Benefit: Benefiting From Books of Those Who Were upon the Path Then Deviated?
In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy
[Q]: May Allāh be good to you Shaykhanā. If I had some books, treatises, and cassettes authored by individuals who were once upon the correct path then deviated, and scholars, such as al-Shaykh Rabīʿ, al-Shaykh al-Fawzān, and al-Shaykh ʿʿUbayd, etc.—may Allāh preserve them all—warned against them, can I still benefit from the material? Bearing in mind that I had acquired these things before the authors opposed the correct path. May Allāh reward you with good. Perhaps I can cite as an example [both] Ibrāhīm ar-Ruḥaylī and Yaḥyá al-Ḥajūrī.
[A]: Safety is a blessing. Once they have been warned against, the matter entails that one maintains his distance from them, and steer clear of them so that he does not become amazed with them and their ways, causing him to keep away from the path of the Sunnah. Remember that whosoever abandons a thing for Allāh, He will compensate him with that which is better. So, place them aside, and mark with your pen that they are authored by people of innovation so that anyone who finds them in your library amid your books will not be misled by them. Further, remember that the reason Abī Dharr al-Harawī followed al-Ashʿarī is because he witnessed his Shaykh, al-Dāraqutnī, convey his salāms to al-Bāqillānī and hold him in high regard.
Translated by Umm Ṣufyān Fāṭimah