السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

A person can make sounds of a barking dog, that will not make him into a dog. A person can make sounds of a horse, and that will not make him a horse. Finally, a person can articulate sentences that praise Allah and mention the words of the Quraan and Sunnah, that does not make him into a pious person.

Let us take a lesson from the Usoul and regulations of hadith. The strength of a statement of nabi ﷺ is not determined by the words it contains but by the characteristics, habits, and actions of its narrators. What differentiates daef from sahi, weak from authentic, and fabricated from original? This grading is dependent upon those people who have transmitted the words in the chain of narration. We are shameless that we don’t uphold these same standards when it comes to our preachers, scholars, and Islamic leaders.

How can the words of those people hold any weight, regardless of what they say, who sit and dine with the enemies of Allah. Would you sit and dine with the enemies of your parents? Would you try and get close to those very people who wish for your downfall? Would you be willing to be associated with people regarding whom Allah has warned us about in surah fatiha? Would you want to be colluding, laughing, and smiling with those people regarding whom Allah has said that His anger is upon them, or with those regarding whom Allah has said they are deviated?

Everything has a warning sign. A pack of cigarettes has a warning sign, an electric fence has a warning sign, and dangerous roads have a warning sign. The warning sign of deviant misguided scholars and preachers is that their actions do not match their words, they do not do that which they say, they talk about unity yet they are the cause of disunity, they talk about being steadfast upon the sunnah yet they are the ones who are breaking and changing the rules of Islam, they talk about standing for truth yet they are the ones spreading evil, they talk about justice yet they are the ones that are unjust, they talk about equality yet they are the ones that discriminate, they talk about taqwa yet they are the ones that compromise the laws of Islam, they talk about treating women with dignity yet they are the ones that mistreat women, and they talk about abandoning dunya yet they are hell bent on attaining dunya regardless of the laws they may need to break.

These warning signs are in the actions of so many scholars and preachers. We are so shameless that we disregard the advice and narrations of those narrators who had shortcomings, yet we treat these deviated scholars like Gods, hanging onto their every word, fulfilling their every request, imitating their every action, forwarding their speech, and supporting and reinforcing the evil that resides in their hearts.

When will we wake up and when will we learn. When will we start recognising those people who want to use Islam for their own gain. When will we recognise those people who are just making noise and telling us what we want to hear so they can further their agenda. Finally, when will we recognise those people who wish for our betterment, who wish for our success, who strive for their own rectification and ours, those who make an effort to uphold deen, act upon what they say, and make an effort to be from amongst those who follow the quraan and sunnah.

My Muslim brothers and sisters, let us not be fools that are conned but let us be those who fear Allah and reject those whom Allah’s anger is upon, regardless of who they may be and what they may say.

May Allah guide us, keep us guided, make us a means of guidance, save us from fitnah, and save us from being a means of fitnah.

Ameen