If an insightful Scholar disparages a person, may Allah bless you, then it is obligatory to accept that disparagement. | Shaykh Rabee’ hafidhahullaah

Shaikh Rabee’ Ibn Haadi al-Madkhali said:

، فإذا جرّح عالم بصير شخصا-بارك الله فيكم- يجب قبول هذا الجرح، فإذا عارضه عالم عدل متقن، حينئذ يُدرس- يعني- ما قاله الطرفان ويُنظر هذا الجرح وهذا التعديل، فإن كان الجرح مفسّرا مبيّنا قُدِّم على التعديل و لو كثُر عدد المعدِّلين، إذا جرّح عالمٌ بجرح مفسّر و عدّله عشرون ، خمسون عالما ما عندهم أدلة، ما عندهم إلا حُسن الظّنّ والأخذ بالظاهر، و عنده الأدلة على جرح هذا الرجل، فإنه يُقدم الجرح، لأن الجارح معه حجة ، والحجة هي المقدَّمة

“If an insightful Scholar disparages a person, may Allah bless you, then it is obligatory to accept that disparagement. If another just, proficient Scholar, opposes him, then we study, as they say both sides, and look at this disparagement and this praise. If the disparagement is explanatory, clear, then it precedes the praise even if many people praise the individual. If the Scholar disparages with an explanatory disparagement and twenty other Scholars praise him or even fifty who do not have with them proof except good thoughts about the person and taking what is apparent, they don’t have proof for praising this individual, then the disparagement precedes. This is because the one disparaging has the proof and the proof takes precedence…”

[From the Tape: Sami’ Fi Kalam ‘ala Faalih al-Harbi]

Translated by

Faisal Ibn Abdul Qaadir Ibn Hassan
Abu Sulaymaan

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