Shaykh Bin Baz on the Shaytaan being the Shaykh for whoever does not have a shaykh
Question: There has spread among some of the people (the saying) that whoever does not have a Shaikh, then his Shaikh is the devil (Ash-Shaytaan), so what advice do you have for them O Noble Shaikh?
Answer: This is a mistake of a commoner (layman), and ignorance from some of the Soofee people. They say it to encourage the people to be connected to them and to blindly follow them in their innovations and misguidance. For verily the human being, if he strives to understand his religion by his attending the circles of religious knowledge, or he contemplates the meanings of the Qur’aan and the Sunnah, and he benefits from that, then it is not said that his Shaikh is the Shaytaan. Rather, what is said is “indeed he has made effort in seeking knowledge and he has attained a great abundance of good.”
And it is appropriate for the student of knowledge to be in contact with the scholars who are known for having good ‘Aqeedah (beliefs) and behavior. He is to ask them about whatever matters are problematic for him (i.e. things he does not understand). If he does not ask the people of knowledge he will make many mistakes and matters will be confusing to him.
However, if he attends the circles of knowledge and listens to the admonition from the people of knowledge, then indeed with that he will attain an abundance of good and tremendous benefits, even if he does not have a specific Shaikh. And there is no doubt that whoever attends the circles of knowledge and hears the Jumu’ah sermons, and the ‘Eid sermons, and the lectures that are given in the masjids, then his Shaikhs will be many, even though he does not ascribe himself to one in particular who he attaches himself to and follows his opinion.
Answered by the Muftee: Ash-Shaikh ‘Abdul-‘Azeez bin ‘Abdillaah bin Baaz
From the program “Noorun ‘ala ad-Darb“, tape #831
Translated by Aqeel Walker