Follow the Truth, Not the People

Allah said:

 { أُولَٰئِكَ الَّذِينَ هَدَى اللَّهُ ۖ فَبِهُدَاهُمُ اقْتَدِهْ }
“Those are the ones whom Allah had guided, so follow their guidance.”

Allah said, “Follow their guidance” and he didn’t say, “Follow them.”

That’s because the point of benefit is by way of the methodology and not by the people. Do not stay fanatically with a caller or a rectifier if he deviates from the truth. Indeed the truth is not by way of an abundance of men, it is only by way of being in accordance to the Kitaab and Sunnah.

Source: ash-Sharh al-Mumti’ 4/379 by Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy upon him)

Translated by Abu Yusuf Khaleefah
29th of Jumaada ath-Thaani, 1436 H (04-18-2015)
Masjid Nur Allah, Queens, NYC