Imaam Ibn Abdul-Barr (may Allah have mercy upon him) stated:
Blind following with the Ulamaa is other than (the typical) following. That is because (the typical) following is that you follow the one who made the statement on that which has become clear to you from the virtue of his statement and soundness of his Madhhab. As for blind following, it is that you speak which his speech and you don’t know the angle of the statement nor the meaning of it and you refuse (to follow/accept) other than it. Or it can be that his mistake has become clear to you but you still follow him (and/or his opinion) out of fear of opposing him. This is the case when it indeed has become clear to you the corruption of his statement. And this is prohibited for you to speak with in the religion of Allah glory be to Him the Most High.
Shaykh Haani al-Burayk (may Allah preserve him) stated:
The error (of a person) is to be refuted no matter who he is. The Da’wah is preserved by way of preserving its principles and regulations. It is not preserved by way of preserving individuals/personalities. Individuals come and go. Some are firm and some slip.
Seven Matters That Are Not Considered True Blind Following:
Acting in accordance to the statement of Allaah because it is an action that is based upon the proof. It is the evidence that has indicated the obligation of belief in Allaah, His angels, His books and His messengers.
Acting in accordance to the statement of the Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). For indeed it is based upon the clear cut proof and it is the commandment of Allaah to follow His messenger and act in accordance to that which he came with.
Acting in accordance to the statement of the people of consensus. For indeed it is an action that is established upon the proof. It is that which has been indicated by the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His messenger that it is obligatory to act in accordance to their statement.
The judge acting in accordance to the testimony of witnesses and judging according to that. Indeed it is based upon that which has come in the Book and Sunnah and the consensus that it is obligatory to judge by that when the pillars and conditions are fulfilled. Continue reading →