Sa’id on Rulers: Beware of scholars who frequently visit rulers

Ibn Muflih reported: Sa’id ibn al-Musayyib, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “If you see a scholar become too close the rulers, beware of him for he is a thief.”

Source: al-Ādāb al-Shar’īyah 477

Ibn Abdul Barr said, “It is said that the worst rulers are far from the scholars and the worst scholars are near to the rulers.”

Source: Jāmi’ Bayān al-‘Ilm 727

عن ابن مفلح قَالَ سَعِيدُ بْنُ الْمُسَيِّبِ رحمه الله إذَا رَأَيْتُمْ الْعَالِمَ يَغْشَى الْأُمَرَاءَ فَاحْذَرُوا مِنْهُ فَإِنَّهُ لِصٌّ

477 الآداب الشرعية انقباض العلماء المتقين من إتيان الأمراء والسلاطين

وقال ابن عبد البر وَقَالُوا شَرُّ الأُمَرَاءِ أَبْعَدُهُمْ مِنَ الْعُلَمَاءِ وَشَرُّ الْعُلَمَاءِ أَقْرَبُهُمْ مِنَ الأُمَرَاءِ

727 جامع بيان العلم وفضله لابن عبد البر باب ذم العالم على مداخلة السلطان