Saying: “The Khalaf are wiser, while the Salaf are more knowledgeable.”

Question 434: A professor once stated in an Islaamic lecture that the Khalaf (later scholars) are wiser, whereas the Salaf (righteous predecessors) are more knowledgeable. Is this correct? What is meant by “more knowledgeable” and “wiser”?

Answer: This is a false statement meant to disparage the Salaf of this Ummah (nation), accuse them of lack of knowledge and wisdom, and glorify the scholars of Kalaam (a discipline that searches for answers to creedal issues using logic) for their knowledge and wisdom. Theologians were the first to make this statement, arguing that successive generations are better and more knowledgeable than preceding righteous generations... read more here.