The Ruling on Studying with an Innovator- Shaikh Ahmad an-Najmi

Question: What is the ruling on studying with the people of innovation with the following conditions:

  1. The knowledge [hoping to be studied]  is not found with Ahlul Sunnah or it is present however they are not free of time to teach.

  2. The person has some innovation, for example, ascribing to the Muslim Brotherhood. However he does not call to this and is not well-known in this organization.

  3. And you are in need of building your foundational knowledge, so what do you do? And what is the guidance [on this issue]? Jazakallahu Khairan

Answer: “The strongest opinion with me is that the it is not necessary to study with the innovator because sometimes he will enter his innovation in his lessons, make it beloved to the students, and spread it by way of the lessons. How many students of knowledge began on the path of authentic Salafiyyah, then he ascribes to a Shaikh, sits with him a lot until he diverts him from what he was upon. So it is necessary for the Salafi student of knowledge who wants the truth not to study with the innovator and he might accept [the innovation] and he does not know”.

[Fatawaa Sharh Saheeh Muslim (8/1-9)]

Translated by

Faisal Ibn Abdul Qaadir Ibn Hassan

Abu Sulaymaan

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