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Shaykh Fawzān on the Manners of Refuting Mistakes

Shaykh Mūsá Richardson

A reflection upon the manners of the noble scholar, Shaykh Ṣāliḥ al-Fawzān, concerning the methodology of refuting mistakes. A response to enquiries (made to the speaker) citing Shaykh Ṣāliḥ al-Fawzān in regards to how to approach/correct misguidance. An important study towards understanding exactly how refutation is made. An important clarification about the claim that it is dishonourable and disrespectful to refute, and that the one who has efforts in daʿwah shouldn’t be refuted (only advised)—even if he is an opponent to the Sunnah. An important lecture to acknowledge, especially in today’s cut/paste blogosphere where deceptive trickesters can snip statements of the scholars (attempting to water down the religion and confuse the unsuspecting Muslim).

Shaykh Ṣāliḥ al-Fawzān: “To respond and refute a mistake does not include (necessarily) that you belittle the one being refuted and that you take away from his status unless the person being responded to is not from the people of knowledge, then his situation must be clarified, so he himself can know his own level and so that he is not counted to be from the ranks of the scholars whilst he is not from amongst them.”

Published: October 20, 2013
Edited: April 21, 2022

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