Speaking Without Knowledge, By Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (Part 1)


And say not concerning that which your tongues put forth falsely; “This is lawful and this is forbidden,”…

Certainly from amongst the greatest sins is for a person to say something is halaal or haraam while he does not know Alaah’s (swt) judgement upon it…

How is it, O servant of Allaah, that you know the judgement is for Allaah alone and you put yourself before Him and say about His Religion and His Law that which you do not know?…

Many amongst the general Muslims pass religious verdicts about which they do not know. So you find them saying such-and-such is halaal or haraam, or waajib or ghayr waajib, while they know absolutely nothing about it! (1)

… Do they know if they misguide someone by making something halaal while Allaah has made it haraam or making something haraam while Allaah has made it halaal, that they draw themselves to his sins and upon them is the burden of that which he does, and that is as a result of what they passed as a religious verdict for him?…

His offense is against the Law of Allaah and deception against his Muslim brother since he has passed a religious verdict without sound knowledge.

Have you seen when someone asks you directions to a place, and you say the way is from here while in fact you do not know? Will the people not consider this to be deception on your part? Then how do you speak about the way to Jannah (Paradise) which is the Law Allaah has revealed while you know nothing about it!?

And certainly some of the teachers are but small fish compared to the scholars… (2)

If you were to hear one of them speak, it is as if revelation were descending upon him in that which he is saying with absolute authority and lack of caution. Is it not possible for him to say, ‘I do not know‘(3), with the fact that lack of knowledge is one of his true and confirmed attributes. However he insistes, based upon his ignorance, that he is knowledgeable. So as a result he harms the general Muslims, because perhaps the people have trust in what he is saying and are being deceived by him.

[Taken from ‘Kitaabul ‘Ilm (The Book Of Knowledge), by Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, Pp. 100-102]

Footnotes:

(1) Al-Qaasim Ibn Muhammad said, “That a man spends his entire life in ignorance is better for him than to issue rulings (fataawaa) without knowledge.” [Kitaabul ‘Ilm, 90]

(2) ‘Abdullaah Ibn Mas’ood said, “Verily, you are in a time in which the scholars are many and the speakers are few. And verily, there will come a time after you in which the speakers will be many and the scholars will be few.” [Kitaabul ‘Ilm, 109]

(3) Please refer to this post: The Shield Of A Scholar: “Allaahu ‘Alam. I Do Not Know”

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