“Scholars are like the moon which Allah enlightens with the darkness of people’s nights. Nevertheless, this moon’s existence becomes nonexistent if there is an influence towards it from other than Allah. It is covered whenever they want and uncovered whenever they want. Consequently, its blessings vanish and its benefits are restricted. This becomes the situation when scholars are controlled by the rulers”

– Shaykh Ibrahim Rubaysh (رحمه الله)