Shaykh Khalid Ibn Muhammad Uthman said, “The only person criticized in their [some Salafis] view is the one their scholar has criticized.
If the criticism [from the scholar they follow] is general and rejected, due to a detailed praise from a number of [other] scholars, you’ll find they won’t pay any attention to what those scholars have said. i.e the detailed praised.
They say: “ Our shaykh is more knowledgeable about the condition of such and such than those scholars. Also the detailed criticism takes precedence over the general praise.”
This is what those people who are negligent or ignorant say! This is a correct principle [but their shaykhs criticism was general not detailed but out of their ignorance they mistakenly think his criticism is detailed].
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Ibn Abdul Bar (May Allah have mercy on him) said: “A group of scholars in Fiqh and Hadeeth, who have insight in understanding and research have said, “We don’t accept [the criticisms] from Ibn Ma’een (a classical scholar of hadeeth) or other people about a person who is well known for knowledge, trustworthiness, and sound understanding. The criticism in this case is rejected until the reason he is criticizing the [trustworthy] Muslim is in accordance with the actions that validate a trustworthy person to be criticized. Reason being, this person is marked as being reliable.
Therefore it’s incorrect to think about him being otherwise [unless the criticism is based on clear evidences from the Quran and Sunnah concerning the persons errors in his actions, works or statements].” Ref: Tamheed Darul Farquq 7/171
Shaykh Khalid ibn Muhammad Uthman also said elsewhere, “If this type of criticism isn’t accepted from someone like Ibn Ma’een, except with a valid reason, then what about someone less than him in our era?!
The praise of that person from the senior scholars is based on their experience with him, their relationship with him, and their knowledge about his manhaj.
Moreover their detailed praise concerning him is based on their awareness of his actions, which prove his honesty from lies and attest to his sound manhaj.
Nonetheless, despite all this you find those fanatics rejecting the praise from the major scholars for that individual.
They hold only the words [general criticism] of their shaykh as being sufficient. They spread their scholar’s criticism (against the person) everywhere heedlessly and ignorantly.
Consequently, they make their scholar the leader of their party [whereas in reality Salafiyah is free from this partisanship]. He has the right to say who gets membership and who doesn’t. He has the right to say who is on it [the Salafi manhaj] and who’s off it [the Salafi manhaj] without proof [in a detailed criticism] .
Thus this no doubt ghuloo [going beyond the legislated beyond in accepting a scholars general criticism and rejecting other scholars detailed praise].”
Ref: At-Ta’asublil shaykukhawatifu Mashubagbil Ahwa, by shaykh Abu Abdul’ ‘Ala Khalid ibn Uthman, page144
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