Leaving the Correct Path Occurs in Two Ways : Sharhu Sunnah

Points discussed by Shaykh Saalih al-Fowzaan and Shaykh Saalih as-Suhaymee hafizahumAllaah in this excerpt include:

Leaving the correct path occurs in one of two ways:

  • The first is one who leaves the correct path but only intends good
    • He did not seek knowledge from the correct place and is heading for destruction
    • Following him in his error knowingly is a path leading to destruction
    • He should be advised privately (if he is not calling to his error)
  • The second one leaves the correct path deliberately, obstinately and knowing the Truth
    • He wishes to mislead the people and he is a devil
    • The devil misleads people from the Straight Path (aayah and hadeeth mentioned as proof)
    • It is obligatory to warn against this person otherwise he will fool the people
    • This is the role of the knowledge-based refutations, rudood
    • Clarifying the Truth is a trust and responsibility Allaah placed upon the scholars
    • Remaining silent about those who mislead the people is hiding the Truth

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Translated By Abu Talha Dawood Burbank (rahimahullaah)