Tag: advise

Keep Away from the ‘Al-Aghaaleet’ and its deviant UK advocates!

Imaam Al-Awzaa’ee (rahimahullaah) said:

”If Allaah wishes to deprive a slave the blessings of knowledge [i.e. due his  (or her) own fault], Allaah places [الأغاليط] upon the tongue of that person.”(1)

[الأغاليط–they are those obscure and difficult affairs related to the religion, which a person pursues through asking questions in order to pick a quarrel, burdening oneself and harbouring an evil intention through asking questions, which leads to doubts; so quarrel becomes rife and (blameworthy) debate increases.  The one whose desire is limited to the ‘Al-Aghaaleet’ and he has no desire to seek the understanding intended by Allaah and His Messenger, and knowledge of the boundaries of the Sharee’ah that leads to fruitful deeds, then indeed he has wasted his time and has been deprived of the blessings (contained) in knowledge. (2)

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[1] [Source: Jaami Bayaanil Ilm Wa-Fadlihi of Ibn Abdul Barr (rahimahullaah) 1087]

[2] http://al-badr.net/muqolat/2693. Abridged and slightly paraphrased

Adhere to the path of those who have passed away and it will save you from that unhealthy love of personalities

Abdullah ibn Mas‘ood (radiyallaahu-anhu) said:

Whoever wants to adhere to a path, then let him adhere to the path of the one who has passed away, for indeed the ones who are alive are not safe from trial, and they (i.e. those who have passed away) are Muhammad’s Companions. They were the best of this Ummah; the ones with the most righteous hearts, the most perfect in knowledge and the most uncomplicated. Allah selected them to accompany His Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) and to establish His religion. Therefore, acknowledge their status, follow their footsteps and cling as much as you can to their pattern of behaviour and attitude because they traversed true guidance.

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[Source: Jaami Bayaan Al-Ilm Wa Fadlihi 2/947]

Imaam Al-Barbahaaree said: Whoever Dies Unknown upon the Sunnah is indeed a truthful witness

Imaam Barbahaaree (rahimahullaah) said that Abul Aaliyah (rahimahullaah) said:

Whoever dies unknown upon the Sunnah is indeed a truthful witness.  It is said clinging to the Sunnah is salvation’

Shaikh Saaleh al Fawzaan commented on the above saying: The Siddeeq (the truthful one) is the one given to much truthfulness and his status is at a level after that of the  Prophets. So the station of Truthfulness is a lofty station and what is intended by it is adherence to truthfulness in speech and action.  The Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) made known who the Truthful One is by saying: ‘A man keeps on telling the truth until he becomes a Truthful Person’

He (i.e. the siddeeq) is truthful himself and is eager for truthfulness regarding what the people relate to him.  He does not go along with everything he hears or whatever is said, rather he verifies and is eager for truthfulness because he is a truthful person.  He neither narrates nor utter except the truth.  This is the Siddeeq (The Truthful One).

And concerning the statement: ‘whoever dies upon the Sunnah.’

Shaikh Saaleh Al-Fawzaan comments saying:  That is to cling to Islaam and what is intended by As-Sunnah is ‘Islaam’.   Islaam is the Sunnah and whoever dies upon it Unknown and there appeared nothing from him in opposition to (that), then indeed he dies as a truthful person.

And concerning his statement: ‘Clinging to the Sunnah is Salvation’; that is: clinging to the Sunnah is safety from Fitan and Punishment, and for this reason he (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said: ‘whosoever lives amongst you will see lots of differences, so stick to my Sunnah and the Sunnah of the Rightly Guided Khulafaa.’

Allaah (The Most High) said:

وَاعْتَصِمُوا بِحَبْلِ اللَّهِ جَمِيعًا وَلَا تَفَرَّقُوا

‘And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allaah, and be not divided among yourselves’[3:103]

And Allaah (The Most High) said:

وَأَنَّ هَٰذَا صِرَاطِي مُسْتَقِيمًا فَاتَّبِعُوهُ ۖ وَلَا تَتَّبِعُوا السُّبُلَ فَتَفَرَّقَ بِكُمْ عَن سَبِيلِهِ

‘And verily, this is my Straight Path, so follow it, and follow not (other) paths, for they will separate you away from His Path.’ [6:153]

This is the advice of Allah and that of His Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam), and that is to adhere and cling to Sunnah.

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[Source: It’haaful Qaaree Bitta’liqaat Alaa Sharhis Sunnah Lil Imaam Barbahaaree (rahimahullaah), Vol:2 page:313-314]

 

A Warning against Supporting the Evil Actions of the People

Imaam Barbahaaree (rahimahullaah) said:

”He who loves the deeds of a people, good or bad, is just like the one who commits them.”

Shaikh Saaleh Al-Fawzaan (may Allaah preserve him) commented saying:

He who loves the deeds of a people is just like one who commits them; so if those (deeds) are good he gets a reward similar to theirs. And if those (deeds) are bad he bears the burden and sin similar to theirs. And Allaah’s Aid is sought!

And due to this it has been reported regarding the one who wishes to be like the scholar who teaches the people good will receive a reward similar to that of (that Scholar).  And the one who wishes to be like the rich person who spends his wealth in the path of Allah will receive a reward similar to that of (that rich person) in accordance with his intention.

Likewise, the opposite of this is the one who wishes to be like the criminal and the people of sin, (and) wishes to be their partners in sin or give support to their views and hold it to be true; he is like them even if he did not commit an act similar to theirs, (but) solely (due to the fact that) he held their views to be correct and took their side.

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[Source: It’haaful Qaaree Bitta’liqaat Alaa Sharhis Sunnah Lil Imaam Barbahaaree; Vol: 2, page: 113-114)]

Ask Allaah For Tawfeeq and take a Stance Against The Hizbiyyoon Based on Sound Principles, Rather Than Running Away From Your Responsibilities

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy

In a refutation against the Murji Mubtadi Ali Halabi, the author stated: [1]

So this group (i.e. those who say keep quiet) within the third group (i.e. those who keep quiet about Halabi because his deviations have not reached them) think that Halabi’s affair is a differing that has occurred between the Mashaayikh of Ahlus Sunnah and that it is neither befitting to get involved nor speak against anyone among them.   We remind these people that refraining from entering into fitna is something employed when truth is hidden and affairs are obscure, and when one is unable to grasp the true reality of the affairs.  However, when truth is manifested and the state of affairs is clarified it now becomes impermissible for a person to refrain; rather he is required to aid the truth and its people; and he is required to reject falsehood and the mistakes of its people.

Al-Allaamah Muhammad Bin Haadee Al-Madkhali (may Allaah preserve him and prolong his life upon goodness) was asked about the affair of refraining from fitna when it occurs and the ruling of the Islamic legislation in that regard; so the Shaikh (may Allaah preserve him and prolong his life upon goodness) stated that refraining from entering into a fitna is with regards to a fitna in which truth is not distinguished from falsehood—the fitan that is bewildering about which the Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) has clarified and in which a mujtahid is not left with any room to perform Ijtihaad.  So in such a case a person sticks to the Jamaa-ah (i.e. the main body of Muslims upon the correct methodology) and their Imaam (i.e. the Muslim Ruler).  And if there is neither the Jamaa-ah (i.e. a group of Muslims upon the correct methodology) nor an Imaam (i.e. a Muslim Ruler), the Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) commanded a person to abandon all the groups and sects.   But all praise be to Allaah the Jamaa-ah is present, the Imaam is present and the scholars are present and widespread among us.

As for refraining from clarifying the affairs to the people, then this is not what is intended by the hadeeth of the Prophet—refrainment is only employed when none listens to you; rather everyone seeks to aid his own opinions and is amazed with themselves, and there is no one to guide the people to the truth.  As for the affair of clarifying the truth to the people this is something sought after, but this clarification is of two types:

  1. Specific Clarification: This is what is carried out by a student of knowledge when there is a need in doing so in accordance with his ability, knowledge and awareness.
  2. Universal Clarification Given To Everyone: This is given to the general public in affairs of universal public safety and well-being which may result in trials.  This clarification is to be given by a person whose speech carries an impact and what he says will draw the attention of the people, and will carry an effect and benefit by the permission of Allaah.

And this does not mean that we have now become scholars when we do this; No! No! No! Rather we clarify what we know in accordance with our ability and when it becomes obligatory to do so.

Therefore with this clarification of Shaikh Muhammad Bin Haadee (may Allaah preserve him and prolong his life upon goodness) we come to realise the mistake of those who think that the differing between the group of scholars [i.e. Shaikh Ahmad An-Najmi, Shaikh Ubaid Al-Jaabiriy, Shaikh Zaid Al-Madkhali and others] and the maintainers of Markaz Albaanee [in Jordan (i.e. Halabi, Mash-hoor Hasan and others)] is a differing between the people of knowledge, or that it is a differing similar to that which took place between the scholars of the earlier generations, or that it is a differing between contemporaries.  This view is erroneous.

And among the strange affairs of those confused ones is that they think that this differing is similar to the differing that took place between Ali and Mu-aawiyyah (radiyallaahu-anhumaa).  So they see themselves as being in a situation similar to that of Sa’d Bin Abee Waqqaas and the other Sahaabah (radiyallaahu-anhum) during the fitna between Ali and Mu-aawiyah (radiyallaahu-anhumaa).  Indeed, this stance of theirs is a mistake because there were unclear affairs in that fitna, and it was not a fitnah that occurred due to ignorance in the religion; rather it was a dispute that was specific to them and has nothing to do with our affairs.  This is why we have been commanded to refrain from speaking about it, because there is no benefit for us in speaking about it; rather it may cause the hearts to harbour rancour towards those pure souls (i.e. the Sahaabah).  And even though Ali (radiyallaahu-anahu) was closer to the truth than Mu-aawiyah (radiyallaahu-anhu), however the fighting that took place between them was incorrect and this is the view of Ahlus Sunnah Wal-Jamaa-ah.

As for the contemporary differing, they are issues specifically related to us in the fundamental affairs of our Religion and not the issues of the worldly life.  Likewise, the differing between us is a differing between those traversing the straight path and aiding the sound fundamental principles of Ahlus Sunnah in opposition to those upon desires, and those in opposition to the truth and aiding ahlul bidah.  Also the truth has already been manifested, so it is not befitting to keep quiet or refrain from taking a stance.

Therefore, we should not have a bigoted partisanship towards personalities, rather we should be amongst those who exalt the truth even if that goes against someone we love and hold in high esteem; because if we merely look at the status of personalities and their efforts in knowledge, we will not be able to distinguish between truth and falsehood.  Therefore, it is incumbent upon a Salafi to exalt the truth, clarify it and aid its people; and he has to reject falsehood, warn against it and forsake its people.  A salafi should not remain like one who sways here and there and not knowing which group is upon guidance.  Allaah (The Most High) said:

مُذَبْذَبِينَ بَيْنَ ذَٰلِكَ لَا إِلَىٰ هَٰؤُلَاءِ وَلَا إِلَىٰ هَٰؤُلَاءِ ۚ وَمَنْ يُضْلِلِ اللَّهُ فَلَنْ تَجِدَ لَهُ سَبِيلًا

“(They are) swaying between this and that, belonging neither to these nor to those, and he whom Allah sends astray, you will not find for him a way (to the truth).’’ [Soorah An-Nisaa: Ayah: 143]

Rather it is obligatory upon a Salafi to be upon clear-sightedness in his religious affairs and to be alert during times in which falsehood is made to appear as truth.  He should have one face and one tongue in all his gatherings.  He should aid the truth and reject falsehood, and he does not fear the blame of the blamers.  He should be careful of becoming one who wishes to mix truth with falsehood, guidance and misguidance and light and darkness.  A man came to Imaam Al-Awzaa’ee (rahimahullaah) and said: “A man says: “I sit with Ahlus Sunnah and I sit with ahlul bidah’’; so Imaam Awzaa-ee (rahimahullaah) said: “This man wishes to equate truth with falsehood.’’  Imaam ibn Battah (rahimahullaah) commented on this statement saying: ‘’Indeed, Al-Awzaa-ee spoke the truth; this man neither knows the difference between truth and falsehood nor between Eemaan and Kufr etc.’’

And if it is the case that these type of people were numerous during the time Imaam Ibn Battah (rahimahullaah), then what about this era.  We ask Allaah to aid us with the truth and keep us away from falsehood.  We ask Him to protect us from the hypocrisy of the hypocrites and from being unstable in our religion.  We seek His protection from being amongst those who are confused or those who have two faces or two tongues.

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[1] Slightly Paraphrased and abridged. Source: Al-Baraaheen Al-Ateedah Fee Kashfi Ahwaal Wa-Taseelaat Ali Al-Halabi Al-Jadeedah: page 54-65. Revised by al-Allaamah Rabee Bin Haadi. Download Arabic Pdf here: http://www.sahab.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=122127

[2] Principles We Must Revise and Apply in Stoke -on- Trent, and Do Not say, ‘’It does not concern me.’’

Question to Al-Allaamah Rabee Bin Haadi Al-Madkhali (may Allaah preserve him)

Are the affairs of Jarh Wat-Tadeel based on Ijtihaad? And how do we refute the one who says, ‘’I am not obliged to (take/accept) the speech of such and such a Shaikh?!

 Answer:

A group amongst the schemers against the Salafi Methodology and those who wear a false garment of Salafiyyah seek to place in the affair of Jarh Wat-Tadeel (the false principle): ”We rectify but we do not disparage;” (and the false principle): ”We want a broad and extensive methodology that will accommodate all the Ummah”; (and the false principle): ‘’We rectify but we do not destroy;” Meaning: Neither evil nor bidah is repelled; rather all the Ummah are accommodated in a board and extensive methodology to the extent that even the Raafidah (shia) are accommodated.  So these people begin to make false accusations against the science of Jarh Wat-Tadeel and against those (i.e. the scholars) who establish it.  Some of these false accusers have gone as far as saying that there is no proof in the Qur’aan and the Sunnah to establish the science of Jarh Wat-Tadeel!

Indeed, the Qur’aan is filled with the proofs of Jarh Wat-Tadeel—the people of pharaoh have been refuted and disparaged; the people of Prophet Nooh have been refuted and disparaged; the people of Prophet Hud have been refuted and disparaged; the people of Prophet Saaleh have been refuted and disparaged; the Quraish have been refuted and disparaged and Abu Lahab has been refuted and disparaged.  The Sunnah and the methodology of the Salaf are filled with Jarh Wat-Tadeel and it is a weapon against the people of innovation.  These people promoting such false principles want to break this ‘Jarh Wat-Tadeel Weapon’ into pieces, and they want to deprive the Salafis of this ‘Jarh Wat-Tadeel Weapon’ which is traced back to the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam).

So a person comes along and wages war against the science of Jarh Wat-Tadeel; then a second person comes along and wages war against the science of Jarh Wat-Tadeel; then a third person comes along and wages war against the science of Jarh Wat-Tadeel; then a fourth one comes along and wages war against the science of Jarh Wat-Tadeel……..then a tenth person comes along and wages war against the science of Jarh Wat-Tadeel and they are all followed by crowds!! Therefore be warned against these people, for they wear a false gown of Salafiyyah in order to split the Salafis through these false principles and precepts.

A person commits murder and was seen by two trustworthy witnesses; then these two witnesses are summoned in the presence of the ruler who applies the Islamic rulings; so what will he judge with?  He should judge by the law of Islam and if not then he has opposed the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah Allaah’s Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam).    Allaah (The Most High) said:

وَأَشۡہِدُواْ ذَوَىۡ عَدۡلٍ۬ مِّنكُمۡ

”And take for witness two just persons from among you (Muslims).” [65:2]

The evidence for giving witnesses and the evidences for Jarh Wat-Tadeel are one and the same thing.  As for the untrustworthy person, then his narration is not accepted. Likewise, the liar- the deceiver- whose speech cannot be determined for its correctness, then his testimony is not accepted. Neither his criticism nor commendation of a person is accepted.  However, if he is a scholar who is precise and skilful, and he says about a person: ”Such and such a person is a liar”; then it is obligatory upon the people to accept his speech.  The Salaf followed this methodology, (such as their saying): ”such and such is a liar”; ”such and such has a bad memory”; ”such and such is an innovator”; ”such and such is a murji”; ”such and such is a khaariji”; ”such and such is a mutazili” etc   These statements have been made by Imaam Ahmad, Imaam Ibn Ma’een, Imaam Ibn Al-Madeenee, Imaam Bukhaaree etc.  This the path followed by the Salaf; and why is that the case? That is because Allaah commanded us to accept the narration of the trustworthy narrators.  Allaah (The Most High) said:

يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوٓاْ إِن جَآءَكُمۡ فَاسِقُۢ بِنَبَإٍ۬ فَتَبَيَّنُوٓاْ

”O you who believe! If a rebellious evil person comes to you with a news, verify it.” [49:6]

Clarification and verification is to be sought when a rebellious evil person narrates; the narration of a rebellious evil person is not declared a lie straight away because it may be correct; but it is not accepted until it is verified.

As for the narration of a trustworthy person–as long as he is trustworthy and precise in what he narrates from the Messenger of Allaah (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam), then it is obligatory to accept his narration.  The Books of the Sunnah are filled with the narrations of those truthful narrators—a truthful person reports from another truthful person with a chain of transmission going back to the Messenger of Allaah (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam). However, these people who are seeking to attack the science of Jarh Wat-Tadeel with their false principles want to abolish the sound principles upon which our Religion is established.

Many of the Ahaadeeth of the Messenger of Allaah (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam), the transmissions from the companions (radiyallaahu-anhum) and the transmissions from the Imaams of the Sunnah were transmitted from one trustworthy person to another trustworthy person… and it obligatory to accept them, due to the saying of Allaah (The Most High): [وَأَشۡہِدُواْ ذَوَىۡ عَدۡلٍ۬ مِّنكُمۡ ]—”And take for witness two just persons from among you (Muslims).”

And with regards to transmission of information, then the information transmitted by one person is sufficient; because the Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) used to send one person to Chosroes (i.e. the Emperor of Persia) to call him to Islaam and establish the proofs against him.

And he (sallal-laahu-alayhi-sallam) sent one person to Caesar, King of Rome to call him to Islaam and establish the proofs against him.  The people used to enter Islaam through the message of this one trustworthy-truthful person sent by the Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam).  And if they rejected Islaam and refused to follow the Messenger of Allaah (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) based on the information transmitted by this one trustworthy-truthful person, he (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) prepared an army against them. The Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) prepared an army for the battle of Tabuk against the Romans based on the fact that they rejected the call to Islaam which was communicated to them by one person.

He (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) sent individuals to Bahrain, Oman and Yemen and their narrations were accepted; so how about in this present time of ours when there are ten or fifty Salafi (scholars) who are in agreement regarding a particular affair; however their narrations are rejected; and those who reject them, say: ‘’There has to be a consensus of all the scholars.’’  And from the false principles of these people is that they say: ‘’we neither accept criticism against a person nor a praise for him even if many of the contemporary scholars say that such a person is an innovator.’’ 

Therefore be warned against these people, because they make a claim to Salafiyyah, whilst seeking to destroy the Salafi Methodology—its principles and foundations.  How many false precepts do they have, such as their saying: ‘’I am not obliged to (take/accept) the speech of such and such a Shaikh?!’’  You find a scholar quoting and refuting the affairs of misguidance found in the Book of such and such a person, in such and such page; yet you find these people saying: ‘’I am not obliged to (take/accept) the speech of such and such a Shaikh?!’’

This statement of theirs is a principle by way of which they seek to shun and reject truth.  It is a false principle by way of which they seek to reject the sound principles of Jarh Wat-Tadeel.  Therefore, learn the sound principles of Jarh Wat-Tadeel and look to the methodology of the Salaf; and leave alone those who misguide. They bring turmoil upon the true religion of Allaah and upon the Methodology of the Salaf and its followers. [2]

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[1] See page 26 in the Pdf on this link:  http://www.sahab.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=127155

[2] Source: Slightly Paraphrased from a lecture of the Shaikh delivered on Yawm Al-Khaamis 28 Shawaal 1431

محاضرة مشتركة بين الشيخ ربيع والشيخ علي بن ناصر الفقيهي حفظهما الله تعالى يوم الخميس 28 شوال 1431 هـ

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No sensible person would desire this for himself/herself

Allaah (The Most High) said:

فَلْيَحْذَرِ الَّذِينَ يُخَالِفُونَ عَنْ أَمْرِهِ أَن تُصِيبَهُمْ فِتْنَةٌ أَوْ يُصِيبَهُمْ عَذَابٌ أَلِيمٌ

And let those who oppose the Messenger’s (Muhammad) commandment (i.e. his Sunnah legal ways, orders, acts of worship, statements, etc.) beware, lest some Fitnah befall them or a painful torment be inflicted on them. [24:63]

Reminders from Imaam Ibnul Jawzi (rahimahullaah)

There are three statements of the scholars regarding the Fit’nah intended in this Ayah: Ibn Abbaas (radiyallaahu-anhumaa) said that this fitnah is ‘misguidance’; Mujaahid (rahimahullaah) said that it is ‘tribulation in the worldly life’; Muqaatil and As-Sadiy (rahimahumallaah) said that it is ‘disbelief’

And there are two statements of the scholars regarding the punishment intended in this Ayah: It is either the presence of ‘killing in this worldly life’ or punishment in the hell fire in the afterlife.

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Abridged and paraphrased. See Zaadul Maseer of Imaam Ibnul Jawzi (rahimahullaah)

Musa (alayhis-salaam) advised them with a great affair!

Allaah (The Most High) said:

وَقَالَ مُوسَىٰ يَا قَوْمِ إِن كُنتُمْ آمَنتُم بِاللَّهِ فَعَلَيْهِ تَوَكَّلُوا إِن كُنتُم مُّسْلِمِينَ

فَقَالُوا عَلَى اللَّهِ تَوَكَّلْنَا رَبَّنَا لَا تَجْعَلْنَا فِتْنَةً لِّلْقَوْمِ الظَّالِمِينَ

وَنَجِّنَا بِرَحْمَتِكَ مِنَ الْقَوْمِ الْكَافِرِينَ

And Musa (Moses) said: “O my people! If you have believed in Allah, then put your trust in Him if you are Muslims (those who submit to Allah’s Will).” They said: “In Allah we put our trust. Our Lord! Make us not a trial for the folk who are Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doing) (i.e. do not make them overpower us). And save us by Your Mercy from the disbelieving folk.” [10:84-86]

Reminders from Imaam Sadi (rahimahullaah)

They asked their Lord not to put them to trial-neither by way of being placed under the authority of a people who would then put them to trial, nor to be defeated and then they fall into trial, saying: Had we been upon the truth we would not have been defeated.

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Abridged and paraphrased. See Tayseer Al-Kareem Ar-Rahmaan Fee Tafseer kalaam al-Mannaan of Imaam Sadi (rahimahullaah)

There is no unrestricted partisanship to anyone besides the Messenger of Allaah

Al-Allaamah Zayd Bin Haadi Al-Madkhali (rahimahullaah) stated:

There is no (unrestricted) partisanship except to the Messenger of Allaah (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) because he is infallible and never speaks out of his desires. As for unrestricted partisanship to personalities whether they are correct or mistaken, then indeed this is not permissible for the seeker of knowledge.  On the other hand, he should look to such and such Shaikhs as to which of them is upon uprightness and is following the Manhaj of the Salaf. This is the one whom we place our hands on his hands- not out of blameworthy blind following, rather due to the fact that he is upon the truth. So we agree with him upon truth and follow a singular path in obedience to the statement of Allaah (The Mighty and Majestic):

[وَأَنَّ هَٰذَا صِرَاطِي مُسْتَقِيمًا فَاتَّبِعُوهُ ۖ وَلَا تَتَّبِعُوا السُّبُلَ فَتَفَرَّقَ بِكُمْ عَن سَبِيلِهِ ]

“And verily, this is my Straight Path, so follow it, and follow not (other) paths, for they will separate you away from His Path. 6:153

As for the one who selects Shaikhs, leaders and guides, whilst being in agreement with them- in what is correct and wrong- to the extent that they do not leave their Manhaj whether they are correct or wrong, then these are the people who bring evil upon themselves and upon others. And if they do not repent, then they are most worthy of being blamed. So the affair-and all praise belongs to Allaah- is clear and it is not permissible for a person to be in confusion regarding this affair.

Therefore, we are with those who follow the straight path-we follow a singular path which Allaah (The Mighty and Majestic) has commanded us to follow and which the messenger called us to. And those you follow the wrong path or are mistaken in many of their affairs, or in some of their affairs, we leave him (i.e. we leave his mistakes or abandon him when he deserves to be boycotted). None is followed in everything except the Messenger of Allaah (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam). As for the people, then indeed they can be correct or mistaken. Indeed, we do not follow them and we do not follow their footsteps solely because they are Shaikhs, Callers to Islaam, leaders or guides; rather you should be with the people of the Salafi Manhaj-those who follow the correct manhaj and correct understanding.

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[العقد المنضد الجديد في الإجابة على مسائل في الفقه والمناهج والتوحيد -(page:144) ]