The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “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 remains 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.” [Sahih Bukhari]
It is a sign of the nearness of the Day of Judgment that the world will be deprived of genuine religious scholars, and illiterate people will become leaders who will have neither the knowledge of the Quran nor that of the Hadith. Despite their ignorance of the Quran and Hadith, they will be called Mujtahid (jurist entitled to independent reasoning) and Imam (leader) and will mislead people with their legal opinions.
This hadith warns us against ignorant, self-styled Ulama and against entrusting religious leadership to them. Such scholars are abundantly found on T.V. these days, who make halal that which for centuries has been known to be haraam and confuse people about their Deen. The Muslim masses are also so ignorant that such “scholars” are able to find an audience and admiration while they clearly contradict the Quran and hadith.