu-alayhi-wasallam) said: "Such a time will come when the Ulama will be killed like dogs. If only the Ulama could become insane ...." (al-I’tidaal of H.Shaikh)

Rasulullah (sallallahu-alayhi-wasallam) said: "Such a time will come when the death of the Ulama will be more sought after than red gold" (al-I’tidaal of H.Shaikh)

Ulama will not be appreciated or valued
Rasulullah (sallallahu-alayhi-wasallam) said: "That man is not from us (Muslims) who does not respect our elders, neither shows mercy on our young ones nor appreciates the Alim (scholar of Deen amongst us)" - Targheeb (al-I’tidaal of H.Shaikh)

Sayyidina Abdullah bin Abbas (RA) says: "Whosoever harrasses any Alim has caused trouble and pain to Rasulullah (sallallahu-alayhi-wasallam) and the one who causes trouble and pain to Rasulullah (sallallahu-alayhi-wasallam) has caused trouble to Allah" (al-I’tidaal of H.Shaikh)

Covenant has taken from all Muslims to show respect to Ulama
Imam Abdul Wahhab Sha’rani (R) writes: "A covenant was made with us (Muslims) on behalf of Rasulullah (sallallahu-alayhi-wasallam) that we respect the Ulama, the saintly and the elders, whether they themselves act according to their knowledge or not. And that we shall continue to discharge their necessary rights and entrust their personal matter to Allah Ta’ala. Whosoever fails to discharge the Ulama’s rights and fails to show them the necessary respect and honour is indeed guilty of sin towards Allah and His Rasul (sallallahu-alayhi-wasallam), for the Ulama are the successors of the Ambiya (AS), the heirs of Rasulullah (sallallahu-alayhi-wasallam), the bearers of the Shariah and they are His servants. When anyone insults them, the insults set forth a chain reaction which reaches Rasulullah (sallallahu-alayhi-wasallam). This is kufr. Now think for yourself: The king appoints someone as his ambassador. The king will with attention listen to this ambassador and debar the insulter from his court. On the other hand, the king will make a favourite out of that man who showed respect and honour to his ambassador and who discharged the rights due to his emissary" (al-I’tidaal of H.Shaikh)

Anti-Ulama elements of this Ummah are like barking puppies
Rasulullah (sallallahu-alayhi-wasallam) said: "In a certain house of Bani Israeel, there was a bitch that was about to give birth to puppies. A guest arrived at the house. The bitch decided that she would not bark at the guest that night (so as to cause him trouble). However from inside the womb of the bitch, the puppies began to bark. Then Allah Ta’ala revealed: This is the example of that Ummah which will come after you. The foolish ones of that Ummah will overcome and subdue its Ulama" (Al-I’tidaal of H.Shaikh)

Beware! Rulings of kufr
Maulana Abdul Hayy (R) writes in his "Fatawa": "If the object of one who humiliates and causes pain to the Ulama is because of their knowledge of Deen, then the Fuqaha have passed a verdict of Kufr against him. If however, he has any other object then too there is no doubt in that person being a Faasiq, sinful person, worthy of Allah’s anger and deserving of His punishment in this world and the Hereafter" - (Al-I’tidaal of H.Shaikh)

Fatawa Aalamgiri states: "There is fear of kufr against that person who harbours hatred against any Alim without any acceptable, clear reason" (Al-I’tidaal of H.Shaikh)