It is not permissible to take knowledge from

Shaykh Saalih ibn al-Fawzaan al-Fawzaan حفظه الله said:

فلا يجوز الأخذ عن الجهال ولو كانوا متعالمين، ولا الأخذ عن المنحرفين في العقيدة بشرك أو تعطيل، ولا الأخذ عن المبتدعة والمنحرفين وإن سموا علماء.

“It is not permissible to take [knowledge] from an ignorant even if they are Muta’aalim [1]. And it is not permissible to take [knowledge] from someone who has deviancy in ‘Aqeedah (creed) such as shirk (polytheism) or negating the names and attributes of Allaah. And it is not permissible to take [knowledge] from an innovator or deviant even if they are called scholars.”

[Source: Al-Ajwabah al-Mufeedah ‘an As’ilah al-Manaahij al-Jadeedah, page 254]

Footnote:

[1] someone who feigns knowledge and lack understanding and does/did not seek knowledge directly from the people of knowledge

Shaykh Saalih ibn al-Fawzaan al-Fawzaan حفظه الله was asked:

Question:

السؤال : رجل يدرس الناس العلوم الشرعية و عقيدة السلف مع انه لم يتلقى العلم عن المشائخ و العلماء هل يؤخذ عنه العلم ؟

A man teaches the people the sciences of the Islamic legislation and the Aqeedah of the Salaf even though he did not acquire knowledge from the mashaayikh and the scholars; is knowledge taken from him?

Reply:

الجواب : ما دام انه ليس عنده تأصيل عن العلماء انما هو متتلمذ على الاوراق و على الكتب فلا ما يؤخذ عنه العلم لانه ما يفهم مذهب السلف و لا يفهم الا عن دراسة على العلماء تلقي على العلماء هذا العلم بالتلقي ما هو بالقراءة فقط بالتلقي لكن القراءة مساعدة فقط فلا يعتمد عليها فمثل هذا يقال له متعالم و لا يؤخذ عنه العلم . نعم 
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عنوان الدرس كتاب صفة الصلاة- العلامة صالح بن فوزان الفوزان-5-محرم-1434

As long as he does not have foundation from the scholars (i.e. did not acquire knowledge from them in person and has no recommendations for that), rather he sought (knowledge) from papers and books, then knowledge is not taken from him because he does not understand the Madhab of the salaf. And it (i.e. Madhab of the Salaf) is not understood except by studying under the scholars. (It) is acquired (from the scholars)–this knowledge is (acquired from the scholars) and not only through reading. It is acquired (through the scholars), but reading is only an aid and not depended on. The likes of this (person) is called a Muta’aalim and knowledge is not taken from him.

[Source: Lesson on “Kitaab Sifatus-Salaah”, 5th Muharram, 1434 A.H.]

Author: Islamic Treasure

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