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Warning from Evil (Truth will not be Distinguished from Falsehood Except by way of Knowledge)

February 27th, 2015
Shaykh Rabī‘ bin Hādī bin ‘Umayr al-Madkhaly
"Majmū‘ Kutub wa-Rasā’il wa-Fatāwa [of the] virtuous distinguished Scholar Rabī‘ bin Hādi bin ‘Umar al-Madkhaly" Vol. 14, pg. 351 & 352; First Edition 1431 ھـ ; Dar Imām Aḥmad, Egypt. Chapter: "Principles and Matters related to dealing with the Opposer"
Abu Abdil-Alim Amin Manning al-Makki

Shaykh Rabī‘ bin Hādī bin ‘Umayr al-Madkhaly was asked...

Some of the youth are in doubt about their affair! They don't know what they should do [or] who they should follow. They don't know the evil of division and of the groups/parties. So what is your advice?!

Truth [will] not be distinguished from falsehood for them except [by way of] knowledge!

Firstly: Be sincere for Allāh! [Have] resolve [in] his/[ones] heart upon loving the truth and seeking the truth! Never be fanatic towards anyone, whoever they may be! Not his father, brother, not anyone! When he knows the truth by way of its proofs and he finds the leaders of Islām and the salaf upon it, he [must] take [hold] of it and bite onto it with his molars! And when he knows that [something] is falsehood, he leaves it, even if his father, fore-fathers, teachers and scholars are upon it! He leaves this falsehood and he warns from it! Like [how] Allāh sent all of the messengers, may the peace and blessings of Allāh be upon them all. He sent with them books to warn from evil [and] innovations, and the most evil of affairs are the newly invented matters! When you find that an affair is (evil) [and] when you find an affair is (bid‘ah), then it is upon you to leave it for Allāh The Lord of all that exists!

[Thus], his allegiance is for Allāh. He loves for Allāh and he hates for Allāh. He is sincere to Allāh in (seeking knowledge)! He seeks knowledge from its pure sources. So what you have become aware of from the truth, then bite onto it with your molars! And [as for] that which is in it from falsehood, then avoid it and run away from it, [like] you [would] flee from a lion and warn others from it!

I add to that, taking [knowledge] from the trustworthy scholars [whom] the sunnah has [been] attested to for them!