Shaykh Saaleh al Fawzaan (hafidhahullaah)
was asked regarding the ruling of the student of knowledge who follows up the mistakes of some of the Du’at, compiles it and distributes it in tape form, and if this is from the manhajus- salafi?
He (hafidhahullaah) answered: If the intention (of the person) is to
clarify the truth and clarify the mistake then this good. This from da’wah
to Allaah that we clarify the mistakes so that the people do not fall in to it. However, if the intention (of the person) is to please his own desires
and to seek revenge against the person and to degrade the honor of the person then this not permissible.
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According to the ‘ulama of Ahlu Sunnah wal-Jama’ah, if the
mistakes are committed openly than such a person should announce his repentance (taboo) and publicly rectify (aslahoo wa bayyanoo) the affairs with regards to that which he has caused by of damage, as Allaah, the Most High said:
إلاَّ الَّذِينَ تَابُوا وَأَصْلَحُوا
وَبَيَّنُوا فَأُوْلَئِكَ أَتُوبُ عَلَيْهِمْ وَأَنَا التَّوَّاب
‘Except those who repent and do righteous deeds, and openly declare
(the truth which they concealed). These, I will accept their
repentance. And I am the One Who accepts repentance, the Most Merciful’ (Surah Baqarah 2:160)
Shaykh Saaleh al Fawzaan (hafidhahullaah) was also asked about a
person who made tawbah from falsehood but however it (the falsehood)
became wide spread, so is his tawbah accepted?
He (hafidhahullaah) replied: The one who repents then his repentance is accepted by Allaah. If he was calling to misguidance then made tawbah and starts to call to the truth then Allah will accept his tawbah. But however, it is upon him to announce his tawbah in front of the people…
Extracted from the audio:
So if the person does not make an open retraction after spreading the mistakes among the people then he is to be refuted in order that he openly retracts and so that he cannot be followed in his mistakes.
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Complied by: Abu Fajr Abdul Fataah al Kanadi
(ولا يأتونك بمثل إلا جئناك بالحق وأحسن تفسيراً)
“And no example or similitude do they bring (to oppose or to find
fault in you or in this Qur’an), except We reveal to you the truth
(against that similitude or example), and the better explanation
thereof” Surah al Furqaan , 33.