Some Matters May Be Unknown to the Seniors (2)

Some Matters May Be Unknown to the Seniors (2)

Al-Hafidh ibn Hajar Al-Asqalani رحمه الله said:

Certain facts may be unkown to the seniors while those lesser than them are aware of [these matters]. In this is a refutation of the blind-follower in that when a proof that opposes him is used as evidence against him, he responds: If this was correct, then so-and-so would have known it.

[Fathul-Bari, 16/112, Dar Tayyibah]

Translator: Yasar A. Rahman

Some Matters May Be Unknown to the Seniors (1) The virtuous Shaykh, Al-Allamah Rabee al-Madkhali حفظه الله said:

Some Matters May Be Unknown to the Seniors (1)

The virtuous Shaykh, Al-Allamah Rabee al-Madkhali حفظه الله said:

A man may praise [people] – and he (this man) is virtuous – based upon what is apparent, [but] he is not aware of the reality of what these people are upon. [Another] person comes along and studies their books and studies their reality, and finds that the one who praised these people has unknowingly fallen into a mistake [when] he praised them based upon what was apparent.

This has happened to the great Imams. So, how many people there were whom Imam Ahmed had praised. [However], his students who did not reach his level knew what these people were upon and they knew that these people had issues which necesssiated that they be rebuked and criticised, and thus [these students] renounced these people even though Imam Ahmed رحمه الله had praised them. And Al-Shafi’i praised some people while others criticised them. The criticism made by these other people – a detailed one built upon knowing the reality – was given precedence over the statements of the Imams who praised based upon what was apparent to them.

[مجموع كتب ورسائل وفتاوى العلامة المجاهد الشيخ ربيع بن هادي عمير المدخلي، 251-250 / 4]

Translator: Yasar A. Rahman

Q: Is it permissible for a person who is not a student of knowledge; to have a hand in giving dawah…

Question: Is it permissible for a person who is not a student of knowledge; to have a hand in giving dawah, run the affairs of dawah with regards to organising lessons or seminars or preparing places and preparing for scholars and students to travel to these places or is it mandatory that he is a student of knowledge?

Answer: An individual who strives to do a action or to give wealth for the purpose of dawah, seeking the face of Allāh ﷻ then this individual falls under the hadeeth of the prophet ﷺ; verily actions are by their intentions and everyone will have that which they intended. The prophet ﷺ mentioned whoever prepares an individual to fight in the way of Allāh; it is as if he has fought in the way of Allāh and whoever takes care of the family of someone who has gone to fight in the way of Allāh, it is if he has fought in the way of Allāh.
There is no doubt, the greatest of actions, the supererogatory actions, the greatest of supererogatory actions is fighting in the way of Allāh ﷻ and if the reward for an individual who prepares someone to fight in the way of Allāh or takes care of his family is as he has fought then this is tremendous reward.
With that being the case if anyone does an action or they give in charity for the purpose of dawah; then this individual has taken part in the actions of the callers themselves.

Shaykh Saalih Muhammad al-Luhaydaan (May Allaah preserve him) (Kitaab-ut-Tawheed Class, Q&A Session 16-02-2013, Riyadh)