Taking the good and leaving the bad? | Shaykh Ahmad an-Najmee Rahimahullaah

Question:

Noble Shaykh, Ahmad an-Najmee – may Allaah preserve you – some people say that you should take the good from a book or a tape and it is upon you to leave the evil and errors present. Is this speech correct and when do we implement (put it into practice) the principle of mentioning the good alone with the bad? Or is this wrong? Can you clarify this to us in the manner you see fit? May Allaah reward you.

Answer:

With regards to the first part of the question, then we say that there is no doubt that good is to be coveted (means: desire to want or possess something). However, if poison is placed in honey is it possible for you to take this honey and drink it, whilst you say this is good but there is poison in it?

The answer is no because this honey has been mixed with something that will bring about your destruction. The one who mentions this principle (taking the good and leaving the bad) has to have knowledge of the good and knowledge of the evil to begin with in order to avoid it, so in that case there is not an issue; or he examines these tapes to criticise these errors and the likes. But as for him saying that he is going to accept the good and he is unable to differentiate between good and bad, then this individual has surely ruined and destroyed himself.

As for the second part of the question, and this is when do we act on the principle of mentioning the good along along with bad? Then the answer to this question is that mentioned the good along with the bad is not legislated when criticising individuals or groups. The Prophet (Sal Allaahu ‘alayhi was-Sallam) said:

“As for Mu’aawiyah, then he is destitute (poor) and has no wealth, and as for Aboo Jahm, then he beats the women.” [Reported by Muslim in his Saheeh (no. 1480)]

He said:

“What made Ibn Jameel refuse to give zakaah though he was a poor man and was made wealthy by Allaah.” [Reported by al-Bukhaaree in his Saheeh (no. 1468) and Muslim in his Saheeh (no. 983)]

The Prophet did not mention any of their good qualities. So it is understood from this that it is not incumbent (necessary) to mention the good alone with the bad. Rather this is an innovated and invented principle. And success is with Allaah.

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Answer given by: Shaykh Ahmad bin Yahyaa an-Najmee (d. 1429H)
Source: Fataawaa al-Jaliyyah ‘an al-Manaahij ad-Da’awiyyah, no. 33

Q: Is there a ‘Salafiyyah Qadeemah (old)’ and ‘Salafiyyah Jadeedah (new)’, or is there just one Salafiyyah?

Salafiyyah Qadeemah and Salafiyyah Jadeedah
Question:

Is there a ‘Salafiyyah Qadeemah (old)’ and ‘Salafiyyah Jadeedah (new)’, or is there just one Salafiyyah?
Answer:

There is only one Salafiyyah, the one who claims that there is an old and new Salafiyyah has lied. If we contemplate over the ‘aqeedah of the Salaf from the time of the sahaabah to our time today, we find it to be one ‘aqeedah, never contradicting each other. Even if they differed in the subsidiary legislations which are not from the fundamentals and beliefs, then surely they disagree in this (subsidiary legislations). Not one of them belittles the other. This was the way of the sahaabaah, may Allaah the most high be pleased with them all. As for the beliefs, then their manhaj (methodology) in this regard is one from the time of the Companions until now.

Shaykh Ahmad bin Yahyaa an-Najmee

[al-Fataawah al-Jaleeyah ‘an al-Manaahij ad-Da’waiyyah
Translated by Muhammad Elmi]

Refutation of Mohammed al-Shinqitee (the guy who cries a lot on youtube)

Who Is Muhammad Al-Mukhtar Ash-Shinqitee?

Al-’Allaamah Rabee’ Ibn Haadee al-Madkhalee Warns against the Soofee Muhammad Mukhtaar ash-Shanqeetee

Al-’Allaamah Rabee’ Ibn Haadee al-Madkhalee was asked, “One of the brothers gave us a series explaining ’Umdatul-A…hkaam by Shaykh Muhammad {Mukhtaar} ash-Shanqeetee and it consisted of four hundred tapes. So we made it an endowment in the mosque.”

So the Noble Shaykh answered, “I have not read this explanation. And it is said that he is a man who does not distinguish the weak ahaadeeth, and that he walks with the hizbiyyeen and the Soofiyyah. And he has no connection with Ahlus-Sunnah. So I am not able to praise his cultivation and I do not praise him. Then, who is the one who circulates the tapes of this man? So Ahlus-Sunnah do not circulate his tapes, only the hizbiyyeen circulate them, even if they do not make their tahazzub (party spirit) apparent. However, when we see these hizbiyyeen gathering upon him, applauding his tapes and considering him an Imaam from amongst the Imaams of the Muslims, it should prove to you that this man is from amongst them. So he is a dangerous bridge that connects the youth to tahazzub (party spirit) and flings them into the heart of hizbiyyah. So the books of the Salaf that are present are sufficient for you. And the Salafee fiqh is sufficient for you, because this will connect you to other things. May Allaah bless you.”

Source: the audio cassette, al-Albaanee Imaamus-Sunnah

http://www.sahab.net/sahab/showthread.phps=
5d17c7c077fa6b6233fd09983334d7a9&threadid=292385

The Muftee of Jeezaan, al-‘Allaamah Ahmad Ibn Yahyaa an-Najmee Warns against Muhammad Mukhtaar ash-Shanqeetee

The Muftee of Jeezaan, al-’Allaamah Ahmad Ibn Yahyaa an-Najmee – hafidhahullaah – was asked, “Should we attend the lessons of Sh…aykh Muhammad Mukhtaar ash-Shanqeetee in fiqh?” So he answered, “It has been mentioned to us about this man that he has something of tasawwuf. So due to this, I say that once something contrary to the manhaj of the Salaf has been observed from him, then it is better to remain far away from him.”

Taken from a lesson in Jeddah, dated: 25/5/1423H.

Your Salafiyyah is not sound if you do not forbid the evil

Question:

Some of those who claim that they are Salafees say: We are Salafees but we do not speak about those who fall into errors and we do not disparage (make jarh) of anyone?

Answer:

Say to them, your Salafiyyah will be not be sound whilst [holding that] no one is to be disparaged. Loving for Allaah and hating for Allaah and allegiance for Allaah and enmity for Allaah – if a person is devoid of these four matters, then that means that his Islaam is weak. And the Messenger, salallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam, said: “Whomsoever amongst you sees an evil, let him change it with his hand; if he is not able, then [let him change it] with his tongue [by speaking against it with knowledge]; and if he is not able, then with his heart [by hating it for Allaah’s sake], and that is the weakest of Eemaan.”* – The weakest of Eemaan is that you forbid falsehood with your heart. However as for the one who does not forbid falsehood with his heart, then where is the Eemaan in his heart?!! Meaning that his Eemaan is weak, of no benefit. And we ask Allaah for pardon and good health, and Allaah is sufficient for us and what a fine trustee He is.

Shaykh Ahmad bin Yahyaa an-Najmee

‘Al-Fataawa Al-Jaliyyah ‘an Manaahij Ad-Da’wiyyah’, Daarul-Minhaaj. Gathered and notes added by Hasan Ibn Mansoor ad-Daghreeree. Second volume, page 139.

WHY DO YOU RUN AWAY FROM CALLING YOURSELF A SALAFI? IS SALAFEEYA INCORRECT IN ANYWAY??

WHY DO YOU RUN AWAY FROM CALLING YOURSELF A SALAFI? IS SALAFEEYA INCORRECT IN ANYWAY??

Shaikh Yahya An Najmee Mufti of Jaizan (south of Saudi Arabia) was
asked :

” Some youths run away from saying “I am Salafi” what is your
advice on this matter?”

The Shaikh answered

“Why do they run away from that? Do they think Salafeeyah is incorrect in any way? It is only an ascription to what the companions of the Prophet were upon and those who followed them from the scholars, jurists,  scholars of hadeeth, and scholars of tafseer; those who are known for their correct belief in every time and place. Those who follow the truth i.e the book of Allah and the authentic sunnah of the Prophet upon the understanding of the companions! So is this ascription to these people incorrect in any way to the point that one runs away from it? To Allah we come from and to Allah we return. As for the one who follows the way of the salaf and says I am Salafi inshallah Allah we hope for him good. As for the one who runs away from this ascription maybe he/she may be punished for it.

http://www.sahab.com/go/showthread.php?threadid=296

Your Salafiyyah Is Not Sound If You Do Not Forbid The Evil

Question:

Some of those who claim that they are Salafees say: We are Salafees but we do not speak about those who fall into errors and we do not disparage (make jarh) of anyone?

Answer:

Say to them, your Salafiyyah will be not be sound whilst [holding that] no one is to be disparaged. Loving for Allaah and hating for Allaah and allegiance for Allaah and enmity for Allaah – if a person is devoid of these four matters, then that means that his Islaam is weak. And the Messenger, salallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam, said: “Whomsoever amongst you sees an evil, let him change it with his hand; if he is not able, then [let him change it] with his tongue [by speaking against it with knowledge]; and if he is not able, then with his heart [by hating it for Allaah’s sake], and that is the weakest of Eemaan.”* – The weakest of Eemaan is that you forbid falsehood with your heart. However as for the one who does not forbid falsehood with his heart, then where is the Eemaan in his heart?!! Meaning that his Eemaan is weak, of no benefit. And we ask Allaah for pardon and good health, and Allaah is sufficient for us and what a fine trustee He is.

Shaykh Ahmad bin Yahyaa an-Najmee

‘Al-Fataawa Al-Jaliyyah ‘an Manaahij Ad-Da’wiyyah’, Daarul-Minhaaj. Gathered and notes added by Hasan Ibn Mansoor ad-Daghreeree. Second volume, page 139.