Don’t get fooled by everyone who begins to teach, and thinking that he is qualified enough to take knowledge from – Shaykh Ahmad Bazmool
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Shaykh Dr. Ahmad Bazmool, may Allah protect him, said:
I would like to alert my salafee brothers in every place about a dangerous issue. The issue is as follows: It’s them being fooled by everyone who begins to teach, and thinking that he is qualified enough to take knowledge from.
So, if they see that he’s a person who writes on salafee websites, they think he’s Salafee;
If they see that he has books, they think he’s Salafee;
If they see that he gives sermons, uses complex speech, and uses eloquent phrases, they think he’s Salafee;
If they see that he gathers the youth and encourages them to memorize at-taweed, al-Usool ath-Thalaathah, and that he teaches them these types of affairs, they think he’s Salafee;
If they see that he is a teacher at a university, they think he’s Salafee;
If they see that he teaches in the Prophet’s Masjid or the Haram in Makkah, they think he’s Salafee;
If they see that he’s a judge, they think he’s Salafee;
If they see him delivering lecturers, or appearing in the media, they think he’s Salafee;
All of these things are not sufficient, in reality, to the people of knowledge in order to establish the Salafiyyah of this man and that he is qualified to teach and to benefit his brothers.
All of these affairs don’t benefit him at all. Rather, these affairs are what we find those who stay away from and distance themselves from the sittings of the Salafee scholars using as a means to fool the general people into thinking they are Salafiyoon.
Fine. So what’s the path [we take]?
The way to know if knowledge should or shouldn’t be taken from a person is known by one of two ways:
The first: The scholars recommend and explicitly state: ‘So and So isSalafee and a student of knowledge; benefit from him.’
And I want to bring attention to a situation: If a Shaykh says: ‘So and So is Salafee,’ that doesn’t mean that he is qualified to teach. The Shaykh must mention two things: that he is Salafee and that he is qualified to teach.
We have seen some people fool the general people by saying aShaykh has said that So and So is Salafee. Fine. Did he say he’s a scholar? Did he say he’s a student of knowledge?
Being Salafee is a level, and being a student of knowledge or a scholar is a higher level coupled with Salafiyyah. So, it is not befitting for us to be fooled by these types of situations.
Likewise [we shouldn’t be fooled] just because a person goes toShaykh Rabee’s classes, or that he was in Shaykh Rabee’s house, or things similar to this that people are fooled by.
So, the first thing is that a scholar explicitly expresses a recommendation stating that he is upon the Salafee Manhaj and that he has knowledge;
The second way to know is that his state is well known to the scholars and students of knowledge, and that he has well knownsalafee stances. Likewise, the scholars generally praise him, aid him and help him.
This proves that he is from those who have been teaching and the scholars know about it and have remained silent about him; rather, they have spoken well of him and aided him. This proves, if Allah wills, that he is adhering to the truth.
As for other than these two things that we have mentioned, then beware beware. May Allah bless you. Don’t be fooled, Don’t be fooled by those who have internet forums or by some who possess some of the characteristics that the general people are fooled by.
I say, and I repeat: Those who have internet forums and some of those who have been put to trial may possibly use as a means the mention of Shaykh Rabee’, Shaykh ‘Ubayd, Shaykh Muqbil al-Waadi’ee, may Allah have mercy on him, Shaykh an-Najmee,Shaykh Bin Baaz and Shaykh al-‘Uthaymeen so that they can lure in the general people; so after they lure them in, they inject the poison into them. (1)
For this reason, I also view that we should ask about these websites, should we visit them or not? Have they been recommended or not? This is because they are spreading a portion of knowledge, so either it is beneficial knowledge or harmful … (2)
(1): [TN]: We find this on platforms such as twitter. A person may follow Bin Baaz, al-‘Uthaymeen, al-Luhaydaan, al-Fawzaan, etc. However, the reality is that their actions contradict their claim to following the methodology of these great scholars.
Examples of contradiction are a lack of giving sincere advice by warning against falsehood they fully recognize, ambiguous stances against those who implement the methodology of the Muslim Brotherhood, their views aboutShaykh Rabee’, etc.
You find a clear contrast between them and the major scholars in issues such as these, for example.
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It Is Not A Proof That So And So Is Salafee Simply Because He Studied With A Salafee Shaykh
Shaykh Ahmad Baazmool (hafidhahullaah)
Be mindful: Some people use as a proof (the fact that) so and so from the students of Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen or from the students of Shaykh Ibn Baaz, that so and so (this person) is Salafee. No. This is not a distinguishing sign according to the Salafees. It is only the Minhaj, manners, and attestation.
Due to this, frequently we get the question: “A man came to us claiming that is was from the students of Shaykh Muqbil; from the students of Shaykh Rabee’; from the students of Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen.” Is this sufficient? The answer is no. Not until he is attested to. Hence, he may be, and this is something well-known, he may be from the present day opposers. Rather, perhaps some of them are Takfeeree; some of them are perhaps Takfeeree, even if he ascribes to having studied under Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen. Due to that, it is not to be used as a proof that so and so is similar to him. Clear? This is a benefit, so pay attention to it.
Due to this, when ‘Alee Al-Halabee comes to us and says: “I am from the students of Al-Albaanee.” That’s it, he is ruled to enter directly into Jannah?! He is ruled to have knowledge absolutely?! No, this does not suffice you; not until you walk and traverse upon the methodology of the Salaf upon which Al-Albaanee traversed, may Allaah have mercy upon him. If you oppose it then you are not from him, even if you clung to him from the time he began his studies up until the time he died, this would not suffice you. For the scholars free themselves from those who oppose (the truth). They free themselves from those who oppose (the truth). For this reason, this is of no benefit. So pay attention to this.
Translated by Raha ibn Donald Batts