Mentioning the Names of the Deviants When Necessary- Shaikh Ahmad An-Najmi clarifies Youths
Questions to Al’Allaamah Ahmad Bin Yahyah An-Najmi (rahimahullaah). This question states: What is your view of the one who warns against bidah and innovators in general but does not hold that names are to be mentioned?
Answer: When something happened the Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) used to say:”What is wrong with a people (i.e. who did or say such and such)?! This is correct. However, is this said about the leaders of misguidance-those who call the people to affairs of misguidance and the people are put to trial through them; is this said about them? No, these ones must be mentioned. They must be made known and they must be known, so that the people are cautious about them. As for us keeping quiet about them and saying:”No, we do not mention their names. We neither say Sayid Qutb nor Hasan al-Banna, neither such and such person nor such and such person;” then with respect to the one who utters this statement (i.e. that we do not mention names), then for example if we were to warn against the people of bidah, who will be able to say that it is other than these people (i.e. people will not be able to know who is particularly being spoken against).
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