Venerating the statements and behaviours of some of the scholars falls into two censured issues:
One: Ghuloo [extremism] Two: Taqleed [uncritical and blind following] Based on this, Taqdees [veneration] has a number of manifestations, such as:
1. Giving precedence to their statements and behaviours over whatever the Shari’ evidence indicates
2. Bigoted allegiance to some of them over others.
3. Giving precedence to their statements merely due to desire.
4. Giving precedence to their statements out of fear of them, or in the hope of their recognition.
5. Necessitating [Ilzaam] people to accept their statements.
6. Making the condition that people make Tawbah before them, either frankly or customarily.
7. The belief that those scholars are infallible.
And other matters.
How many people have fallen into veneration without realising it, rather he may even argue for it while he thinks that he is doing good. Some of them fluctuate between admiration and veneration, admiration being to give a scholar his due estimation and position, whereas veneration is surpassing that. Just as some of them fluctuate between referring back to the ’Ulama and venerating them, as ‘referring back to them’ does not mean that they are to be venerated. Such veneration contradicts the Qawaa’id and Maqaasid of the Sharee’ah and causes division and partisanship, and then confrontation and hatred, leading the servant of Allaah to fall into obeying his desires.
Thus, it is upon every Muslim to have awareness of Allaah in his intents and to know that Allaah will ask him, and to know that he will be in the grave alone. Success is in holding form to the Manhaj of the Salaf in reality, and the scholars are to be admired and extolled according to the Divine Legislation, and their due right is to be given without excess or transgressing the limits. For what landed people into Shirk if not going excess in the righteous people. So beware! Allaah has shown mercy to Ahl us-Sunnah for combining between wisdom and justice.
O Allaah make us of them and their way
Ahmad Muhammad as-Sādiq an-Najjār
19th Dhu’l-Hijjah 1436 AH
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