The ink of the scholar is holier than the blood of the martyr
Fatwa No: 85115

Question

Is it true that Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) taught that "The ink of the scholar is holier than the blood of the martyr".

Answer

Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds; and may His blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all his Family and Companions.

The Hadith mentioned by the dear sister is weak. It was mentioned by al-Suyuti in his book: "al-Jami al-Saghir" and he ( al-Suyuti ) graded it as weak.
It is also mentioned by Ibn Abd al-Bar in his book: "Jamie Bayan al-'Ilm wa Fadlu". As it was also mentioned by Ibn al-Jawzi in his book: "Al-Ilal".
The words of this Hadith as reported in "al-Jami al-Saghir" are as follows:
"The ink of scholars (used in writing) is weighed on the Day of Judgement with the blood of martyrs and the ink of scholars out-weighs the blood of martyrs (Shahadah)" .
Indeed Islam emphasizes knowledge and insists on it and the Qur'an praises the scholars and the knowledge. There are many sound Hadith. Also Allah Says (interpretation of meaning): {… Say: "Are those who know equal to those who know not?" …} [39: 9].
As for the Hadith you mentioned, it is weak.
Allah knows best.

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