قَالَ أَبُو أَحْمَد بْن عدي : سمعت مُحَمَّد بْن عَبْد اللَّه الصيرفي الشافعي يقول لهم ، يَعْنِي : لتلامذته : اعتبروا بهذين : حسين الكرابيسي ، وأبي ثور ، فالْحُسَيْن فِي علمه وحفظه ، وأبو ثور لا يعشره فِي علمه ، فتكلم فيه أَحْمَد فِي باب اللفظ فسقط ، وأثنى عَلَى أَبِي ثور ، فارتفع.

Abu Ahmad bin ‘Adee said: I heard Muhammad bin ‘Abdillaah as-Sairafee ash-Shaafi’ee saying to them, i.e. to his students:

Take a lesson from these two: Hasayn al-Karabeesee and Abu Thawr. The knowledge of Abu Thawr was not even a tenth of Husayn in his knowledge and memorisation – Yet [Imaam] Ahmad spoke against him (i.e. al-Karabeesee) in the issue of the utterance of the Qur’aan (whether it is created or not), so he fell [in rank] – and he praised Abu Thawr [for his adherence to the Sunnah] so he rose [in rank].

Tabaqaat ash-Shaafi’yyeen of Ibn Katheer and Tabaqaat ash-Shaafi’iyyah al-Kubraa of al-Subki.Abu Khadeejah:This is from the ways by which Allaah raises the people of Sunnah, due to their love, adherence and defence of the Haqq. They fear not the blame of the blamers, they do not cower when faced with many opposers to the truth – they cling to the Haqq regardless of whether those with them are few or many. They care not if they are abandoned by those who were once with them so long as they are upon right-guidance.

It also shows that when Allaah blesses a person with knowledge and memorisation, he is obligated to adhere to the Sunnah and not fall into misguidance and innovations, let alone calling others to the astray paths! Al-Karaabeesee had knowledge but he coupled that with misguidance, so he went astray. It did not concern Imaam Ahmad (rahimahullaah) that al-Karabeesee had knowledge – he deviated in the ‘aqeedah and called to that deviation, so Imaam Ahmad spoke against him and al-Karabeesee fell. On the other hand Abu Thawr (rahimahullaah) became an Imaam of the Sunnah due to his love and adherence to the Sunnah and the Truth – one word from Ahmad and he became elevated, even though he did not possess a tenth of the knowledge of al-Karabeesee!Likewise in our times we have the likes of Shaikh Rabee’ al-Madkhalee! May Allaah preserve him and protect him.If he speaks regarding someone, then pay attention O Salafi!

Abu Khadeejah Abdul-Waahid

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