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Abdur-Razzaq ash-Shayijee
  Refuting Shayijee : Al-Muwazanah - Mentioning the Good and Bad Points Together
Author: Faalih Bin Talee'ah
Source: Translated by Abu Iyaad as-Salafi
Article ID : NDV100002  [14264]  
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The Principle of Counterbalancing the Bad AND the Good Points in the Understanding of ash-Shaayijee

Ash-Shayijee considers that the greatest principle of this astray group is their saying that it is not necessary to mention the good points of an innovator when warning against him. He says: “"The Book of Shaikh Rabee’ bin Haadee ‘The Methodology of Ahl us-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah in Criticising Books and Movements’, it is in this book that the fundamental principle of this group has been set down - and its most evil one, absolutely. And it is from this principle that all the other corrupt principles have been derived. And Shaikh Rabee’ has made the manhaj of Ahl us- Sunnah in criticising, that they do not mention except the evil points of a righteous Muslim, even if he was not aware of them, or if they occurred from him due to an error or due to an oversight.""

Let the noble reader know that ash-Shaayijee did not quote the words of Shaikh Rabee’ textually. He mentions them in his own unique style and in a way which depends on causing [undue] alarm, provocation and exaggeration - as the brother, Mubaarak bin Saif has explained - and Shaikh Rabee’ - may Allaah preserve him - has not said that everyone who falls into an innovation whether due to an error or due to an oversight that he is an innovator.

Ash-Shaayijee then, intends by this that same principle which Shaikh Rabee’ - may Allaah preserve him - has destroyed. And we say here, that if this is the fundamental principle of all the principles of this astray group, in absolute terms, then what do you say about Shaikh Abdul- Azeez Bin Baaz - may Allaah preserve him - since a question was put to him [about this] and here is its text:

Q. There are some people who enjoin ‘counterbalancing’ (al-Muwaazanah), meaning that when you criticise an innovator to warn people from him, that it is obligatory upon you to mention his good points/deeds so that you do not treat him unjustly?

A. No, it is not necessary, it is not necessary. And this is why when you read the books of Ahl us-Sunnah you will find the purpose behind them to warn. Read in the book of al-Bukhaaree ‘Khalq Af’aal ul-‘Ibaad’ and ‘Kitaab ul-Adab’ (the Book of Manners) in the Saheeh and ‘Kitaab us-Sunnah of Abdullaah bin Ahmad and ‘Kitaab ut-Tawheed’ of Ibn Khuzaimah and the refutation of Uthmaan bin Sa’eed ad-Daarimee against the Ahl ul-Bid’ah... and other such books. They mention this for the purpose of warning from their falsehood and the intent is not to enumerate their good points/deeds. The intent is to warn from their falsehood. And their good points/deeds have no value in relation to one who disbelieves - when his innovation makes him a disbeliever, his good deeds are nullified and when it does not make him a disbeliever then he is in a precarious situation. The intent is to expose the errors and deviations - which it is necessary to warn against." [The Methodology of Ahl us-Sunnah wal- Jamaa’ah in Criticising Men, Books and Movements]

And Shaikh Saalih al-Fawzaan was questioned about the same matter and here is the text:

Q. It has spread amongst the youth today amongst the youth that it is obligatory to counterbalance between to good and bad points/deeds when criticising and so they say: ‘When you criticise such and such person for an innovation and you expose his mistakes, it is necessary for you to mention his good points/deeds - and this is from the perspective of justice and fairness. So is this manhaj (methodology) in criticising correct? And is it necessary for me to mention the good points/deeds when criticising?

A. When the one who is being criticised is from Ahl us- Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah and his mistakes are in matters which do not relate to ‘aqeedah, then yes... his good points/deeds and exceptional [qualities] are mentioned. His mistakes and slips are overwhelmed by his aid for the Sunnah.

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