The Importance of Verifying information – 5

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Reference: Majmoo’ al-Fataawa wal-maqaalaat 8/247

I advise all of my brothers to verify whatever is spread by the people regarding the scholars and other than them. This is because many people broadcast regarding the scholars and students of knowledge that which has no basis. So if the believer does not verify these affairs that are spoken about, then the people will fall into error – and this is not considered as advising sincerely for the sake of the religion.

Indeed Allaah (the most Glorified) denounced the one who does not verify information and refer back to its people. He said:

{When there comes to them some news regarding safety or fear, they make it known (amongst the people), if only they had referred it to the Messenger or to those charged with authority among them, the proper investigators would have understood it from them (directly). Had it not been for the Grace and Mercy of Allaah upon you, you would have followed Shaytaan, except a few of you.} [04:83]

He also said:

{O you who believe, if a disobedient person comes to you with news, verify it, lest you harm people in ignorance, and afterwards you become regretful to what you have done.} [49:06]

The Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) said:

Whoever believes in Allaah and the Last Day should speak good or remain silent.

He (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) also said:

It is sufficient for a person to be a liar that he narrates everything he hears.

Each person is responsible for every statement and action. Allaah (the most Exalted) said:

{Not a word does he (or she) utter, but there is a watcher by him ready (to record it)} [50:18]

He also said:

{So, by your Lord (O Muhammad), We shall certainly call all of them to account for everything they used to do.} [15:92-93]

So beware O believer that Shaytaan makes you err and deceives you due to you not verifying such affairs and information. Due to this, you then fall into actions which lead to regrettable conclusions and you are apologetic when an apology is no longer of benefit.

You should know O my brother, that Shaytaan always strives to cause problems, hatred and jealousy between the believers. He strives to lead the believer into actions which decrease his good deeds, if he is unable to fall into innovations and sinning.

Allaah (the Glorified) said:

{Surely, Shaytaan is an enemy to you, so take him as an enemy. He only invites his followers that they may become the dwellers of the blazing Fire.} [35:06]

أهمية تثبت الأخبار – 5

المرجع: 8/247 مجموع الفتاوى والمقالات

وأنصح إخواني جميعا بالتثبت فيما يشيعه الناس عن العلماء أو غيرهم؛ لأن كثيرا من الناس يشيعون عن العلماء وطلبة العلم أشياء كثيرة لا أصل لها , فإذا لم يتثبت المؤمن في الأمور التي يتحدث فيها أوقع الناس في الغلط وهذا ليس من النصح في الدين.

وقد أنكر الله سبحانه على من لم يتثبت في الأخبار ولم يردها إلى أهلها بقوله سبحانه:

{وَإِذَا جَاءَهُمْ أَمْرٌ مِنَ الْأَمْنِ أَوِ الْخَوْفِ أَذَاعُوا بِهِ وَلَوْ رَدُّوهُ إِلَى الرَّسُولِ وَإِلَى أُولِي الْأَمْرِ مِنْهُمْ لَعَلِمَهُ الَّذِينَ يَسْتَنْبِطُونَهُ مِنْهُمْ وَلَوْلَا فَضْلُ اللَّهِ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَتُهُ لَاتَّبَعْتُمُ الشَّيْطَانَ إِلَّا قَلِيلًا}

وقوله سبحانه:

{يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِنْ جَاءَكُمْ فَاسِقٌ بِنَبَإٍ فَتَبَيَّنُوا أَنْ تُصِيبُوا قَوْمًا بِجَهَالَةٍ فَتُصْبِحُوا عَلَى مَا فَعَلْتُمْ نَادِمِينَ}

وقال صلى الله عليه وسلم: ((من كان يؤمن بالله واليوم الآخر فليقل خيرا أو ليصمت)) متفق عليه

وقال صلى الله عليه وسلم: ((كفى بالمرء كذبا أن يحدث بكل ما سمع)) خرجه الإمام مسلم في صحيحه

والإنسان مسئول عن كل قول وعمل كما قال عز وجل:

{مَا يَلْفِظُ مِنْ قَوْلٍ إِلَّا لَدَيْهِ رَقِيبٌ عَتِيدٌ}

وقال سبحانه:

{فَوَرَبِّكَ لَنَسْأَلَنَّهُمْ أَجْمَعِينَ عَمَّا كَانُوا يَعْمَلُونَ}

فاحذر أيها المؤمن أن يستزلك الشيطان ويغريك بعدم التثبت في الأمور والأخبار فتقع فيما لا تحمد عقباه , وتندم حين لا ينفع الندم , واعلم يا أخي أن الشيطان يحرص على إيقاع الفتن والشحناء بين المؤمنين , وعلى إشغال المؤمن بكل ما ينقص من حسناته إن لم يستطع إيقاعه في البدعة والمعصية كما قال الله سبحانه:

{إِنَّ الشَّيْطَانَ لَكُمْ عَدُوٌّ فَاتَّخِذُوهُ عَدُوًّا إِنَّمَا يَدْعُو حِزْبَهُ لِيَكُونُوا مِنْ أَصْحَابِ السَّعِيرِ}

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2010. He currently resides in Nelson, Lancashire and is the Imam of Masijd Sunnah.

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