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Shaikh ul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah - may Allaah have mercy upon him ? also said: ?And such as the People of Innovation among the people of the [innovated] sayings that oppose the Book and the Sunnah or the acts of worship opposing the Book and the Sunnah - for exposing their condition and warning the Ummah about them is obligatory by unanimous agreement of the Muslims - until it was said to Imaam Ahmad bin Hanbal: ?Is it more loved to you that a man fasts, prays and peforms tawaaf or that he speaks about the People of Innovation [i.e. exposes them and warns about them]?? He replied: ?When he stands, prays and performs tawaaf that is for himself but when he talks about the People of Innovation then that is for the Muslims and this is more excellent.? So he explained that the benefit of this is for the Muslims in general - for [the protection of] their religion - and it is a form or Jihaad in the Path of Allaah because the purification of the Path of Allaah, His Deen, His Minhaaj (methodology) and His Sharee?ah, repelling the oppressors and having enmity towards them is obligatory with kifaayah (i.e. there must be some amongst the Muslims who do this otherwise all of them are sinful for neglecting this duty). And if it had not been for the one whom Allaah had made to undertake this duty of repelling the harms of these people the Deen would have been corrupted and destroyed. And this corruption is greater than the corruption resulting from the domination of the enemies - amongst the people who fight against the Muslims (i.e. Disbelievers) - and this is because these people (the disbelievers) when they dominate and conquer the Muslims, do not corrupt the hearts or whatever faith is contained within them except as a consequence, after time. As for these (the People of Innovation) then they corrupt the hearts right from the very beginning (i.e. since they corrupt the Deen itself).? Majmoo al-Fataawaa (28/231-232). |
A?mash reports from Ibraheem (an-Nakha?ee) that he said, ?There is no backbiting in the case of a person of innovation.? (al-Laalikaa?ee 1/140).
Al-Hasan al-Basri said, ?There is no backbiting in the case of a person of innovation or a person who openly commits sin?. (al-Laalikaa?ee 1/140).
Sufyaan Ibn Uyainah said, ?Shu?bah used to say, ?Let us come together so that we can backbite for the sake of Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic?.? (al-Laalikaa?ee 1/140).
Abu Zaid al-Ansaari an-Nahawi said, ?Shu?bah came to us on a rainy day and said, ?Today is not a day for hadeeth, today is a day of backbiting. Let us come together and backbite the liars? .? (al-Kifaayah of al-Baghdaadee, no. 91).
Makkee bin Ibraaheem (the teacher of Imaam Bukhaaree), said, ?Shu?bah used to come to Imraan bin Hudair and say, ?O Imraan, come, let us backbite for an hour for the sake of Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic? ? they would mention the negative aspects of the People of Hadeeth.? (al-Kifaayah of al-Baghdaadee, no. 91).
Abu Zur?ah ad-Dimashqee said, ?I heard Abu Mushir being asked about a man who would make mistakes and turn the words around (in narrating hadeeth, forgetfully). So he said, ?Make his condition known?. So I said to Abu Zur?ah, ?Do you not consider that to be backbiting?? He said, ?No?.? (Sharh Ilal at-Tirmidhi 1/249 and al-Kifaayah of al-Baghdaadee no. 91,92, with a slightly different wording).
Abdullaah bin al-Imaam Ahmad said, ?Abu Turaab an-Nakhshabee came to my father who began to say, ?So and so is da?eef (weak) and so and so is thiqah (reliable)?. So Abu Turaab said, ?O Shaikh, do not backbite the Ulamaa?. So my father turned to him and said, ?Woe be to you, this is naseehah (advice), this is not backbiting?.? (al-Kifaayah, 92 and Sharh Ilal at-Tirmidhi 1/350)
Muhammad bin Bandaar al-Sabbaak al-Jurjaani said, ?I said to Ahmad bin Hanbal, ?I find it very difficult to force myself to say, ?So and so is da?eef? and ?So and so is a liar (kadhdhaab)??. So Ahmad said, ?When you remain silent and I remain silent, who will inform the ignorant one about that which is authentic (saheeh) from that which is problematic (saqeem)?.? (Majmoo al-Fataawaa 28/231 and al-Kifaayah, 92)
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