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DEALING WITH MISTAKES OF SUNNAH SCHOLARS





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Ibn Abdillah As-sudaisiy Al-Iloori

When we were warning ourselves not to treat the mistakes of scholars who are upon Sunnah to the best of the abilities like we treat mistakes of those who are upon bid'ah, some people were calling us names. They believed we were defending those scholars upon errors.


We have also been kicking against the evil of abusing scholars based on their perceived errors, yet some people make this their da'wah modus operandi. Even the appropriate thing is to refute people of bid'ah with knowledge and wisdom, let alone those who are well known to be striving upon Sunnah and calling to it, even though no one is perfect. Even when harshness is to be applied, it shouldn't necessarily be abusive. Harshness can be applied where appropriate without creating or fuelling fitnah.


But Alhamdulillah, the truth is now very clear that the path of abusing scholars or throwing people out of Sunnah without restraint is not sustainable because at the end of the day, almost every thrower will be thrown out too because no one is perfect. What baffles me is how some people support abuse of some scholars and when their own favourites are attacked, they are quick to defend them. I have said it severally, we are to all join hands to check the menace of abusing scholars and hasty tabdee' regardless of who is affected.


Indoctrination comes in different ways. Any student of knowledge who allows himself to be indoctrinated with the virus of abusing scholars or declaring them innovators without insight will end up in regrets. It is more dangerous when sisters are among those that are being indoctrinated these days because they are wives who will train children. Perhaps, some have started divorcing wives and husbands on account of this fitnah. To some people, you cannot be a Salafi except you join them to abuse those they abuse. You must also declare to be innovators those they have declared to be innovators for you to be a serious Salafi.


What we used to know are young men who abuse scholars here and there in the name of refutation. The ladies version has now been unravelled. I listened to a sister's audio this morning and I can't but cry for this Ummah. How did we get here? It was just a replica of the audios of a young jabatiyyah lady (that we listened to then) making takfeer of scholars without knowledge. Those who can't even pronounce some Arabic words properly are doing takfeer and tabdee'. Why can't we all know and act by our levels?


May Allāh guide us aright.


©Ibn Abdillah As-sudaisiy Al-Iloori

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