Shaykh Abdul Mohsin Al-Abbaad said, “This [argumentation between (young) Salafi brothers and refusing to speak to one and other, due to issues between the Salafi scholars or the more senior Salafi students of knowledge] is a great tribulation. It is one of the most disastrous trials as it causes splits and differences amongst the [Salafi] students [and the Salafi laymen]. Meaning, that this is an affliction that results in adversarial enemy like feelings towards each other, [Salafi] in-fighting [to the point that] some of them don’t give the greetings of salams to other [Salafi brothers].
This is one of the worst things that could happen and one of the most dangerous things that can happen.
Indeed, upon every person is to strive towards seeking knowledge and anyone who occupies himself with such antagonistic discourse will only learn such argumentation and nothing else.
He, who busies himself with scandalous chit chat, gossip, back biting, accusing Muslims of great sins and warning people against other [Salafi] students of knowledge and [Salafi] scholars. This is not the way that will lead to any benefit whatsoever. This is the wrong way and gains no portion or share of knowledge except that type of useless argumentation. They are in dire misfortune and an ill condition.
However, the correct path is to occupy yourself with the knowledge of the Islamic sciences with great effort.
Also upon every person is to preserve his tongue from speaking sinfully. This means to be careful not to give up and waste your good deeds by turning them over to the people who you unjustly speak badly of. Indeed it is much better to save and preserve your good deeds for yourself.
Futhermore it has been narrated in a hadeeth, that the Prophet Muhammad (sallalahu alaihi wasallam) said, “Do you know who is bankrupt?”
The Sahaba (radhiAllahu ‘anhum) said, “The one without money or goods is bankrupt.”
(They thought he meant who is bankrupt in terms of the temporary life of this world. Yet, the Prophet (sallalahu alaihi wasallam) was asking them about who would be bankrupt or penniless in the next life. This is one of the methods of the Prophet (sallalahu alaihi wasallam) , that he would ask a question in order to prepare the mind of the listeners for what he was going to teach them. If he didn’t introduce the teaching with such a question, then the listeners wouldn’t pay the same amount of attention to what he was saying and they wouldn’t be fully prepared to comprehend the lesson.)
The Prophet (sallalahu alaihi wasallam) said, “Verily, the bankrupt of my nation are those who come on the Day of Resurrection with prayers, fasting, and charity, but also with insults, slander, consuming wealth, shedding blood, and beating others. The oppressed will each be given from his good deeds. If his good deeds run out before justice is fulfilled, then their sins will be cast upon him and he will be thrown into the Hellfire.” (Saheeh Muslim)
This is the person who is truly bankrupt.
So everyone should be forewarned, be careful and protect themselves so as not to be from amongst one of those bankrupt people. This is the person whose bankruptcy is the bankruptcy of the next life – he occupies himself with eating the flesh of people, by backbiting them. He occupies much of his time in these affairs.
Therefore he will most likely earn no good deeds except that he will give them up and distribute them to those he had spoken ill of behind their backs.
I ask Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) to grant success to all.”
Ref: An English translation of a Q&A with Shaykh Abdul Mohsin Al-Abbaad in Arabic sent to my Whats App (on the 26th March 2016) by brother Talib Alexander (a graduate from Madeenah University and a well known Salafi Islamic caller in England)
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