The Mufti Abdul-Azīz Āl us-Shaykh on Shaykh Rabī’ bin Hādī Al-Madkhalī, Shaykh Sālih bin Fawzān Al-Fawzān & Shaykh Ahmad bin Yahyā An-Najmī

The seekers of knowledge are of different levels:

[1] Mujtahid Mutlaq – those who can perform ijtihaad in all affairs;
[2] Mujtahid Juz’i – those who can perform ijtihaad in some areas only;
[3] Scholars who are only involved in giving the strongest opinions from the statements of the mujtahideen and they do not make their own independent ijtihaad;
[4] The tullaabul ilm – who only transmit and are only listened to in affairs of general guidance.

And it is clear that the aforementioned scholars belong to the Kibaar al-Ulaama, i.e. [1]