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Imam Anwar Al Awlaki:
"Make it known to the people and do not conceal it"
O you who believe! Obey Allâh and obey the Messenger (Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam), and those of you (Muslims) who are in authority. (And) if you differ in anything amongst yourselves, refer it to Allâh and His Messenger (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), if you believe in Allâh and in the Last Day. That is better and more suitable for final determination.
[The Noble Qur'an 4:59]
"Indeed the people of Truth and the Sunnah do not follow anyone [unconditionally] except the messenger of Allaah Subhanahu wa-ta'ala, the one who does not speak from his desires - it is only revelation revealed to him."
[by Shaykh Ibn Taymiyyah, Majmoo'ah al-Fataawaa, vol 3, page 216]
ibn al-Qayyim said,
" And it is as Abu Umar (ibn Abdul Barr) said: Indeed, the people do not differ about the fact that knowledge is the realisation attained from proof, but without proof, it is only taqleed."
Imam Ibn Katheer, rahimahullaah, said:
"And what is apparent, and Allaah knows best,
is that it is general for all those who are in authority (oolul-amr),
from the rulers and the scholars."
Shaykhul-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah said:
"This is why those who are in authority are of two groups:
the scholars and the rulers. If they are upright, the people
will be upright; if they are corrupt, the people will be corrupt."
"Blind" following refers to following a person (including self) when the instructions are clearly not in accordance with Qur'an and Sunnah. To do so is a form of shirk, because at its core is a denial of a part of the Revelation, and to deny a single ayat of Revelation is to deny it all.
Many Muslims treat the noble Imaams (Imaam Shafii, Imaam Malik, etc.) as though their words are protected from error. For some people, the words of an Imaam are taken as "gospel" and followed exclusively (as if it were revelation). Even if a verse from the Qur'an or an authentic saying of the Messenger is brought as an argument against what their chosen Imaam said, their followers forsake what Allah or the Messenger, sallallahu alayhi wasallam, said and follow their Imaams. This dangerous position leads to blind taqleed (following) of humans at the expense of revelation.
One such example of this is that Imaam Malik did not raise his hands during the takbeer because they had been crippled to where he could not raise them as should be done in the salah. Muslims who choose to blindly follow Imaam Malik will not raise their hands during the takbeer, even though their is clear proof to do so. There are examples too numerous to list here, examples of senseless adherence to the ways or teachings of men, teachings that are contradictory to the proof.
Some Muslims blindly follow modern leaders (such as W. Deen Mohammed, the Tableegh, or the highly deviating Imaam at the local masjid), even when the man calls the people to actions and beliefs that are clearly opposing Qur'an and Sunnah. Once again, this is an act of elevating a person's words over the Speech of Allah (i.e. the Qur'an), if at any time we reject the clear revelation and instead act upon or embrace the contrary teachings of a person.
Just like we are to obey our parents unless they call us to the haram (prohibited), we may follow the guidance of men unless they call us to error.
This condition of ignorance and blind following was given by Revelation from Allah to the Messenger, Muhammed, sallallahu alayhi wasallam, who said: Verily, Allah does not take away knowledge by snatching it from the people, but (this is done) by causing (the death) of the scholars until none of them is left alive. People would then appoint ignorant leaders for themselves who would be consulted in matters of religion and they would give Fatawas without knowledge, falling into misguidance and misguiding others. [Muslim].
Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah, rahimahullaah, said:
"And the four Imaams, may Allah be pleased with them, all forbade the people from blindly following them in all that they may say; and this was an obligation upon them [to do]."
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