Al-Fawzaan on Jarh and Ta’deel in this Day and Age

September 29, 2013 § 2 Comments

Questioner: Noble Shaikh, may Allaah grant you success, the questioner says, “We have heard from your excellency that [you say that] the door to Jarh and Ta’deel is closed in this time?”

Al-Fawzaan: “And are you going to open it now? Where is Jarh and Ta’deel? Where is the person who is able to acquaint [himself] with this field? These people do not have anything except speaking about people and defaming them, ‘So and so is like this and so and so is like that,’ this is backbiting, this is backbiting and it is not allowed. This is not Jarh or Ta’deel. Jarh and Ta’deel is knowledge connected to the chains of narrations, the chains of narrations of a hadith. As for you sitting and saying, ‘So and so has this, and so and so has that,’ praising and criticising—this is not Jarh and Ta’deel. This is Jarh only, there is no ta’deel in it.

[It is] Jarh and backbiting and tale-carrying.”

Sharh al-Muntaqaa min Akhbaar Sayyidil-Mursaleen, at 1:17:56, from a lecture given on the 7th September 2013.

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§ 2 Responses to Al-Fawzaan on Jarh and Ta’deel in this Day and Age

  • JazakAllahu khair brother


  • Ramzi Ibn Ibraheem says:

    Jarh wa Ta’deel and Refutations
    By Shaykh Saaleh bin Fawzaan Al Fawzaan
    Translated by:
    Akram Abdul Qaadir As-Saylanee an-Najdee


    How do we reconcile between your statement of not performing Jarh wa Ta’deel (criticism and praise) and your warning against some of those who have some deviance in Aqeedah?


    This is Naseehah (advice) my brother, this is from the aspect of advice, it’s not from perspective of Jarh wa Ta’deel. Jarh wa Ta’deel is specific to the science of the chains of narration, regarding the men in the chains of narration, this is Jarh wa Ta’deel. Understanding who is the Haafidh (memorized 100,000 ahadeeth), Mutqin (strong in his narration), from the Nisyaan (forgetful), or one who has Tasaahul (leniency) in order to preserve the Hadeeth, in order to preserve the Hadeeth. As for clarifying that so-and-so has mistakes or… The first thing is that it’s obligatory to advise him, if he does not accept and persists, then you warm from him, warn from him. And this is not from the perspective of Jarh wa Ta’deel, this is from Naseehah (sincere advice).


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