Takfir and the Excuse of Ignorance: Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan (4) - Takfir of the Raafidah
Thursday, July 17 2014 - by Manhaj.Com
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Shaykh Salih al-Fawzan on takfir of the Raafidah

In the Shaykh's workAt-Ta'leeq al-Mukhtasar alaa al-Qaseedah al-Nooniyyah (3/1333):

Question: May Allah be benevolent to you, possessor of excellence, whoever declares the Companions to be disbelievers, is he a disbeliever?

Answer: Whoever declares the Companions to be a disbeliever out of knowledge and he knows that Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic has established their integrity and has commended them and that the Messenger judged with (affirmation of) their faith, he knows all of this and declares the Companions to be disbelievers, then he is a disbeliever. As for when he is blind-follower (in that), he heard one who said it and blindly-followed him, this is misguidance.

The Shaykh does have other speech that suggests the excuse of ignorance does not apply (in matters treated as "known by necessity" or "through conveyance of the Qur'an" etc.), however the intent here is to show that this view has been held by the Shaykh (and that there is differing about it between the Scholars) and this is a silencing of the Haddaadiyyah who are using this issue to ascribe Irjaa' to many of the Salafi Scholars who affirm the excuse of ignorance and they include Scholars of Tawhid from Najd in what has passed and likewise the contemporary Scholars, al-Albani, Ibn al-Uthaymin, Abdul-Muhsin al-Abbaad and so on.

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