Benefit: It Is Not a Proof That So-and-So Is Salafī Simply Because He Studied with a Shaykh
In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy
Due to this, we frequently get the question: "A man came to us claiming that so-and-so was from the students of Shaykh Muqbil; from the students of Shaykh Rabīʿ; from the students of Shaykh Ibn ʿUthaymīn." Is this sufficient? The answer is no. Not until he is attested to. Hence, he may be, and this is something well-known, he may be from the present day opposers. Rather, perhaps some of them are Takfīrī; some of them are perhaps Takfīrī, even if he ascribes to having studied under Shaykh Ibn ʿUthaymīn. Due to that, it is not to be used as a proof that so-and-so is similar to him. Clear? This is a benefit, so pay attention to it.
Due to this, when ʿAlī Al-Halabee comes to us and says: "I am from the students of al-Albānī." That's it, he is ruled to enter directly into Jannah?! He is ruled to have knowledge absolutely?! No, this does not suffice you; not until you walk and traverse upon the methodology of the Salaf upon which al-Albānī traversed, may Allāh have mercy upon him. If you oppose it then you are not from him, even if you clung to him from the time he began his studies up until the time he died, this would not suffice you. For the scholars free themselves from those who oppose (the truth). They free themselves from those who oppose (the truth). For this reason, this is of no benefit. So pay attention to this.
See also: Hiding Behind al-Albānī, Ibn Bāz, ʿUthaymīn
Translated by Raha Ibn Donald Batts