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Beware of this Path O Servant of Allaah- Shaykh Saalih as-Suhaymee


Beware of this Path O Servant of Allaah

Shaykh Saalih as-Suhaymee

Reference: http://www.alsoheemy.net

I would like to bring to attention, to the students of knowledge especially, an important issue related to advice. I warn you, as well as myself, from a number of issues:

Beware of ilzaamaat (the claim that if someone says A, he must believe B). Many ilzaamaat make a person imagine there is an error when, in reality, there is no error.

Beware of cutting up [and putting together or tailoring] your brother’s speech, for indeed this leads to discord with blameworthy consequences.

Beware of being hasty in judging others!

Beware of accepting rumors!

{O you who believe! If a faasiq comes to you with any news then verify it} [49:6]

And Allah the Glorified says:

{O you who believe! When you go (to fight) in the Cause of Allah, verify (the truth), and say not to anyone who greets you (by embracing Islam): “You are not a believer”; seeking the perishable goods of the worldly life} [4:94]

You must return to the major scholars in issues that are unclear to you.

Beware of being among those who try to walk before they can crawl (lit. those who are picked before they are ripe).

Beware of those who make ilzaamaat, those who are arrogant, the pseudo-scholars, and those who lack etiquette when dealing with scholars and students of knowledge.

Indeed, this is from the diseases of this time period! Indeed, this is from the diseases of this time period!

Many people are putting themselves forward in dealing with issues that they are not qualified to handle. Others have stormed through doors they are not proficient at opening, nor in dealing with what is within them.

This has resulted in differing, confusion, chaos, jealousy, division and despair; especially if these affairs are taken to other than those it should be taken to [i.e. the scholars], because indeed this is from the signs of the hour.

So beware – O servant of Allah – from traversing this path!

Beware of traversing this path! Return to the major scholars in issues that are unclear to you.

Beware of understanding your brother’s statements in a manner that is contradictory to what he intends, or in a manner that is according to your own desires. Some people are oppressive when it comes to understanding other’s statements, as they twist their speech to make it mean other than what was intended. In some cases, such a person resembles the Jews, when Allah ordered them to say ‘Hitah’ (forgive us), they said ‘Hintah’ (a grain or seed).

So beware, O servant of Allah, from traversing this path!

Relay [only] what you are certain about and what you have thoroughly understood. As for something that you are not sure about or did not thoroughly understand, then let those who are qualified deal with it and beware of trying to walk before you crawl!

Beware of being hasty in judging others!

Beware of rushing to make a judgment about your brother due to him merely making a single mistake. Some people hurriedly place a ruling on their brothers while their manhaj is one!

They make conclusions that cannot be drawn [from his speech], they apply texts as evidence where it does not apply, they use texts as evidence for things they are not evidence for, and they twist the statements of their brothers to mean what they do not really mean. They have pseudo-scholarship (ta’aalum), arrogance and harshness in their speech to a degree that cannot even be imagined.

So beware of traversing upon this path!

{Call to the way of your Lord with wisdom and fair preaching, and argue with them in a manner that is best}

Beware of twisting the statements of the scholars to mean what they did not intend. One of them would come to a noble scholar – a dignified Shaykh – and ask a seemingly knowledge-based question, but then says, “O Shaykh, what is your opinion of one who says such and such?”

The Shaykh, may Allah grant him success, then replies with a well-grounded, strong, appropriate response. This person then goes to some websites, via some of the internet’s garbage, and posts it – unjustly – with a title [like]: ‘The noble Shaykh so and so refutes so and so’. The person who is supposedly being refuted here may be a scholar or a student of knowledge upon the methodology of the scholars.

This is an extremely dangerous affair, and constitutes [blatant] distortion of the intended meanings of words. Websites are filled with this type of garbage, so beware of this. Be extremely cautious of this way! Be extremely cautious of this way!

Abandon any website that follows this path and distance yourself from it, any website that only concerned with propagating the sighar (small/minor) small in intellect [i.e. imprudent], foolish people who injure the reputations of the students of knowledge, while they cause enmity between this one and that one, as the Bedouin proverb goes:

“So and so runs with the wolves and then yells with the shepherd.”

Many people are treading this path and you will find that they are unstable and inconsistent. One day they are with so and so and the next day they are with someone else.

Beware of making rulings or your da’wah contingent upon [or centered around] personalities; because, indeed, this is a form of the loathsome hizbiyyah that we warn against, though we may fall into it without realizing.

Beware of this, and follow the path of the Salaf as-Saaleh.

Follow the methodology of our scholars in calling to Allah the Mighty and Majestic, the likes of:

Our Shaykh, Shaykh [‘Abdul ‘Azeez] ibn Baaz;
Our Shaykh [Muhammad ibn Saleh] al ‘Uthaymeen;
Our Shaykh [Muhammad] al Ameen [al Shinqitee];
Our Shaykh [Muhammad Nasiruddin] al Albaanee;
Our Shaykh Hammad [al Ansaaree];
Our Shaykh ‘Umar ibn Muhammad Falaatah;
and Shaykh Muhammad Amaan [al Jaamee] and others who have returned to their Lord; we ask Allah to have mercy upon them.

And likewise from our present day scholars:

Our esteemed Shaykh, the Mufti, Shaykh ‘Abdul ‘Azeez ibn ‘Abdullah Aal ash-Shaykh;
Our esteemed Shaykh Saleh al Fawzan;
Our esteemed Shaykh Saleh al Luhaydan;
Our esteemed Shaykh ‘Abdullah al-Ghudayan;
His Excellency Shaykh Saleh ibn ‘Abdul ‘Azeez Aal ash-Shaykh;
Our noble Shaykh ‘Abdul Muhsin al-Abbad al-Badr;
Our noble Shaykh ‘Alee ibn Naasir al-Faqihee;
Our noble Shaykh Rabee’ ibn Haadee al-Madkhalee;
Our noble Shaykh Zayd ibn Haadee al-Madkhalee;
Our noble Shaykh [Ahmad] an-Najmee, may Allah have mercy upon him, and others whom I have not mentioned as I was summarizing and due to the constriction of time.

As for us, the sighaar[1] – or some of us – beware of making them reference points for what you propagate, except those who follow the path of these scholars whom I have mentioned, or mentioned some of them. Whoever traverses upon their path we take from, but whoever deviates from their path we distance ourselves from.

Whoever seeks fame from the ilzaamaat (the claim that if someone says A, he must believe B) that they propagate, tracking others faults, injuring the reputations of their brothers, and so on, then [know that] this is an extremely dangerous affair, so distance yourself from it.

May Allaah grant all of us with beneficial knowledge and righteous actions.

And may peace and blessings be upon our prophet Muhammad, his family and companions.

Footnote:
[1] Shaykh Saalih, may Allah preserve him, is including himself out of humility, for he is from the well-known senior scholars of Madeenah.

Translator: Nadir Ahmad, Abu Abdul-Waahid

Sourced from http://www.madeenah.com

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