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The Attitude Of Salaf Towards The Mistakes Of Scholars


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۞ Sa’eed ibn-ul-Musayyib (Tabaeen; d. 93 h.) said:

“There is no scholar, or nobleman, or respected person except that they have some fault. However, anyone whose virtues outnumber his faults, then his faults are swept away by his virtues.

Likewise, anyone whose faults outnumber his virtues, then his virtues are swept away by his faults. Someone else said: ‘No scholar is free from mistakes. If he makes a few mistakes and is right most of the time, then he is a scholar. But he who is seldom correct and makes mistakes most of the time, then he is ignorant.’”

Jaami’u Bayaan-il-‘Ilm wa Fadlihi (Vol. 2, page 48).

۞ Abdullah ibn ul-Mubaarak (Tabe-tabaeen; d. 181 h.) said:

“If the good deeds of a man are greater than his bad deeds, then his bad deeds are not remembered. But if his bad deeds are greater than his good deeds, then his good deeds are not remembered.”

Sayr-ul-A’laam An-Nubalaa (Vol. 8, page 352).

۞ Imam Ahmad (Tabe-Tabaeen; d. 241 h.) said:

“There is no one like Is’haaq (ibn Raahawayhi) from Khurasaan, even if he differed with us on some things. People will always differ with one another.”

Sayr-ul-A’laam An-Nubalaa (Vol. 11, pg. 371).

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Taken from the book 'People of Sunnah' by Shaykh Abdul Muhsin al Abbaad. [Download]