• look • to • who • you • take • your • Deen • from •

Imaam Ibn Seereen (rahimahullaah) said: ‘Indeed, This knowledge Is Deen, So Look To The One You Take Your Deen From”

Sheikh Ahmad Bin Umar Bazmool (hafidha-hullaah) stated in explanation of the above statement of Imaam Ibn Seereen (rahimahullaah):

Indeed, Allah (Azza-Wa-Jal) has commanded us that, when He (Azza-Wa-Jal) said: ‘So ask the people of the Dhikr (the Reminder), if you do not know’. [21:7]

Allah commanded us to ask the people of the Dzikr (the Reminder), and the Salafus Saalih have clarified that the Ulama are the people of the Dhikr.  So Allaah (Azza-Wa-Jal) specifying the Ulama as (those) to be asked is evidence that others besides them are not to be asked.  And likewise, Imaams Bukhaari and Muslim reported in the Saheehayn on the authority of Aa’isha (radiyallaahu-anhaa) that the Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) recited the statement of Allah (Azza-Wa-Jal):

‘It is He Who has sent down to you (Muhammad) the Book (this Qur’aan). In it are Verses that are entirely clear, they are the foundations of the Book [and those are the Verses of Al-Ahkaam (commandments, etc.), Al-Faraa’id (obligatory duties) and Al-Hudud (legal laws for the punishment of thieves, adulterers, etc.)]; and others not entirely clear. So as for those in whose hearts there is a deviation (from the truth) they follow that which is not entirely clear thereof, seeking Al-Fitnah (polytheism and trials, etc.), and seeking for its hidden meanings, but none knows its hidden meanings save Allah.’[3:7]

(Then after reciting the above ayah), he (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said: ‘If you see those who follow thereof that is not entirely clear, then they are those whom Allaah has named [as having deviation from the truth].  So beware of them'[1]

In this hadeeth is a warning against a people who give out knowledge, teach and issue verdicts.  So their condition must be known.

Imaam Nawawi (rahimahullaah) said: ”In this hadeeth is a warning against mixing with the people of deviation, the people of bidah and those who seek after the difficult affairs (of the Religion), seeking by it fitnah.  So they are not to be consented to, rather (they are to be) restrained and subdued just as Umar Ibnul Khattaab (radiyallaahu-anhu) subdued Sabee Bin Asl when he sought after the Mutashaabih (the unclear verses).

[1] Reported by Bukhaari in Kitaab At-Tafseer


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