Shaykh Salih Al-Fawzaan said: Yes it is obligatory (upon the scholars) to clarify the danger of partisanship and dividing and splitting (to the youth and the common people) so that the people can be upon insight and understanding because even the common people are being deceived. How many of the common people in this time have been fooled by some of the groups because they believe that they are upon the truth?
So it is a must that we clarify to the people, the students and the common people, the danger of these parties and sects because if they remained silent [i.e. the scholars] then the people would say, “The scholars were aware of this and they remained silent.” Due to this innovation would enter upon them.
So it is necessary to clarify these matters when these things appear. The danger for the common people is greater than the danger [posed] to the students because if the scholars remain silent the common people will think that this is correct and that this is the truth.
Ref: al-Ajwibah al-Mufidah, p. 131