Shaykhul-Islām Ibn al-Qayyim رحمه الله stated:
The oppressive, ignorant one opposes you without any proof. He declares you to be a disbeliever or an innovator without proof. Your (only) sin is your desire for other than his detrimental path and disparaged history/way. Therefore do not be deceived by the abdundance of the likes of this (individual). Indeed thousands from amongst them do not equal to one individual from the people of knowledge. And one (individual) from the people knowledge is equal to an earth full of them.