Shaykh Bin Baz said, “Praise be to Allah, and may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah and those who follow his guidance.
I…[wanted to] give some advice to my brothers from the [Salafi] scholars and [Sala du`aat (callers to Allah). If they want to criticize their brothers in articles, lectures or symposiums, it should be in the form of objective, constructive criticism without mentioning names of people, as this causes enmity and clashes among the people.
If the Prophet (peace be upon him) knew that one of his Sahabah (Companions) did something contradictory to Shari`ah (Islamic law), he used to say, “I have heard that some people said so and so.” [Bukhari and Muslim]
Then, he used to clarify the correct ruling on this.
He was once told that a man said, “I shall offer Salah (Prayer) continuously without sleeping.” Another man said, “I shall observe Sawm (fast) continuously without breaking it.” The third said, “I shall never marry.” The Prophet (peace be upon him) gave a Khutbah (sermon) to the people, praised Allah, and then said, “I have heard that some people said so and so. However, I offer Salah and sleep too; I observe Sawm and abstain (from Sawm); and I also marry women. Whoever turns away from my Sunnah (supererogatory act of worship following the example of the Prophet) has no relation with me.”[Bukhari and Muslim]
I mean that warning the people should be done in this way, like what the Prophet said, such as “Some people say so and so, but it is prescribed to do so.” Thus, criticism is directed without hurting anyone, but only as a form of clarifying the Shariah (Islamically lawful) way, so that love and affection remain among the Muslim brothers, Du`aat (callers to Allah) and scholars.
I am not referring to certain people; I am referring to all the Du`aat and scholars, whether at home [i.e. Saudi Arabia] or abroad.
My advice to everyone is to give mutual advice to each other implicitly, not explicitly. The aim is to attract their attention to the mistake committed and clarify Al-Haqq (the truth), with no need to hurt certain people.
May Allah grant everyone success!”
Ref: alifta.net – Fatwas of Ibn Baz, volume 7
Posted by Abdul Kareem Ibn Ozzie