In The Name of Allah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.
The Shaikh [may Allah preserve him] stated:
رأيت من أحوال الناس العجب العجاب رأيت أن الكذاب يبغض الصادق ورأيت أن الجبان يبغض الشجاع ورأيت أن العفن يبغض الطيب ورأيت أن الخائن يبغض الأمين ورأيت أن الضعيف في دينه ومنهجه يبغض المتمسك بدينه وبالعقيدة والسنة وينتقل هذا البغض إلى حسد والحسد ينتقل إلى المكر والكيد والأذى
I have seen (or witnessed) from the circumstances of the people the most bizarre of circumstances. I saw that indeed the liar hates the truthful one, and I saw that indeed the cowardly one hates the brave one, and I saw that indeed the unscrupulous hates the good person, and I saw that indeed the traitor hates the trustworthy one, and I saw that indeed the weak in his religion and methodology hates the one who firmly adheres to his religion, in belief and Sunnah; and this hatred turns into envy, and envy turns into [ المكر- plotting accompanied by deception and trickery], [ والكيد – wanting to harm another person discreetly] and [الأذى – harm, mistreatment, cause distress to someone]. [End of quote]
First, indeed, the Shaikh [may Allah preserve him] has undoubtedly seen this reality, and many of our scholars in the Muslim lands and their upright students in the east and the west have also witnessed these strange affairs during various Fitan of the Mubtadi’ah; but only the Shaikh knows the specific incidents he is referring to in this tweet.
Second, this reminds us once again that whether we have the backing of many or few, it is incumbent upon the truthful person to speak the truth when there is a dispute or disagreement. Allah [The Exalted] said:
يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ كُونُواْ قَوَّٲمِينَ بِٱلۡقِسۡطِ شُہَدَآءَ لِلَّهِ وَلَوۡ عَلَىٰٓ أَنفُسِكُمۡ أَوِ ٱلۡوَٲلِدَيۡنِ وَٱلۡأَقۡرَبِينَۚ إِن يَكُنۡ غَنِيًّا أَوۡ فَقِيرً۬ا فَٱللَّهُ أَوۡلَىٰ بِہِمَاۖ فَلَا تَتَّبِعُواْ ٱلۡهَوَىٰٓ أَن تَعۡدِلُواْۚ وَإِن تَلۡوُ ۥۤاْ أَوۡ تُعۡرِضُواْ فَإِنَّ ٱللَّهَ كَانَ بِمَا تَعۡمَلُونَ خَبِيرً۬ا
O you who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah; even though it be against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, be he rich or poor, Allah is a Better Protector to both (than you). So follow not the lusts (of your hearts), lest you may avoid justice, and if you distort your witness or refuse to give it, verily, Allah is Ever Well-Acquainted with what you do. [Surah An-Nisaa. Ayah 135]
Allah [The Most High] said:
يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ كُونُواْ قَوَّٲمِينَ لِلَّهِ شُہَدَآءَ بِٱلۡقِسۡطِۖ وَلَا يَجۡرِمَنَّڪُمۡ شَنَـَٔانُ قَوۡمٍ عَلَىٰٓ أَلَّا تَعۡدِلُواْۚ ٱعۡدِلُواْ هُوَ أَقۡرَبُ لِلتَّقۡوَىٰۖ وَٱتَّقُواْ ٱللَّهَۚ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ خَبِيرُۢ بِمَا تَعۡمَلُونَ
O you who believe! Stand out firmly for Allah and be just witnesses and let not the enmity and hatred of others make you avoid justice. Be just: that is nearer to piety, and fear Allah. Verily, Allah is Well-Acquainted with what you do. [Surah Al-Maa’idah. Ayah 8]
Umm Salamah [may Allah be pleased with him] said that Allah’s Messenger [peace and blessings of Allah be upon him] said, “Indeed, I am only a human being and you people (i.e. disputants) come to me with your disputes. And it may be that one of you can present his case more eloquently than the other and I consider him truthful, and judge in his favour. So if I ever judge and give the right of a brother to his brother, then it is a piece of hell-fire and let him not take it”. [Saheeh Al-Bukhaari -Kitaab Al-Ahkaam (Book of Judgements): Chapter 29: Hadeeth Number: 7181]
Some Benefits Derived From This Hadeeth:
The Ummah has been commissioned to judge based on what is apparent, but the mere judgement of a judge cannot prohibit the lawful and allow the unlawful (i.e. because it cannot be taken if proven erroneous).
This Hadeeth contains a refutation against those who say that the Messengers possess knowledge of the unseen. This hadeeth also shows that speech can be seen to be true based on what is apparent, but it is truly falsehood with regard to what is hidden within it.
This hadeeth shows that the one who receives a judgement in his favour is more aware than every other person as to whether he is entitled to it or whether he is a falsifier. So, he takes it if he is entitled to it or leaves it if he is a falsifier because, in reality, a judgement cannot change an affair from what it was in origin (i.e. the original truth in the affair before its distortion or concealment).
This hadeeth shows the sinfulness of the one who argues based on falsehood until he receives what he wants publicly, whilst he is upon falsehood. This hadeeth is proof to show that a scholar can make a mistake and it is a refutation against those who say that every Mujtahid is correct. This hadeeth shows us that the Mujtahid is forgiven (when he makes a mistake). (1)
We ask Allah: [اللهم كما حَسَّنْت خَلْقِي فَحَسِّنْ خُلُقِي – O Allah! Just as You made my external form beautiful, make my character beautiful as well]. (2)
May Allah bless my beloved brother Abu Mujaahid for sharing this speech of the Shaikh with me.
Ref 1: An Excerpt From ‘Saheeh Al-Bukhaari – Kitaab Al-Ahkaam with Fathul Baari