Do Refutations From The People Of Knowledge Upon Ahlu Bidah Distract A Person From Seeking Islamic Knowledge?
Shaykh Zayd Al-Madkhalee said, “This doubt [that refutations from the people of knowledge upon Ahlu Bidah distracts a person from seeking Islamic knowledge] is false and from the deceptions placed upon the people and I don’t think this statement is circulating from a person [or people] who has[/have] any portion of knowledge, because the books of refutations are present, distributed, printed and read since the first generations until our present time.
The one who reads the refutations of Imam Ahmad – may Allah have mercy upon him – upon the Jahmiyah and hypocrites and the refutations of Imam Ibn Taymiyyah and Imam Ibn Al Qayyim will find the bulk of their works contain refutations upon the people of deviance including the Jews, the Christians, the people of innovation such as the Jahmiyah, Mutazila, Asharees, Maturidiya and Kulabiya. They contain refutations upon the people who say Allah is one with His creation, refutations upon the Sufis and other than them which are too many to mention…
Therefore the books of refutations are jihad in the cause of Allah; rather Ibn Al Qayyim considers refuting the people of innovations and desires greater than jihad on the battle field. This is because in jihad on the battle field, you find that many of the people embark upon this kind of jihad, many people are courageous, scholars and those from the laymen.
As for jihad with knowledge and the tongue, by bringing the argument and evidence to the people of innovation, misguidance and desires, no one embarks upon this; no one is suitable for this except for the firmly rooted scholars. Thus it becomes obvious that the people of knowledge have virtue over those who fight on the battle field.
Therefore: If this statement [, “Refutations from the people of knowledge upon Ahlu Bidah distracts a person from seeking Islamic knowledge”] comes from an ignorant person it is incumbent upon him to learn and if it comes from a person who claims to have knowledge then he is either a iperson with compound ignorance (i.e. he does not understand this issue yet he is too ignorant to realise he does not understand the issue at hand) or a person of deception thus it becomes incumbent to warn against him and Allah knows best.”
Posted by Abdul Kareem Ibn Ozzie