Shaykh Zayd Bin Muhammad Al-Madkhalee said, “First: I say that it is not permissible to hold an evil presumption about (any individual from) Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jamaah who hold fast to it (the Sunnah) and who show loyalty to its adherents, and who sit with them and keep away from the people of innovation and desires.
And it is permissible to have a evil presumption about one who brings (in speech and deed) that (which) becomes reasons for it, such as the one you see becoming angry when the people of innovation are mentioned, spoken about and are warned against in general.
Or you hear him defending certain groups or individuals (from Ahlu Bidah).
Or certain indicators make clear that this individual is one who softens the methodology of Ahlu Sunnah (towards Ahlu Bidah).
So you should not promote him, nor direct (others) to take from him until the safety (in his position) becomes clear to you, then you direct the students of knowledge to take knowledge from him.
Or if it becomes apparent to you that he shows loyalty to the people of innovation, even if it is just by promoting them and not showing rejection against them. Then beware of him and warn against him and truthful is what was said by the poet:
‘Whatever trait a man might posses, even if he concealed it from the people will become known.’
So the likes of this one and whoever is like him, you should explain to him, his error with a clear manifest explanation. You should present to him the evidences by which the error is distinguished from what is correct.
Then watch and see with which party he advances to and with which group he shows affinity, and with whom he accompanies and rests with.
And know that whoever tried to hide his innovation from Ahlu Sunnah, his companionship will not remain hidden from them.”
Ref: al-Ajwibah al-Athariyyah An il-Masaa’il al-Manhajiyyah (p. 93)
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