Shaykh Albani said, “…The issue [bigoted following of a particular shaykh] is not a knowledge-based one, it is one of manners, it is an issue to do with manners…[as corrupt] desires may enter the situation.
…Just as we are not bigoted for any one of the four Imams, who were people upon whose knowledge and excellence and fear of their Lord there is unanimity, and that they would not say anything except after they were satisfied that it was correct even though they could make mistakes as we said, so we advise these people [who are bigoted and fanatical towards a certain shaykh] not to become fanatical/bigoted for people who are insignificant in relation to those exemplary Imams, and [we advise] that they take what is correct from any person from whom it emanates.
Curing [corrupt] desires is one of the most difficult things, for this reason we order them [those who have this type of bigotry] fear Allaah the Mighty and Majestic and not to hate [those who don’t have bigotry for the same shaykh] and [do not] be averse to one another, which [is something] we have been forbidden from in the Book of Allah and in the hadeeth of Allah’s Messenger.
So [unlike] a mistake [which] is pointed out by the Book and the Sunnah, bad manners and bad upbringing are not cured by a statement, a reminder or advice … when a person knows the truth and turns away from it … he knows that a certain person is not infallible but still is bigoted for him and he knows that another person is like the first [i.e., also not infallible] but is bigoted against him, then there is no cure for this except for that person to fear Allaah the Mighty and Majestic…” Ref: Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 799
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