The Dhahabi of His Time on Extremism Towards Personalities and Fanatical Blind-Followers
November 1, 2013 § Leave a comment
The Dhahabi of his time, the ’Allaamah, the Muhaddith, ’Abdur-Rahmaan ibn Yahyaa al-Mu’allimi, The Yemeni, [d. 1966], may Allaah have mercy on him said, “One of the most extensive valleys of misguidance is extremism towards distinguished personalities.
And one of the sharpest weapons used by the extremist is that he will accuse everyone who tries to bring him back to the truth of having hatred of those distinguished personalities [which he is fanatical towards] and of having enmity towards them.
Some of the people of knowledge hold that the first time the Christians went to extremes regarding Jesus عليه السلام, the extremists would accuse everyone who criticised them of hating Jesus and humiliating him and so on. And so this was one of the greatest things that aided the spread of extremism, because the people of truth who remained saw that when they renounced the extremists they would then [as a result] become ascribed to that [very] thing which they were the most severe of people in [actually] loathing, i.e., [they would become accused of] hating Jesus and insulting him; and the people detested them [i.e., the common folk began to hate the people of truth], and they were harmed and so they held back from renouncing [the extremists], and so the path was left clear for the Devil—and close to this is the condition of the extremists of the Raafidah [Shee’ah] and the grave-worshippers and the extremist blind-followers.”
At-Tankeel bimaa fee Ta’neeb al-Kawthari minal-Abaateel, p. 184.