In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.
Abdur Rahmaan Ibn Abee Laylah [rahimahullaah] said,
“I met a hundred and twenty companions of the Messenger [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam] from the Ansaar and not a single one amongst them was asked something (related to the religion), except that he wished that his brother sufficed him (in answering the question) and he would not narrate a hadeeth, except wishing that his brother sufficed him (in narrating the hadeeth)”. [Ref 1]
This is also what we have witnessed from our Salafi elders. A Salafi brother from Birmingham reported to us that few months ago he entered Salafi Bookstore whilst Shaikh Abu Khadeejah [hafidhahullaah] was present, so he teased him and said, “Ustaadh, you have become very lenient these days. Why have you kept quiet about Muhammad Hijaab?” Shaikh Ak kept quiet for a while and then said to him, “What do you want me to do? Is it not enough that Abu Iyaadh [hafidhahullaah] is dealing with him!” Then he started a beautiful conversation about Ahlul Bidah and how Muhammad Hijaab and his ilk are a people who do not fear Allaah, because whenever caught they twist the affair and seek to hide. He also spoke about other Ahlul Bidah such as Hamza Yusuf, Nuh Haa Meem Keller and Yasir Qadhi. [End of quote]
Therefore, we remind the youth that they should not be surprised when such and such elder student is not heard speaking about a particular affair or he is not seen amongst speakers, because the fact is that his fellow elder students suffice him.
[Ref 1: Kitaabul Ilm – By Abu Khaythama with the checking of Imaam Al Albaanee. Page 10. Narration number 21]