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. Abdulilah Rabah Lahmami (Al Madeenah, S. Arabia)
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Question to Sheikh Ahmed Najmi taken from 8 rabee'1 1427 6 April 2006-
Sheikh Ahmed Najmi may Allaah protect him was asked today after the Maghrib prayer (Saudi time) may Allaah protect it from the plots and plans of the people of corruption and the Khawaarij,

Is it from the Salafi methodology that if a Salafi brother makes a mistake then he is to be warned against and is boycotted without advising him? So what is your advice, may Allaah bless you?

لقد سألت اليوم شيخنا العلامة المفتي الجنوب أحمد بن يحيى النجمي حفظه الله وأطال الله في عمره
في درسه اليومي بعد الصلاة المغرب بتوقيت المملكة السعودية حرسها الله من كيد المفسدين ومن كيد الخوارج..فحفظ الله العلامة أحمد النجمي وجعل ما قال في ميزان حسناته..
فسؤال هو

هل من منهج السلف إذا أخطأ أخ سلفي هل يحذر منه ويهجر بدون النصيحة؟فما توجيهكم بارك الله فيكم

The Sheikh answered:
It is a must to give advice if one of the Salafees makes a mistake, he is advised and is reminded of this mistake so if he is stubborn upon his mistake after the advice is repeated to him then after that he is warned against.

لابدمن النصيحة إذا أخطأ أحد من سلفيين أن ينصح وينبأ عن هذا الخطأ فاإذا أسرابعد تكرر النصيحة عليه فبعد ذالك يحذر منه.

This is exactly what Sheikh Muhammad Abdulwahhab al-Banna said many years ago when I asked that some brothers are calling for the boycott of another Salafi due to the later having errors: He said Is this how we are Ya fulan? Rather, advise the one who has erred and try to help him keep away from his mistakes and do not leave him unless you see that he turns away from the advice showing pride and arrogance.

And Sheikh Ubaid ibn Abdillah al-Jaabiree has similar speech in his tape in the differentiation between treating Ahlu sunnah and Ahlu Bid'ah. Once he said and due to the lack of understanding of some who have not understood the affairs in this due to their lack of knowledge and not taking knowledge from the scholars is that if you try and help the one who has erred with advice then you are accused of having compromised the fundamentals of this religion! And he said many times even if a scholar makes a mistake then we refute the mistake but the honour of the scholar is kept, likewise the honour of Ahlu Sunnah is kept and the mistake is refuted. As for Ahlu Bid'ah then there is no honour for them. Also, Sheikh Ubayd says, there maybe times when ones has to use wisdom in how to deal with the innovators depending upon whether Ahlu Sunnah have strength or whether they are few and weak etc.

Then he said there is a difference between compromising ones fundamentals and upholding advice seeking guidance for the people which is the way of the ahlulilm.
End of what Sheikh Ubaid continues to express in how to deal with Ahlu Sunnah.

And how many times have we heard Sheikh Rabee' calling the people to unite upon truth and to not rush to boycott one's brothers without explaining to them the truth.
I remember when a brother complained to the Sheikh that a brother named Muhammad accuses him of not being Salafi and it just so happened that the accuser was in the dars that week on a Friday so the sheikh called him and said what is your proof that he is not Salafi? The brother said that the accused doesn't say Sheikh Bakr Abu Zaid is not Salafi!! So sheikh Rabee' said I don't say he is not Salafi (Sheikh Rabee's refuting his errors doesn't mean that Sheikh Bakr Abu Zaid is no longer salafi)! Then sheikh Rabee' said to the accuser you are sick. أنت مريض

Allaah is Al-Raqeeb, he sees everything and will call us to account for what we say and do, for there is no veil between the du'a of the oppressed and Allaah. And how many have oppressed others and eventually reap the fruits of their actions.

There is a difference also between Hajr Wiqaaee (guarding yourself from someone whom you don't want to be around fearing you may fall into sin) and between  making a campaign telling others to boycott someone based upon your personal differences with them.

Ibn Hajr mentions this in Nukhbatul Fikr and Sheikh ibn 'Uthaimeen rahimahullaah has a beautiful explanation of it mashaallaah.I have translated it about a year ago, return to it for it is beneficial.

Sheikh Muhammad ibn Haadi states that from the reasons of deviation is:

"'being amazed with oneself and infringing one's opinions upon others. So you see the students of knowledge falling into this calamity and the devil comes to him beautifying for him the entrance to this (path). That Allaah has blessed him with knowledge and understanding so he is able to look, see, derive and weigh between the statements of the scholars.

In that time, you see him beginning upon this methodology while the scholars are around him, the heads of this blessed call to Salafiyyah are alive and are blessed, but he relies upon himself in certain subjects which he differs with what the pious predecessors were upon. (For this person), you fear a lot since he infringes upon others his opinions and is amazed with himself.

As Aisha May Allaah be pleased with her said to Abi Salamata bin Abdulrahman

A chicken who heard a rooster scream
So he wanted to scream along with it.

He wanted to put himself in the midst of the scholars of guidance, the heads of the scholars of the Sunnah so he fell and tumbled backwards upon his heels. We ask Allaah for His protection and salvation.

This door (by which people deviate) is dangerous and many have fallen into deviation due to it. Those whom we know had entered this door so beware, beware from that and know that the scholars of the Sunnah will not tell you except what they have known from the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of the Messenger  and what they have experienced in reality from their practical life which they reached in authority and in striving against the people of desires and innovation. They have mentioned to you the outcome, so beware that you oppose them in this, for opposing them will just bring to you evil, and we seek refuge in Allaah from that.

By Allaah, they are considered to be most pious and most obedient to the legislation of the Messenger  and they are most fearing for the Nation of Muhammad ."
End of translated text from the tape "Reasons why people deviate"

Allaah knows best, may Allaah guide us all to the truth, ameen.
Abdulilah Lahmami

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