Question to Shaikh Saaleh Al-Fawzaan (may Allaah preserve him)
What is the ruling on the one who defends a person of innovation and says: ‘(This person) has good deeds and has given service to Islaam in such’, since this has become widespread amongst some of the callers. What is the ruling on this?
We clarify errors in order that the people may keep away from them. As for good deeds, then the knowledge of this is with Allaah and we do not have knowledge of it. Whatever his good deeds are they will not be lost and we are not a scale by which good and evil deeds are weighed. Good and evil deeds have their scale on the Day of Judgement with Allaah (The Most High).
Our intention is not to diminish the individual, rather our intention is to clarify the truth and unveil errors so that people may not fall into them. As for the personal affairs of the person, we do not enter into that. If he has good deeds, then his good deeds will not be lost with Allaah. We neither talk about his good deeds nor do we say that he has no good deeds. Allaah is more knowledgeable about his good deeds and our intention is to clarify errors in order that people do not incline towards them.
[Source: Al-Ijaabaatul Muhimmah (Vol 1, page 145)]