Mistakes of the Salaf vs. Mistakes of the Khalaf
A lecture based upon the question, “Some of the people make tabdīʿ of some of the Aʾimmah such as Ibn Ḥajr, al-Nawawī, Ibn Ḥazm, al-Shawkānī and al-Bayhaqī and other than them, saying that it is not permissible to read their books. There are even stories of them burning their books, is this correct?”
A decisive blow to the ḥizbiyyīn who love to equate the errors of the juhaal (ignoramuses) such as Sayyib Qutb, Abū al-Fitan al-Misrī and those who arose from their mucus and poisonous ink with the shortcomings of the ʿulamāʾ of the salaf. Thus, providing them with an ‘escape clause’ any time they are exposed issuing a statement which opposes the dīn of Allāh and the sunnah of the Messenger (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam). Such that they can error and error and error and be free from blame since they hoodwink the general folk with the idea that the likes of Imām Aḥmad ibn Ḥanbal, the vanguard of the Sunnah in his time, the one who aided Islām had mistakes in ʿaqīdah. An evil plot which has been abolished by the Ahl al-ḥadīth.