ALLAH said in His book:
وما كان لمؤمن ولا مؤمنة إذا قضى الله ورسوله أمراً أن يكون لهم الخيرة من أمرهم ومن يعص الله ورسوله فقد ضل ضلالاً مبيناً
Which in English means, “It is not for a believer, man or woman, when ALLAH and His Messenger have decreed a matter that they should have any option in their decision. And whoever disobeys ALLAH and His Messenger, he has indeed strayed into a plain error. (al-Ahzab 33:36)
'Abdullah bin 'Amr bin Al-'As (May ALLAH be pleased with them) reported:
I heard the Messenger of ALLAH peace and blessings of ALLAH be upon him saying: "Verily, ALLAH does not take away knowledge by snatching it from the people, but He takes it away by taking away (the lives of) the religious scholars till none of the scholars stays alive. Then the people will take ignorant ones as their leaders, who, when asked to deliver religious verdicts, will issue them without knowledge, the result being that they will go astray and will lead others astray." (Bukhari and Muslim; Related by Imaam an-Nawawi in "Riyad-us-Saaliheen,
Book 13, narration 1391; reference in unabridged Arabic copies.)
We have lost many experienced scholars in our time. And what do people do today (and even when some of them were still living?) They are on the minhaj of living by the word of the man with the hat on his head and gives rulings based on rumor and personal notions, rather than an 'Alaamah who will educate with what ALLAH said in the Qur'an and what the prophet Muhammad peace be upon him said and did, and what the prophet's companions knew from what they prophet taught them and they taught each other from those same teachings. DARE any Muslim admit that they don't their religion to be taught from Qur'an and Sunnah? What is prefered; the thoughts and mind of a so-called cleric from our communities? Are people going to discredit someone, who comes with the TRUTH, because he or she is not from the same land? All of the Muslims in the world are guilty of this. Among the Arab countries if (for example) the truth is being relayed from a Saudi, or an Egyptian, or a Lebanese, etc, to a Libyan, the said Libyan will reject the speech from the other Arab nation, albeit proven true. Pakistani communities in the world will not accept from Arab or African communities. The African-Americans will not accept from the African-American Salafi community or from the immigrant (non-American) Muslim community. The Asian communities refuse knowledge from Saudi Arabia. The cycle continues on and on because the clear authority is not recognized by the Mulsims; the Muslims have not made the Qur'an and the authentic Sunnah their authority, and this is the source of our problems.