'greatest scholar'? with due respect to his seniority - what exactly are his contributions in the field of knowledge to be termed 'greatest scholar'. anyone can claim anything but it means nothing unless there is evidence - direct or indirect. i have no problems accepting someone as a 'senior sunni figure' or even a 'senior sunni scholar' - but to be called 'greatest scholar' in europe, there should be some kind of outstanding contribution in terms of books, students, speeches, whatever. just inaugurating mosques and community work doesn't make one 'the greatest scholar'. letting children to kneel down before a kafir queen and celebrating christmas in masjids without a whimper is no sign of mufti azam's nisbat. or so i think. wAllahu a'alam. people may get offended, but knowledge is a trust - nobody's personal property. scholars should be upright and be frank and candid when it comes to the knowledge of RasulAllah sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam. --- we are a nation who invented the isnad system and the jarh-ta'adil framework - people sparing no one - not even their own teachers. all for the safeguarding of the trust. nas'alu Allah al-aafiyah.