Shaykh Albani said, “…With regret, some disunity has occurred [between different groups of Salafis] and thus just as we advise the very people who have differed from amongst the callers, the scholars or the students of knowledge not to be enemies [one to another] but rather to love each other and to make excuses for each other whilst sticking to reminding and advising [each other] with that which is best, then in the same way we advise those of the Ummah–with all their [differing] levels–who are not scholars or students of knowledge but are from the general [mass of] Muslims, also not to be influenced by such differences they see occurring between the callers [and not to let that differing between the scholars and students of knowledge amongst themselves make them (the common-folk) start to differ amongst themselves].
Because in the Noble Quran we read that separation in the religion is not from the makeup of the Muslims but rather is a characteristic of the polytheists, “… and be not of the polytheists, of those who split up their religion and became sects, each sect rejoicing in that which is with it.” [Rum 30:31-32]
In order to guard unity and stand united he [the prophet Mohammed] said, as is reported in Saheeh Bukhari regarding the imams who lead the people in prayer, “If they lead the prayer correctly then they and you will receive the rewards, but if they make a mistake, then you will receive the reward for the prayer and the sin will be theirs.” [Bukhaari, no. 694]
So, O common Muslim who does not enter the category of scholars who have been mentioned in His Saying, the Most High, “So ask the people of the message …” [Nahl 16:43]
These people are the scholars, so you, the group of Muslims who do not know, i.e., those who are not from “the people of the message,” it is obligatory upon you to ask the people of the message and it is not obligatory upon you to be fanatical for/take the side of an individual from these scholars [or students of knowledge who are disputing and differing amongst themselves], except [we take the side of and are only fanatical] for the Prophet who has been described by Allaah the Mighty and Majestic in truth, “Nor does he speak from [his own] inclination. It is not but a revelation revealed.” [Najm 53:3-4]…”
Ref: Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 799.
Posted by Abdul Kareem Ibn Ozzie