FROM THE WORDS OF SHAYKH 'ABDULLÂH AL-GHUNAYMÂN
Amongst the consequences of the actions of these individuals
is that they have confused the thoughts of many of the youth. Thus, as a result, some youths have strayed from the path
of guidance and have begun to follow what those - who criticize others, and who have stood in the path of da'wah and
blocked the path of Allâh - have drawn up for them. Some of the youth, as a result of those individuals who criticize
others, now sense a great gap between them and the Scholars, and now harbour great misgivings, causing them to stay away from
the Scholars. Some have begun to categorize people according to what he hears from these people, saying: so and so is
from the Ikhwân, because he talks, visits or sits with a person from the Ikhwân; or that such and such is from
the Surûrîs; or such and such is from the profiterors [i.e. those who wish to please everybody, even at the expense
of the truth], etc. The amazing thing is that these people imagine that by doing so, they are applying the methodology
of al-jarh wat-ta'dîl. However, they have adopted in this action, ignorant leaders who are misguided and who misguide
others. Thus, it is upon the Muslim to fear Allâh regarding himself and those poor souls who are not even a quarter,
or a tenth of the learned.
There occurs in the authentic hadîth: "That Allâh guides through you even a single person, is better than the choicest of camels." [Related by al-Bukhârî (2942), from Sahl Ibn Sa'd radiallâhu 'anhu]
Meaning that it is better for you in this world.
Likewise, whosoever misguides even a single person, will bear a great burden; as Allâh - the Most High - said, after
mentioning the story of one of the Âdam's children killing his brother: "Because
of that, We ordained for the Children of Isra'îl that whosoever kills a person, not because of a life for a life; or killed
a person in order to spread corruption upon the earth, it is as if he has killed the whole of mankind."
Thus, to send someone astray in his religion is far far greater
than killing him. So statements regarding matters of religion must be stated along with their proofs from either Allâh's
Book, or the Sunnah of His Messenger sallallâhu 'alayhi wa sallam, and that when making such statements one
should seek by that the Face of Allâh alone; and also one should ascertain if the harm resulting from such speech is not greater
than the benefit, or that one's intention is not due to envy of a particular individual, or due to the following of one's