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Old 19Oct2007, 07:16 PM   #1
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Hunting for Mistakes and the Vulture Culture


"Listen my brother. I sincerely advise you and other youths like you, who stand upon a type of deviation - as it seems to us, and Allaah knows best - that do not waste your time in refuting each other, saying that such and such has this in him, and such and such has that in him.

This is beacuse; firstly: there is no knowledge at all in this, and secondly: this mannerism only breeds enmity and hatred in the hearts, and causes contempt and rancour to develop in the hearts.

So It is upon you to seek knowledge. It is knowledge that will make clear to you the reality of the speech which is in praise of a particular person having many mistakes, and whether he is deserving of being labelled as an innovator. Yet why do we wish to delve into such issues.

Indeed I advise you not to delve into such issues. The reality is that we complain about this splitting which has occurred between those who ascribe themselves to the da'wah to the Book and the Sunnah - or as we say, ad-Da'watus-Salafiyyah the greatest cause of this splitting, and Allaah knows bests, is the following of whims and desires and the evil dictates of one's soul. It is not due to the presence of differences in thoughts and ideas. So this is my sincere advice."
[Silsilatul Hudaa wan-Noor (784/1), dated the 1st of Rabi' al Awwal 1414H (9-12-1993)]


'What has become common in this age, is that many of those who ascribe themselves to knowledge and calling to good, fall into belittling many of their brothers who are well-known daa'ees, and speaking against the honour of the students of knowledge and the daa'ees.

This is done sometimes secretly in their circles, sometimes on cassettes which are then circulated amongst the people, or sometimes publicly mentioned in their gatherings in the mosques. And this matter opposes the command of Allaah and His Messenger from a number of angles ...

So I sincerely advise those brothers who have fallen into slandering and maligning the daa'ees, that they should repent to Allaah, the Most High, for what they have written with their own hands, and what they have said with their own tongues; which may have been a cause for corrupting the hearts of some of the youths; filling their hearts with hatred and malice, and pre-occupying them away from acquiring beneficial knowledge and calling to Allaah, because of being pre-occupied with qeel and qaal (gossiping and rumour mongering); and with speech about this person and that person; and with hunting for the mistakes of people, and burdening them with this.

Likewise, I sincerely advise them that they should redress whatever they have done, and declare themselves free from the likes of these actions, through writing: or methods other than this.

They should remove whatever may have entered the minds and thoughts of those who listened to them, and they should take to doing those fruitful actions that will draw them closer to Allaah, and which will be of benefit to the worshippers.

They should beware of being hasty in pronouncing takfeer, tafseeq or tabdee upon people, without the truth being explained, and without the proofs being established. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said: "Whoseover says to his brother: O unbeliever then it will return to one of them. " The authenticity of this hadeeth has been agreed upon.
[Majmoo' Fatawa wa Maqalat Mutanawwi'ah (7/311-314), abridged.]


It is essential for a student of knowledge to safeguard his time from being wasted. And time wasting occurs in a number of ways:-

Firstly: That one leaves committiig to memory and revising what one has read.

Secondly: That one sits with his friends and indulges in vain and idle talk which contains no benefit. Thirdly, and this Is the most harmful of them upon a student of knowledge:

That he has no concern except pursuing people's statements with lie said this and lie said that (maa qeela wa maa qaala) and with what ocurred and what is taking place regarding an issue that is of no concern to him. And there is no doubt that this is from a weakness of [his] Islaam, since the Prophet satiallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam said: 'Part of a persons good Islaam is to leave alone that which does not concern him.

And busying oneself with qeela wa qaala and excessive questioning are time-wasters. And it is, in reality, a disease which, when it comes into man - we ask Allaah for well-being - it becomes his greatest concern.

Due to this, he may even sometimes show enmity ('adaa) to one who does not deserve enmity, or show allegiance (walaa) to one who does not deserve allegiance, because of concerning himself with these issues which pre-occupy him away from knowledge, under the pretext of "championing the truth", whilst this is not the case! Rather, this is part of pre-occupying oneself with an issue that does not concern him.

If, however, a report comes to you without you having pursued or sought it, then all people recieve news, but they do not busy themselves with it, nor does it become their greatest concern. This is because this pre-occupies the student of knowledge, corrupts his affair; and opens up for the Ummah the door of bigotted partisanship (hizbiyyah), which then splits the Ummah.

[Kitaabul 'Ilm (204-205)]


Amongst the consequences of the actions of these individuals is that they have confused th e thoughts of many of the youth.

Thus, as a result, some youths have strayed from the path of guidance and have begun to follow what those - who criticize others, and who have stood in the path of da'wah and blocked the path of Allaah - have drawn up for them.

Some of the youth, as a result of those individuals who criticize others, now sense a great gap between them and the Scholars, and now harbor great misgivings, causing them to stay away from the Scholars.

Some have begun to categorize people according to what he hears from these people, saying: so and so is from the Ikhwan, because he talks, visits or sits with a person from the Ikhwaan; or that such and such is from the Suroorees; or such and such is from the profiterors [i.e. those who wish to please everybody, even at the expense of the truth], etc.

The amazing thing is that these people imagine that by doing so, they are applying the methodology of al-jarh wat-ta'deel. However, they have adopted in this action, ignorant leaders who are misguided and who misguide others. Thus, it is upon the Muslim to fear Allaah regarding himself and those poor souls who are not even a quarter, or a tenth of the learned.

There occurs in the authentic hadeeth: "That Allaah guides through you even a single person, is better than the choicest of camels.' [Related by al-Bukhaaree (2942), from Sahl Ibn Sa'd radi Allahu anhu]

Meaning that it is better for you in this world. Likewise, whosoever misguides even a single person, will bear a great burden; as Allaah - the Most High - said, after mentioning the story of one of the Aadam's children killing his brother: "Because of that, We ordained for the Children of Isra'eel that whosoever kills a person, not because of a life for a life; or killed a person inorder to spread corruption upon the earth, it is as if he has killed the whole of mankind." [5:32].

Thus, to send someone astray in his religion is far far greater than killing him.

So statements regarding matters of religion must be stated along with their proofs from either Allaah's Book, or the Sunnah of His Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and that when making such statements one should seek by that the Face of Allaah alone; and also one should ascertain if the harm resulting from such speech is not greater than the benefit, or that one's intention is not due to envy of a particular individual, or due to the following of one's desires.

[Al Hawaa wa Atharuhu fil Khilaaf (33-34)]
Indeed a servant may say a word from which Allahís displeasure is gained and he does not realize it, Allah will put him in Jahanam due to it.Ē Saheeh al-Bukhari (8/485)

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Beneficial words from the true Ulema of our times. All should read these advice.
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Raised for benefit....may Allah make our path to Knowledge one of guidance that can only come from him...Ameen
Muhammed al Bukharee(d.256)(rh) spoke about the Hadith \"There shall not cease to be a group from amongst my Ummah upon the truth.\" So he said,\"Ashaabul-Hadith.\"
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When is There a Benefit in Exposing Your Brotherís Fault?

وَمَنْ سَتَرَ مُسْلِمًا سَتَرَهُ اللَّهُ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِÖ

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, "...Whoever conceals (a fault) of a Muslim, Allah will conceal him on the Day of Judgement..."

Collected by Muslim, 2699

1. Ibn Al-Mullaqqin said," The type of concealment intended here refers to a personís state of affairs. This hadeeth recommends that a person who isnít known to be to be a corrupt individual, slip ups and mistakes should be concealed. And sometimes this person does acts that are haraam, unlike the person who is known to be sinner (publicly). Itís not recommend for this kind of person to have his faults covered. In fact his affair should be raised to those in charge in the Muslim lands.Ē [Al-Muíayin]

2. Al-Allaamah Faisal ibn Abdul Aziz Al-Mubarak said, "Whoever conceals a Muslim, Allah will conceal him on the Day of JudgmentÖ" These words establish a recommendation to cover up the Muslimsí faults, mistakes, and errors. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him ) said:

مَنْ سَتَرَ عَوْرَةَ أَخِيهِ الْمُسْلِمِ سَتَرَ اللَّهُ عَوْرَتَهُ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ وَمَنْ كَشَفَ عَوْرَةَ أَخِيهِ الْمُسْلِمِ كَشَفَ اللَّهُ عَوْرَتَهُ حَتَّى
َفْضَحَهُ بِهَا فِى بَيْتِهِ
ďWhoever conceals his Muslim brotherís faults and weaknesses, Allah will conceal his faults and weaknesses on the Day of Judgment. Whoever exposes his Muslim brotherís faults, Allah will expose his faults to the point that he will be disgraced in his own home." [Ibn Maajah, 2643; Al-Albani graded as Saheeh li Ghayri hi], [Muhasin ad-deen ala matn Ar-baíeen]

3. Ash-Shaykh Muhammad ibn Salih Al-Uthaymeen said: "These words in the hadeeth impel a Muslim to cover another Muslimís faults. However there are texts which restrict this to be done only when covering a personís faults is good. Covering up or concealing a personís mistakes, faults , and errors are divided into three categories:

1. Covering these faults is good
2. Covering these faults is bad
3. Itís unknown if covering these faults is either good or bad

Now, if the covering of a personís fault is something good, then this is requested in Islam and praised. Letís take for example: You see a man who is known to be pious, have good character and religious. In other words he has a good reputation. You happen to see him err and you know his condition. He committed this mistake by fate and divine decree, and now heís repentant. Itís praiseworthy to conceal the errors of a person like this, and doing so is good.

The other situation is when covering these faults are bad and evil. For example: You find a person sinning or holding hostility towards other people. If you conceal his faults, it will only boost his evil and tyranny. Therefore, concealing this person is something blameworthy and itís a must to expose his affair to the people who can nurture him. So if itís a married woman the affair is reported to her husband. And if itís a child the issue is raised to his father. If the person is a teacher the matter is taken to the principal, and so on.

The last issue is when itís unknown if covering these faults is either good or bad. Hence in this situation, the better thing to do is to conceal them. Itís mentioned in an narration: "Making a mistake in forgiving would be better than making a mistake in punishment." [At-Tirmithi, 1424; At-Tirmithi graded it as weak].

So in conclusion, if a person is confused as to whether concealing the Muslim or exposing him is the right thing to do, then covering his faults here is more befitting. Nonetheless, the person should follow up on this individualís affair and not neglect it. Reason being, later on it might become clear that he isnít worthy of having his faults, errors and mistakes covered." [Explanation for An-Nawawiís Forty Hadeeth]

Translated and compiled by Abu Aaliyah Abdullah.

May Allah reward our brother Abu Aaliyah for his translation.

Shaykh Saalih al Fawzaan (hafidhahullaah) was asked regarding the ruling of the student of knowledge who follows up the mistakes of some of the Du'at, compiles it and distributes it in tape form, and if this is from the manhajus- salafi?

He (hafidhahullaah) answered: If the intention (of the person) is to clarify the truth and clarify the mistake then this good. This from da'wah to Allaah that we clarify the mistakes so that the people do not fall in to it. However, if the intention (of the person) is to please his own desires and to seek revenge against the person and to degrade the honor of the person then this not permissible.

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Sahih al-Bukhari No. 6057. Narrated Aisha (ra):The Prophet was asked, "What deeds are loved most by Allah?" He said, "The most regular constant deeds even though they may be few." He added, 'Don't take upon yourselves, except the deeds which are within your ability." Reciter: al-Ajmy...Surah al-Faatihah - (The Opening: First Chapter of the Quran) (The text) | Ayatul Kursee (reciter: as-Shuraym; Tafseer;)

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