Shaykh Rabee, “From the right of a Muslim over his Muslim brother is that he advise him. When he sees that his brother has fallen into a mistake or a matter of opposition, he gives him advice.
However the advice that you give to your beloved Muslim brother, person of sound manhaj [i.e. the Salafi manhaj], the advice should be given in a good manner, privately between yourselves.
The advice is not to be given publicly on websites and public forums online. Nor should it be by running the people away from your Muslim brother who is with you upon the correct, good Manhaj.
We advise each other, however it is to be done with good words and good mannerisms. It is not to be done by publicly exposing the mistake and running people away from this brother. This is what is befitting to be between us.
We have to be people who love one another (for the sake of Allaah) and who advise one another with good mannerisms.
If a mistake takes place from your brother, advise him, give him the advice in a good manner. It is not to be done by publicizing his mistake, running the people away him and warning against him.
We should meet one another as brothers, who are upon goodness and correct methodology, receiving our brother with a pleasant smile. Indeed this is from the good character of Islaam. Don’t look down upon any matter of goodness even if it is meeting your brother with a smile.
Jareer ibn ‘Abdillaah al-Bajalee mentioned: “The Prophet never prevented me from himself since I accepted Islaam, nor has he ever seen me except that he smiled at me.”
The Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) mentioned: “Smiling in the face of your brother is a good deed.”
This is from the good character of Islaam that we observe with our brothers.
As Allaah has stated: “They are merciful amongst themselves.” – Soorah al-Fath: 29
The Da’wah (Call) of Ahlis-Sunnah is a Da’wah of Rahmah (Mercy).
Allaah stated: “And We have not sent you except as a mercy to the creation.” – Soorah al-Anbiyaa: 107
Allaah stated: “By the mercy of Allaah you were gentle with them. And if you were harsh and stern with them they would have left from around you.” – Soorah Aali-‘Imraan: 159
Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (may Allaah mercy upon him) mentioned that: “Ahlus-Sunnah are those who have mercy upon the creation and follow the truth.”
We are to advise one another and cooperate with one another upon righteousness and piety.
If someone from amongst us makes a mistake, we advise him with good mannerisms and good speech.
If he remains upon his mistake and he views his position to be correct, there’s no harm that we contact the people of knowledge or the mashaayikh of the Sunnah and present to them that which has occurred of problems and differing amongst us. The people of knowledge will direct us and advise us with that which they see to be sound and correct. We are to return to them and take their statements. This is what is required of us.
As for each person tenaciously following his view and statement, speaking against his Muslim brother, who is one of sound Manhaj, this is incorrect. The matter could possibly reach the point where one begins to warn against his brother or may not greet him due to view which he could be correct in or wrong. This is an error and something that’s not correct oh my brothers.
Ahlus Sunnah advise one another and cooperate with one another upon righteousness and piety.
If one of them makes a mistake and his mistake is clear, he is to be advised.
If he persists upon that, the matter is to be presented to the people of knowledge. When each person views that he is correct and the other is wrong and the matter is one where it’s possible that the person can be correct or mistaken in. This in order to hear the advice and direction of the scholars (and they will establish who is correct or incorrect in the matter). This is what is befitting to take place between us.
As for disputing and differing, the end result of that is failure.
Allaah has stated: “Do not differ with one another lest you fail and your strength leaves you.” – Soorah al-Anfaal: 46
From that which makes the enemies (of Islaam) happy is that there are differences between the people of the Sunnah, the people of sound Manhaj. This makes the enemies happy and causes weakness in the Da’wah of Ahlus-Sunnah.
I ask Allaah to gives us and you all the success.” Ref: masjidnurallah.com
Posted by Abdul Kareem Ibn Ozzie