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The Importance Of Having More Than One Shaykh

Posted in Knowledge with tags , , , , , , , on April 20, 2016 by TheAuthenticBase

Ayyoob said: “If one wants to know the mistake of his teacher he ought to frequent other teachers as well.” [Daarimee, 1/153]

Ibn Al-Mubaarak said: “To reach an authentic statement, one needs to compare the words of scholars which each other.” [Al-Khateeb Al-Baghdaadee, Jaami, 193]

When Ibn Uyaynah delivered his lectures on hadeeth, he was questioned by students whenever he differed from his colleague (Imaam) Maalik. [Humaidee, 226, 238, 281, 934]


Correcting Your Intention When Criticising, By Ibn Rajab

Posted in Biddah / Innovation, Brothers Base with tags , , , , , , , , on April 20, 2015 by TheAuthenticBase

Ibn Rajab said:

“As for the inner affairs, then if one’s intention in doing that (criticism) is to just clarify the truth so that the people will not be deceived by the saying of someone who erred in his opinions, then there is no doubt that this individual will be rewarded for his intention. And by doing this with this intention, he falls into the category of being from those who show sincerity to Allaah, His Messenger, the leaders of the Muslims and their common folk…

But if the intention of the one refuting is to expose the faults of the one being refuted and to debase him and manifest his ignorance and shortness of knowledge, then this is forbidden whether the refutation is done in the presence of the one being refuted or in his absence, or whether it is done during that person’s lifetime or after his death.

This type of action falls under the acts which Allaah condemns in His book and which he threatens the one who does it, concerning his slander and backbiting.

It also falls into the statement of the Prophet (saw):

O you group of people that believe with your tongues but not with your hearts! Do not abuse the Muslims nor seek after their faults, for indeed, he who seeks after their faults, Allaah will seek after his faults. And whoever has Allaah seek after his faults, he will expose them, even if he may have committed them in privacy of his own home.

All of this talk is with respect to the scholars that are followed in the religion. As for the people of innovation and misguidance and those who imitate the scholars but are not from them, then it is permissible to expose their ignorance and manifest their deficiencies, in order to warn others against following them.”

[Al-Farq Bayna An-Naseeha Wat-Ta’yeer, p.30-33]

Not Being Quick To Criticize The Scholars

Posted in Adab (Manners), Knowledge with tags , , , , , , , on December 27, 2013 by TheAuthenticBase

Regarding having etiquettes with the scholars, Shaykh ‘Umar Baazmool said:

“Deeming his knowledge, precision, and his opinion to be reliable. It is reached with reflection, pondering, the best opinion, and accusing oneself of misunderstanding.

He should not undertake refuting him or debating him before that. If he must do so, he does not precede until he has verified it, sought advice, and prayed istikhaarah.

Then he presents what he must to his shaykh with gentleness and manners without viewing himself to have any virtue since his shaykh has enough virtue in his knowledge and understanding to be able to realise what he has realised.”

Elsewhere he mentions:

“From their rights is reflecting upon their statements and ijtihaad without rushing to criticize it. How many statements of the scholars were criticized by some of the people and the criticizer had an incorrect understanding of their speech! How many have found fault with a correct statement, and his illness was a faulty understanding.”

[Taken from “Interaction With The Scholars” p. 77 & 84]

Finding Excuses For Your brothers

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , on April 24, 2012 by TheAuthenticBase

‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab said:

“Do not think about a word that exits from a Muslim’s mouth except that you interpret it in the best manner.” [Ameelah of Al-Muhaamilee, p.395]

Muhammad Ibn Sireen said:

“If something reaches you about your brother, then search for an excuse for him. If you do not find an excuse for him, then make an excuse for him.” [Al-Jaami’ Li Shu’ab Al-Eemaan, 14/441]

Ja’far Ibn Muhammad said:

“If something that you dislike reaches you about your brother then search for one excuse for him up to seventy excuses. If it hits the mark, (then good). If not, then say, ‘Perhaps he has an excuse that I am not aware of.‘ ” [Al-Jaami’ Li Shu’ab Al-Eemaan, 14/442]

When Scholars Err, By Ibn Al-Qayyim

Posted in Brothers Base, Killing The Fitna, Knowledge with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 24, 2012 by TheAuthenticBase

Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

“The one who has knowledge of Islam and experience of life will know for certain that the prominent man who bas served Islam and done righteous deeds, who holds a prominent position in Islam and among the people of Islam, may slip and make mistakes, but he may be excused for his mistake; indeed, he may be rewarded for his efforts to make the right decision.

Therefore, it is not permissible to follow him in that mistake; at the same time, it is not permissible to weaken his position and status in the hearts of the Muslims.”

[A’laam Al-Muwaqqi’een, 3/283]

Exposing Others’ Sins, Part 2

Posted in Brothers Base, Killing The Fitna, Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2011 by TheAuthenticBase

Aboo Ja’far Muhammad Ibn ‘Alee said:

“It is a sufficient portion of defect for a person to clearly see from the people [of mistakes and shortcomings] that which he is blind of from his own self…” (1)

Hasan said:

The believer is the mirror of his brother, if he sees something that he is not pleased with, he straightens it out and adjusts it, and protects his honor in private and public.” (2)

‘Abdullaah Ibn Muhammad Ibn Manaazil saod:

“The Believer seeks excuses for his brothers, and the hypocrite seeks the mistakes for his brothers.” (3)

Bakr Ibn ‘Abdillaah Al-Muzanee said:

“Treat your brothers well despite their shortcomings that they have, just as you like for them to treat you [well] despite the shortcomings that you have. Everyone that you see making a mistake or mishap should not fall from your sight, for surely you are most deserving of this yourself.” (4)


(1) Al-Hilyah, 3/188

(2) Al-Ikhwaan Of Ibn Abid Dunyaa, p. 55

(3) Ash-Shu’ab, 7/11197

(4) At-Tawbeekh of Abush Shaykh, p.54

What The Salaf Said About Seeking Knowledge

Posted in Knowledge with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 5, 2011 by TheAuthenticBase

Ibn Abee Ghassaan said, “So long as you are seeking knowledge, you are knowledgeable, but as soon as you abandon this pursuit, you become ignorant.”

Imaam Maalik said, “No one who has knowledge should stop seeking knowledge.

Ibn Al-Mubaarak was asked, “How long will you seek knowledge?

So he replied, “Until I die, for probably I have not yet learnt the things that will benefit me most.

Aboo ‘Amr Ibn Al-‘Alaa’ was asked, “For how long does it befit a man to seek knowledge?

He replied, “For as long as he has life in him.

Sufyaan Ath-Thawree was asked, “Who is the most in need of seeking knowledge?

He replied, “Those who have the most knowledge.

He was then asked, “Why?

So he replied, “Because if they make a mistake, it is worse.