Question:Did you consider it permissible to describe the sahaba as ghuthaa’iyaah (scum) as has been ascribed to you and as you have been asked to excuse yourself from?
Answer:This description is not permissible and it is not befitting. This description is falsehood.The sahaba are the best of the people.The sahaba are the most superior of the people The sahaba are the greatest of the people who walked on the face of the earth after the prophets.This is what I say
It is a description which is opposition to the belief of Ahlul sunnah with regards to the greatness and status of the sahaba.
And we don’t want to increase upon this and we don’t want to use more words so that these people don’t (distort my) words from here or there.
May Allaah have mercy on Ibn qayim who said half of being a jurist (a faqih) is the one who looks at what you said and the faqih is the one who looks at what was intended
And I know and I swear by Allaah the most high that those people know that it is not possible for me to describe the sahaba as scum may Allah be pleased with them and if this statement comes from a sunni man it is a slip of the tounge as the tounge can slip in a greater matter than this and from whom is greater than us then he retracts and clarifies that this statement was a slip of the tounge. Or is it that a slip of the tounge is accepted from so and so but not accepted from so and so?
Have Taqwa of Allaah! how is it that you Judge?
Describing the sahaba as scum is falsehood and it is not permissible it is a description which is opposition to the belief of Ahlul sunnah with regards to the greatness and status of the sahaba
and because of that we seek pardon to Allah subhana wata ala from every (bad meaning) that could be understood from this statement or that which is closer or nearer
Even though we didn’t say it and we are not saying it and we will never say it.
We ascribe ourselves to the salaf and the head of the salaf are the sahaba so how can we revile those that we ascribe to?
Oh my brothers this is something astonishing and strange in these times! These are astonishing matters and strange affairs I do not know how these people think and how they understand and where they are in relation to the saying of the messenger of Allaah” Love for the people what you would love for yourself so you can become a believer” Where are they in relation to this saying?
I ask Allah for good health for and guidance for us and for you and for them
Translated by Jafar ibn Ruel Jeffrey