Al-’Abbaad Asked Whether it is Allowed to Test People Regarding a Particular Person by Asking Them, ‘What do you say about so and so?’

December 14, 2013 § 3 Comments


Questioner: Is it allowed to test people regarding a particular person, such that it is said to one of them, ‘What do you say about so and so?’ and then he is categorised according to his answer?

Al-’Abbaad: Such things are not allowed, this is from the Devil’s manipulation of the people. It is a mistake for them to busy themselves with asking people questions about a person and then to [either] throw away that person who was being tested by that question or bring him close according to the answer that he gives. It is obligatory on everyone person who is sincere to himself to busy himself with seeking knowledge and with that which will benefit him, and not to busy himself with what will harm and not benefit him.

Baab Sharhis-Sunnah min Sharh Sunan Abi Dawud.

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§ 3 Responses to Al-’Abbaad Asked Whether it is Allowed to Test People Regarding a Particular Person by Asking Them, ‘What do you say about so and so?’

  • Tara says:

    Perfect answer masha’Allah. Insha’Allah this will be accepted when I share it and if not then alhamdullah. At least I now know that my intuition was correct…it is definitely NOT right to spread doubt about anyone. There are more important things that require our attention and busying ourselves with knowledge is definitely a top priority. JazakumAllahu khair.

  • Jamal says:

    Barak Allahu Feek Brother. could You Include The Scholar’s Full Name So As To Avoid Any Doubt Or Confusion. Thus I’d Shaykh Abdul Muhsin I Assume And Not Shaikh Abdur Razzaaq?

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