The seekers of knowledge are of different levels:
 Mujtahid Mutlaq – those who can perform ijtihaad in all affairs;
 Mujtahid Juz’i – those who can perform ijtihaad in some areas only;
 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;
 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.