Studying with the People of Innovation

by The Albaani Blog


Questioner: Okay, O Shaikh, there are some students who study with Ash’ari Shaikhs who misguide [people], but they don’t study aqidah … only other sciences like grammar, syntax, the Quraan, is this allowed? Or do you advise …

Al-Albaani: This doesn’t help at all, “… and do not call each other by [offensive] nicknames,” [Hujuraat 49:11] that which benefits is, firstly, correct knowledge and secondly that it is coupled with advice, and the religion is sincere advice as you all know, thereafter this is an Ash’ari and this is a Maaturidi and this one is so and so … this divides the Jamaa’ah of the Muslims and kindles rancour …

Questioner: Ya’ni, what I mean O Shaikh, is that he studies sciences other than aqidah or theological rhetoric with him and so on … is it correct? Or do you advise …. he studies for example …

[Someone comes in and gives salaam]

Al-Albaani: Wa alaikum salaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuhu. Welcome, may Allaah bless you. Welcome, welcome, how are you? Welcome.

[Someone else comes in and gives salaam]

Al-Albaani: Wa alaikum salaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuhu. How are you? Okay, how’s your father?

Person who Entered: We praise Allaah …

Al-Albaani: Okay?

Person who Entered: We praise Allaah …

Al-Albaani: Alhamdulillaah. [Addressing the original questioner] I don’t understand what you mean?

Questioner: Ya’ni, a student of knowledge meets an Ash’ari Shaikh … and he is a beginner and wants to try for some grammar or syntax, so is this permissible for him … is it correct for him to do that or should he leave it?

Al-Albaani: Ya’ni, he wants to study grammar or syntax with this other Shaikh?

Questioner: Yes.

Al-Albaani: And he [i.e.,] the Shaikh is an Ash’ari, for example?

Questioner: Yes.

Al-Albaani: If he [i.e., the student] is well-versed in aqidah then it is permissible, and if not, then no.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 79.