In the Name of Allah…
Previously, we have featured the words of one of today’s senior scholars, Shaykh Saalih al-Fowzaan (may Allah preserve him), when he was asked, “Is it from the way of the Salaf that if a preacher makes a mistake and/or opposes the methodology of the Salaf in front of the people that their mistakes and errors should be spread in writings via electronic media?”
If his statement has been spread among the people (publicly), it is incumbent to spread the refutation against him, so that the truth is clarified to the people. However, if his statement has not become widespread, then it is enough to (privately) advise him.
Today, we find that a commonly parroted notion that still keeps people from attaining the proper understanding in many grave issues of Islam vs. disbelief.
We find that the TV co-stars and defenders of Yusuf Estes continue to parrot the idea that the scholars of Islam would advise against openly warning against the horrific errors of Yusuf Estes, and “they would advise against us wasting our time trying to find his mistakes.” (i.e. “IF” the issues were to be brought to them!)
Today, Moosaa Richardson responded to this claim in a brief, beneficial comment posted after an article on Bakkah.net (may Allah bless the site and make it beneficial to the Muslims), as follows, slightly edited:
Regarding the hypothetical idea about what scholars “would” do “if” we asked them, the response is very simple. I have asked a number of scholars about the mistakes of Yusuf Estes.
— a) I asked the Mufti of Saudi Arabia, Shaykh Abdul-’Azeez Aal Shaykh about his statements, “The Quran is not a book,” and, “The mushaf is not considered the Quran,” and he replied: “These are lies!” and he rejected the false beliefs of the Jahmiyyah with some of the same evidences we have provided. (unrecorded sitting in the Mufti’s house in Riyadh)
— b) I asked Shaykh Salih al-Fowzaan, member of the Permanent Committee of Senior Scholars, about his rejection of love and hatred for the sake of Allah, and the shaykh affirmed the importance of love and hatred in Islam as one of the most basic and essential foundations of Islam. [click here]
— c) I asked Shakh ‘Ubayd al-Jaabiree, former professor at the Islamic University of al-Madeenah about his statements about the Quran, and he stated that he is either misguided and leading others astray, or he has lost his mind. His response was published with the original clarifications. [click here]
— d) I asked Shaykh ‘Abdur-Rahmaan Muhyiud-Deen, retired professor and mufti at the Prophet’s masjid, about his denial of love and hatred in Islaam, and he too affirmed that Yusuf Estes is astray, leading others astray, adding that he does not know about Islaam, and that the Shaytan has spoken upon his tongue. [click here]
— e) I have consulted a number of other scholars and recognized students of knowledge privately over the past year. Not one of them has even hinted they we may be wasting our time trying to find mistakes. Every last one of them has taken these issues very seriously.
So while Yusuf Estes goes on to make ambigious and unsubstantiated claims that the “true scholars of Islam” teach the same things he teaches, without ever naming them or referring to a publication or any known source, the Muslims who really want to follow what the “true scholars” of Islam say are welcome to do so.