The shaykh (Ahmad Bazmool) hafidhahullah stated that this issue of knowing merely the (deviated) groups and the likes is a very important subject. It is taken from the statement of Muhammad Ibn Sareeh rahimahullah this is a matter or this knowledge is a matter of deen, so be careful who you take your deen from. This matter is a matter of deen, so be careful who you take your deen from.
So this is how important this issue is.
It is that the knowledge, when one takes from someone or one hears from someone or one learns from someone, that knowledge is going to be deen. Something that is going to be weighty on the Day of Judgment, something that he is going to meet Allaah with, so it is important that he takes his knowledge only from those who are known to have (correct) knowledge.
(Those) who are known to have taqwa (fear of Allah) and who are known to be upon righteousness. Because what he takes is going to be his path to the hereafter.
Thus look to who you take your deen from, means that a Muslim must look that he takes his deen from Ahlus Sunnah, the Salafiyyoon, the ones who follow the salaf us salih (the righteous predecessors).
Secondly that the one that he takes his deen from is someone who has knowledge, known for knowledge, known for being upright and known for having taqwa. (Because) this knowledge is a matter of deen so be careful who you take your deen from…
Then Shaykh Ahmad Bazmool hafidhahullah stated that the people are of two types. The awwam or the general laymen who have no knowledge and the tullabul ilm (students of knowledge), al ulemaa (the scholars) they are together, tullabul ilm and the ulemaa.
Now the ulemaa and the students are of two types. The ulemaa who are not in reality scholars and those are the ones who have hizbiyyah or innovation or partisanship or politics or this movement oriented overthrowing governments and blowing up things and things of this nature, bid’ah (innovation) and mistakes in their aqeedah and their manhaj. These individuals should never be taken from whatsoever.
The second is the tullabul ilm and the ulemaa who are upon the sunnah, salafiyyeen upon the way of the salaf us saalih. They are upon the way of the sunnah and on the way of the salaf us saalih. These individuals the scholars are the source that you go to.
The students of knowledge are actually made a (unclear) source. They are individuals that you benefit from but you are never to take their statements over the statements of the ulemaa, of the scholars.
So if we reiterate this point, the awwam the general masses don’t take anything from them but rather they should be taught, for they are ignorant. And those people who are considered scholars but their methodology is incorrect, their aqeedah and manhaj is incorrect they are involved in siyasah (politics) or hizbiyyah or matters that are secretive and things of this nature they should not be taken from, for they are in reality apart of the seventy two groups that are promised the Hellfire.
Rather the one that should be taken from are the tullabul ilm and ulemaa who are upon the sunnah and who are upon the way of the salaf us saalih.
But the distinction must be made that we take the words of the ulemaa over the words of the student of knowledge.
For instance if the Senior Scholars…say something then we take…what they have said because they are the greater scholars. And it is not right to take what a student of knowledge says just because he is salafee unless he has some clear evidence that he has stated that the scholars have missed.
But generally speaking if the people have taken a student of knowledges (words) because he is salafee over the scholars (words), this is a great mistake…
Ref: Transcription of Shaykh Ahmed Bazmools lecture entitled, ‘Be Careful From Who You Take Your Deen From’
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