A beautiful advice from Shaikh Al-Albani
“Whoever follows a path in the pursuit of knowledge, Allaah will make a path to Paradise easy for him.”
(Sahih Al Bukhari, Volume 1, The Book of Knowledge, 10)
This narration is enough to encourage our Muslim brothers and sisters to seek knowledge, specially of Islamic sciences. The recently acquired ease of access to internet and social media has made it even easier for the youth to acquire the knowledge which the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلّم) labelled as the ‘Inheritance of the Prophets’ (Sahih Al Bukhari, Volume 1, The Book of Knowledge, 10). But seeking of this knowledge is accompanied with certain responsibilities which is incumbent upon the seeker to fulfill, and the most important of which is ‘Manners’, ‘Etiquette’ and ‘Kindness’. Allah says in the Holy Quran:
‘Invite (all) to the Way of thy Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious’
(Al Quran, Surah An-Nahl, Chapter 16, Verse 125)
Unfortunately, it is observed these days that this knowledge is picked up in bits and pieces & then unleashed on people in order to prove ones point. I will not argue whether the point is right or wrong, the problem is the manner in which individuals are handling this knowledge and sharing it with others. Watching short clips ‘compiled’ against Scholars and Da’ees, which in most cases are just an excerpt from a long lecture or edited with visual and sound effects to highlight ‘a serious issue in the Aqeedah & Manhaj of the speaker’ and hence declare him an ‘Innovator’, a ‘Deviant’ or ‘Off the Manhaj’. One should realize that by reading one or two fatawas on IslamQA, memorizing few verses and ahadith with references and repeating names of great scholars along with their opinions does not give you a license to start ‘authenticating’ and ‘certifying’ scholars and da’ees in the name of ‘Manhaj’ and other such powerful terms. Mistakes should be handled as mistakes and not as ‘the end of the world’. Why is it that ones own mistakes are open for correction while the mistakes of someones else (who in all the cases is more knowledgeable and respectful) is enough to write him off forever? I personally believe that a scholar and a da’ee who makes a mistake is far better than the one who has just picked up few crumbs. That is because the one who has learned and erred can be reminded of what he was taught and can be corrected, but the one who knows nothing has a long way to go (if he is really going) and advising him in most cases is responded with ‘intellectual gymnastics’ and emotional speech.
As a beginner student at Knowledge International University, my first two semesters were enough to help me realize that keeping silent is a better and safer option, and voicing an opinion should be in the most humblest of tones accompanied with ‘doubt of humility’ on oneself with enough moral courage to keep yourself open for correction. One should sound like a student when he is a student and not like a scholar. I am copying below a very short but highly rich and beneficial piece of knowledge from one of our textbook:
“Shaykh Naasirud-Deen al-Albaanee discussed this point saying:
“It is just as necessary for us to know who the innovator (almubtadi‘) is as it is for us to know who the disbeliever is. There is a question which must be asked at this point. Does anyone who falls into disbelief through actions become a disbeliever? Likewise, does the label of “innovator” in its totality apply to anyone who falls into an act of innovation, or is that not the case? If the answer is that it is not the case, then we can continue to look into the subject. And if it is not clear, then it needs to be clarified. I will repeat the issue involved in this question with additional detail. What is an innovation? A new affair or a new action which contradicts the Sunnah of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلّم). The one who does it does so desiring to increase his or her closeness to Allaah, may He be Blessed and Exalted. Does everyone who commits an innovation become an innovator?”
Shaykh Naasir: “Who then is the innovator?”
Questioner: “One to whom clear and convincing evidence has been brought and he insists on continuing to practice the innovation which he has committed.”
Shaykh Naasir: “Good.” (Tape: To the Emirati Youth, 31st January, 1993)”
Taken from A Commentary on Ibn Qudaamah al-Maqdisee’s The Radiance of Faith Leading to the Path of Guidance by Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips
This short conversation is enough to humble and calm down sincere students and all those who are interested to spread the message of Islam in and around their surroundings. I would request the youngsters to unload their ‘Bida’h & Shirk Guns’ and start with themselves, their families and then move on to taking up the responsibility of the society. Satan may mislead you to think that if I don’t do it then how will people be guided? Allah has his ways of guiding people and if you are worthy of this noble job, Allah will surely give you an opportunity to give your best. Prove it to him and you will be chosen for sure inshaAllah.
‘O you who have believed, protect yourselves and your families from a Fire whose fuel is people and stones’
(Al Quran, Surah At-Tehreem, Chapter 66, Verse 6)
Narrated Anas Bin Malik (رضي الله عنه): The Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلّم), “Make things easy for the people, and do not make things difficult for them and give them glad tidings and do not repel them”.
(Sahih Al Bukhari, Volume 1, The Book of Knowledge, Hadith Number 69)