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How the Student Advises His Teacher – Sh. Fawzaan حفظه الله

Q: How should a student advise his teacher?

A: “It should be the opposite way. The teacher is the one who should advise the student since he is more aware and understanding of the affairs. So the student should continue to take knowledge from his teacher for perhaps something may appear to be an error to the student when in fact it is not.

So when a student finds difficulty with something, he must ask his teacher while observing good manners toward him.* However, in the case where one’s teacher is a deviant or an opponent of the truth, it is not permissible to seek knowledge from him.

But if his teacher sticks to the truth, and has fallen into some error, it upon him to advise his teacher in the form of asking him a question, such as by saying “O Shaykh, what is the ruling on one who does such and such?” So at that point, he will take not of it and the objective will have been met, by the Will of Allah.”

* The salaf would honor and revere their teachers and acknowledge their right, displaying good manners towards them….and this is what is obligatory. Ibn ‘Abdil-Barr quoted a narration from ‘Alee bin Abee Taalib, in which he (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “From the right the scholar possesses over you is: that when you encounter him, you particularize him with the greeting of Salaam, while giving a general greeting to the people; that you sit in front of him; that you do not gesture with your hands; that you do not signal him with your eyes; that you don’t say: ‘This person says the opposite of what you say’; that you don’t grab onto his garment; and that you do not persist in questioning him, for indeed he is like a date-tree, ripe with fruit that will never stop falling down upon you.” [Jaami’ Bayaan-ul-‘Ilm wa Fadlihi (pg. 231)}]

From the book “Beneficial Answers to Questions on Innovated Methodologies”, Shaykh Saalih bin Fawzaan al-Fawzaan. Al-Ibaanah Book Publishing, 2nd Edition, August 2008, p. 116

Compiled and Commented on by: Jamaal bin Furayhaan al-Haarithee

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    Abdul-Hadi Evangelista


    What should you do if your teacher is very well learned and knowledgable about the deen but he holds to a certain sect like the Tablighi Jamaat? Are his rulings kinda off because he might have some Sufi ideas coming from that sect?


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      Please re-read the reply from the shaykh a second time, paying close attention to the second paragraph. Insha Allah this should bring clarity, may Allah bless you.


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