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[Q]: Many people think that refuting the people of innovation and desires deters [a student] from seeking knowledge and they deter him from the path that will draw him closer to Allah. Is this understanding correct?
[A]: Shaykh Rabee' b. Hadee al-Madkhalee, may Allah protect him, answered:
This is an erroneous understanding. This [understanding] is one of the methods that the people of falsehood and the people of innovation use to mute the tongues of Ahlus-Sunnah.
Rebuking the people of innovations is one of the greatest forms of commanding good and forbidding evil. The Muslim nation has not been made distinguished over the rest of the nations except by way of it. [Allah, The Most High, says]: 'You are the best of people raised up for mankind; you enjoin good, forbid evil, and you believe in Allah.' [Aali-'Imraan (5): 110]
Rebuking evildoing is practical, knowledge-based application of what the Muslim youths are learning about the religion of Allah, The Most High. It is also practical application of what they are studying from the Book of Allah (the Quraan) and from the Prophetic traditions (the Sunnah) of His Messenger, prayers and peace upon him.
So, if he [the student] does not practically implement commanding the good and forbidding the evil, especially with the people of desires, perhaps he will be entered into Allah, The Most High's, statement:
'Those amongst the Children of Israel who disbelieved were cursed by the tongue of Daawood (David) and Eesaa (Jesus), the son of Maryam (Mary). That was because they (the Children of Israel) disobeyed (Allah and the Messengers) and were always transgressing beyond bounds. They did not forbid one another from the evildoing which they committed. Vile indeed was that which the used to do.' [al-Maaidah (5): 79]
If he [the student] sees that innovations are spreading, and that there are those who invite to it, and that there are those who preserve it, and that there are those who defend it, and that there are those who wage war against Ahlus-Sunnah, how is it that he is quiet [about these things]?
As for their statement: 'Refutations hinder [or impede] seeking knowledge,' this is a lie. Refutations are a part of knowledge, and they are a part of applying and implementing knowledge.
Nevertheless, it is upon the student of knowledge to specify specific times for acquiring knowledge, and it is upon him [or her] to be dedicated and serious about this. He [or she] will not be able to stand-up in the face of evil-doings except by way of knowledge. So he [or she] studies and learns, and at the same time, he [or she] applies [that knowledge].
Allah, the Most High, will bless the student who is seeking to learn and act by his knowledge.
[Oppositely], perhaps blessings will be removed if he [or she] sees evil in front of him [or her] and says: 'I'll deal with it after I seek knowledge.' He or [she] sees misguidance and the people of falsehood raising their signposts of untruths and falsehood, calling people to them, and misguiding the people - yet he [or she] says: 'I'm not going to busy myself with these things. I am going to busy myself with knowledge (1) (i.e. I am practicing how to utilize flattery) (2).' May Allah reward you. (3)
Your brother in Salafiyyah,
Abu Adam Jameel Finch
(1) [TN]: Those who are blameworthy are not those who are genuinely seeking knowledge so that they can speak with it. It is mentioned in the article that: "He [or she] will not be able to stand-up in the face of wrongdoings except by way of knowledge." So, one must have knowledge in order to rebuke wrongdoings. However, those being referred to and blamed are those students who recognize and have the ability to correct an evil, yet they don't; and their excuse is: "I'm seeking knowledge." Allah, the Most High, knows best.
(2) Insertion by the questioner, Abu Rawaahah
(3) Shaykh Rabee's Salafee Answers on Manhaj Questions Posed by Abu Rawaahah, pg. 34, question #11