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Can we take knowledge from someone whose manhaj is not correct?


“Can we take knowledge from someone whose manhaj is not correct?”Answered by Shaikh Rabee` Ibn Haadee Al-Madkhalee (Hafidhahullaah)

Taken from: http://www.al.baida.online.fr/sciencequelquunmanhapascorrect.htm

“For the student of knowledge who seeks Allaah and the hereafter, let him be sincere towards Allaah in seeking knowledge. Let him choose the scholar or scholars who are the most knowledgeable, the safest ones (to take from) and the most pious, the one or ones that propose to him the true knowledge: The knowledge that came with the Prophet, the Qur’an, the Sunnah and what they entail as belief, practice and authentic way as well as a good and elevated Islamic behavior and everything that is similar to that.

You should not rush and go seek knowledge under any old body, the Prophet (sallAllaahu `alaihi wa sallam) explained the example of the good and bad companion: they are like the oil seller and the blacksmith. The oil seller either gives you some (oil) as a gift or you buy some from him or you find a nice smell. As for the blacksmith either he burns you or you can not escape from his smoke and harm.

If you stay with the innovators and the people of desires and you take knowledge from them, then it is obligatory that some harm will come out of that and it will affect your belief (`aqeedah), your religion, your methodology (manhaj) and your faith. Try your best to stay away from the one who has a corrupted belief and manhaj, except in case of dire necessity and with conditions: That he does not call to his manhaj, his group and his belief. And if he calls to one of these three things it is then better for the Muslim to stay upon the fitrah, even if he stays ignorant. This is much better for him instead of having his creed corrupted by these people or by way of those similar to them.

We can take example from the behavior of our pious predecessors regarding the people of innovation and desires. The pious predecessors did not report ahadeeth of the messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu `alaihi wa sallam) by way of them, nor would they take knowledge from those who call to innovation. And they would not sit with them and they would cut all relationship with them. They would warn against those who call to innovation. Otherwise there were also those who were tested and affected by some innovations but they were known for their truthfulness, their sincerity and their piety. They would not call to their innovations. From those the (pious) predecessors took and reported some ahadeeth. But these days the people of innovation dot not give any importance to the narration of the ahadeeth, so now we can do without them and not trust them in the matters of creed and the other fields (of knowledge). We must then do without them except if a person does not call to his innovation or his fitnah. You can take the Arabic language from him, as there is no harm in that, but you do not take the `Aqeedah (creed) (from him).”

Originally translated by ‘AbdAllaah At-Tantany (Dhul Qi’da 1418h)

(Rendered into English by Masjid Abu Bakr As-Siddiq (formerly named Masjid As-Salafis-Saalih), Atlanta, Ga U.S.A.)

Note: This article was originally translated into French from the Arabic by ‘AbdAllaah At-Tantany for http://www.al.baida.online.fr and then from French to English by us.

We asked our noble Shaikh Muhammad Ibn Abdel-Wahhab Al-Bannaa (hafidhahullaah) during an open “Question and Answer” session about a salafee brother bilingual  in French and English translating articles from French salafee websites into English for the English speaking people, specifying that they had  already been translated from Arabic to French. He said that there was no problem in that and that it was even a good thing.

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