The One Who Teaches Good and Evil to The People – al-Allaamah Zayd al-Madkhalee
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
The One Who Teaches Good and Evil to The People
Question Posed to al-Allaamah Zayd al-Madkhalee (may Allaah preserve him)
Translated by Abu Yusuf Khaleefah
Q. Oh noble Shaykh, may Allaah preserve you. Is the man who teaches the people some of the affairs of their religion rewarded for that while at the same time he spreads in their minds poison, partisanship and matters of innovation?
A. The one who teaches the people the legislated knowledge there is no doubt that he is rewarded. That is because the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) said:
“The one who guides to the good is similar to the one who has performed the good.” (Musnad of Ahmad)
He also said:
“Indeed Allaah, His angels, the people of the heavens and earths, even the ants in their holes and the fish at sea send the Salaah upon the one who teached the people the good.”(at-Tirmidhee/ Authenticated by Imaam al-Albaani)
He has a tremendous reward. A reward which is better than the reward of the one who gives charity with the gold and silver. That’s nothing except the virtue of knowledge and its nobility (over other than it).
As for the person being one who spreads amongst them the falsehood, this is not accepted. This is whether he spread amongst them an innovation or a mistake. All of it is considered to be from causing corruption in the earth…Therefore it is not permissible for anyone as I mentioned before to spread amongst the people the innovations which are in opposition to the Sunan. Nor is it permissible to defend the people of innovation or their books. This is from the crimes (in Islaam) and not from the affairs of bringing about rectification in no way.
Therefore take caution, take caution from inciting evil and calling the people to it. Whoever incites evil and calls the people to it then he has patterned himself after the Shaytaan and the refuge is sought with Allaah from that. Allaah has mentioned:
“The Shaytaan threatens you with poverty and commands you with the indecencies. Allaah promises you forgiveness from Him and bounty.” (al-Baqarah: 268)
Therefore those who teach the people the good they have followed their Lord and their Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam). As for those who spread amongst the people the affairs of evil, like secret organizations, Hizbiyyaaat, (evil) coalitions and matters that are in opposition which the legislation (of Islaam) does not approve of. These individuals are sinners that go about bringing evil to the people. They are calling to the Fitan. They indeed have done so and the Fitan has taken place.
This is a tremendous sin and major corruption. The door of repentance is open for every sinner. Therefore let the person repent to Allaah and praise Allaah for giving him the success to make repentance while he is still alive.
Taken from “Nuzhatul-Qaari fee Sharhi Kitaabil-’Ilm min Saheeh al-Bukhaari” pg. 206-207 By al-Allaamah Shaykh Zayd al-Madkhalee
Translated by Abu Yusuf Khaleefah USA NYC
10th day of Ramadaan/ 29th of July 2012