Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyyah on Reading the Books of the Innovators

In the Name of Allaah, Ar-Rahmaan, Ar-Raheem...

Our brother Moosaa Richardson whilst reading through the book entitled, "Methods the People of Falsehood Use to Establish their Baatil - Exposed" by Shaykh Muhammad Ibn 'Umar Bazmool, may Allah preserve him, mentioned a very important issue concerning reading the books of the innovators. Many of us have heard the erroneous statement, "take the good and leave the bad", which in essence does not make any sense at all in this situation. This act of taking the good and leaving the bad would require a person, in advance, to have knowledge of the good and the bad to be able to filter out what would harm him. If he had this ability he wouldn't need this source at all in the first place.

Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah, may Allaah have mercy on him, commented on one of the most famous explanations of the Qur'aan from the Mu'tazilah entitled, "al-Kashaaf" . This tafseer has been read by many, both in the past and the present who fell for the high level of eloquence and literature in this book. Similarly today we find many reading and quoting from the deviant Sayyid Qutb and his misguided tafseer, "In the Shade of the Qur'aan" (Fi Zilal al-Qur'an). Again, people are not basing this on its concurrence to the sunnah, but rather they are attached to the eloquence exhibited by the author.

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