Shaikh al-‘Ubailân On Testing People & Imposing Opinions On Them
February 3, 2009 19 Comments
Shaikh ‘Abdullah bin Sâlih al-‘Ubailân was asked,
What is your view regarding testing the people and imposing a statement of the scholars regarding the disparagment of individuals or other than it from the disputed matters among the People of the Sunnah upon the students of knowledge?
The shaikh, may Allah preserve him, answered saying,
This [matter] contains elaboration. As for if the one spoken of was from the imams of heresies and one who the People of the Sunnah do not differ regarding, then it is obligated upon the Muslim to believe what the People of the Sunnah believe about him, otherwise he has deviated from their path, if he has knowledge.
As for if the one spoken of was from the People of the Sunnah and fell into an error in knowledge some of the people of knowledge believe is an exit from the Sunnah for him, then [regarding] this [one], it is not necessary that whoever that was not clarified to or viewed contrary to it (i.e., he held the opposing opinion) blindly follow others regarding him. And whoever believes in making that a requirement for every Muslim has opposed Allah and His messenger, for indeed, the absolute truth and the absolute alliance is not except for Allah’s messenger, upon him be peace. It was said to Ibn ‘Abbâs, “You are upon the religion of ‘Alî or ‘Uthmân,” so he said, “Rather, I am upon the religion of Allah’s messenger, upon him be peace.” It is a path to falling into what the Jews and the Christians fell into; He, exalted is He, said, «The Jews said the Christians are not upon anything, while the Christians said the Jews are not upon anything, while they [both] recite the Book. Likewise, those who do not know said the likes of their statement. Thus, Allah will judge between them in what they used to differ about on the Day of Standing» (2:113).
Source: Obailan.net, posted on the shaikh’s site on January 26, 2009.