From the stories of Al-Allaamah Rabee Bin Haadee-The Excuse of ignorance….
Al-Allaamah Rabee Bin Haadee Al-Madkhalee (may Allaah preserve him) said:
I used to know a virtuous person who did not use to give the excuse of ignorance to the (Muslims who commit major Shirk) whilst we were studying at Saamita. And this Shaikh who held this view visited us, but he never used to stir fitnah, (nor) engage in (blameworthy) discussions, argumentation and declaring misguided those who give an excuse of ignorance (to Muslims who commit major shirk). We lived with him as friends for nearly forty years and he passed away not long ago (may Allaah have mercy on him). I sat in a gathering on several occasions whilst a person established that there is no excuse of ignorance for (Muslims who commit major shirk) and he mentioned to him the evidences for that. (So) he (i.e. that virtuous shaykh) informed him that the scholars of Najd acknowledged one another–some of them gave the excuse of ignorance (to ignorant Muslims who commit major shirk) and others do not, whilst they (i.e. all those scholars of Najd) maintained brotherhood and there was no (blameworthy) differing, argumentation and rumours (spread against one another). So he (i.e. this person) kept quiet and did not desire trials and tribulations. [Source: Al-Fataawaa: 1/275]