In the Name of Allaah, the Most Merciful, the Ever Merciful…
Shaykh Saalih ibn Fowzaan al-Fowzaan, one of today’s most widely respected scholars of Islaam – may Allaah preserve and protect him – , was asked about people who resort to name-calling with labels like “Madkhalees” and “Jaamees”, and he replied:
Stop these kinds of affairs and this name-calling. Do not insult each other with name-calling. Allaah, the Mighty and Most High, has commanded you:
ولا تنابزوا بالألقاب
Do not insult each other with name-calling! [49:11]
You are all brothers [addressing students al-Madeenah University], all of you are upon the same religion. You are all peers, and to Allaah is the praise. Drop these affairs, and show respect for the scholars. Respect the scholars! Whoever does not respect the scholars shall remain deprived of their knowledge. He will be deprived of being able to benefit from them.
Abandon this thing – the name-calling and speaking ill of the scholars – those who have virtue and status over the rest of the people which Allaah bestowed upon them:
يرفع الله الذين آمنوا منكم والذين أوتوا العلم درجات
“Allaah raises the believers among you and the people given knowledge many degrees.” [58:11]
The scholars have their status, they have their ranks that are to be respected. If the scholars are not trusted, then who is trustworthy? When people lose trust in their scholars, then who will the people refer back to?
This is a plot, no doubt, something planted among the people, no doubt. We must recognize this issue, shun it, stay away from it, and forbid (others) from it.
Translated by: Moosaa Richardson