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Avoid playing the age card!

In The Name of Allah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.

Do not be duped by anyone disguising their unwillingness to accept truth as a genuine concern to stop others – in their view – from speaking until they are experienced!

Truth is to be searched and accepted, even from a younger person

Al-Allaamah Rabee Bin Haadi al-Mad’khali [may Allah preserve him] stated:

Whenever AbuBakr [may Allah be pleased with him] was compelled due to a need (for some evidence) and he did not have textual proof from Allah (the Qur’an) or what the Messenger [peace and blessings of Allah] said regarding such and such affair, -and likewise Umar [may Allah be pleased with him] used to do the same,- he asked someone younger than him and finds a hadeeth related to the affair from someone younger than him amongst the Sahaabah, and from the latter companions, such as Al-Mugheerah Ibn Shu’bah [may Allah be pleased with him]. The entire life of a person is spent in seeking knowledge – from the cradle to the grave. He does not feel proud to acquire truth from a young or older person, and he never rejects truth – whether it is stated by a Muslim or unbeliever. His soul seeks after the truth, so if he finds a text from the Book of Allah and the (authentic) Sunnah of the Messenger, then all praises and thanks be to Allah, but if he does not have it and finds it with someone else, he accepts it. Ibn Hazm [may Allah have mercy upon him] said, “It may be that a person did memorise an Ayah and a hadeeth, then something occurs, but he forgets the Ayah and the hadeeth and is reminded by someone else. It is not possible for a person to establish or accomplish his religious and worldly affairs except by way of cooperating upon righteousness and piety. He does not become proud when something occurs whilst he has no proof or cannot recall a text he did memorise or has forgotten, or does not have a statement from the Sahaabah and the Taabi’een, [rather] he asks someone else and does become haughty. [Source: Marhaban Yaa Taalibal Ilm’ pages 245-247. Slightly paraphrased]

There is no doubt that we must return to the old wise scholars and this is what all the elder Salafi teachers have been doing for nearly three decades. They are well-acquainted with the statement of Al-Allaamah Ubaid [may Allah have mercy upon him] on this link.

All their clarifications are based on the Qur’an and Sunnah as understood by the Sahaabah and backed by the clarifications of the contemporary senior Salafi Scholars. Indeed, none has a problem with this except one who is either short-sighted or cannot come to terms with the fact that his erroneous views on a worldly or religious affair have been made known by those of his age group or those younger than him based on the unambiguous clarifications of the senior scholars of the era, so he desperately seeks to reject sound advice by claiming that those who advise him and others are young and inexperienced about those specific worldly affairs, even though the evidence quoted to him is from senior, old wise Salafi Scholars as well as senior and experienced people in the worldly affairs.

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