Shaykh Ahmad An-Najjar said, “…Firstly: The expression Ghulaat At-Tajreeh in and of itself [is Islamically correct].
The meaning of “Ghuluw”: Is Exceeding the limits and this wording is in the Shariah (Islamic law).
Allah The most high says: “O People of the Scripture, do not exceed limits (تغلوا) in your religion” (Surah Al-Ma’idah (5,77))
The root of (the word) is “Ghala” and here it is connected to the word “At-Tajreeh so the meaning becomes:
‘Exceeding the limits with regards to criticising.’
Without even looking from one angle this expression in and of itself is correct when it is attributed to certain individuals and it is prohibited to use it from another angle, so it is correct to use it on those who exceed the limits in criticising, so they start criticising in that which should not be criticised or they practice absolute boycotting without considering the benefits and the harms. Its use is prohibited with regards to those who criticise with due right and justice and declare innovators those who deserve to be declared innovators in agreement with the required principles of Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jamaah.
Those that use the expression Ghulaat At-Tajreeh to describe others, doesn’t happen except in the following situations:
The First Situation:
The expression is used to describe all of the scholars of the Sunnah without exception, so this will not be said except from those who are not from Ahlul Sunnah and from those whose hearts have become overcome with rancour and hatred against them [the scholars of Ahlu Sunnah].
The Second Situation:
This expression is used on some of those from Ahlul Sunnah from those who criticise with due right and justice while considering the benefits and the harms, so its use in this situation is oppression on them and they are and are to be censured. It is correct that these people be punished if the conditions are present.
The Third Situation:
The expression is used on those on some of Ahlul sunnah who criticise without due right and oppression and transgress on the rights of people so in this situation it usage is correct and there is no blame in its (usage here).
[Lastly] it is not correct to take the narrations of the Salaf in which they warned from Ahlu Bidah and they boycotted them and then use [these narrations] in an absolute sense as an argument against those who say “Ghulaat At-Tajreeh” as has been done by Dr Muhammed Al-Madkhali.
So this is a type of oppression and crime and it is not applying the text appropriately and whoever does not implement the text in the proper situation will not be able to apply
the shariah (Islamic law)…” Ref: Salafibayaan
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