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The scholars are those who start out as students of the genuine scholars, and they spent decades learning from them, and they pass all their tests. Then, when they have passed all the tests and fulfilled all the requirements, the genuine scholars declare them “scholars.”

So the scholars are well known and listed, kind of like the doctors are well known and listed. Who – by Allaah’s Permission – declares someone a doctor? The Board of doctors, right? Likewise – actually, even more so – the genuine scholars declare – by Allaah’s Permission – someone a scholar. And these genuine scholars have told us “there are no scholars out west,” so we are not fooled.

And just like if a surgeon has a problem in his foundation, he will not be allowed to perform surgery, likewise – actually, even more so – any one with even one mistake in ‘aqidah or manhaj is advised, and if he refuses, then knowledge is not taken from him and he is warned against for the benefit of the Ummah and the preservation of the Deen of Allaah [in accordance with the Sunnah of the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam), who talked about Dhul-Khwaisra and others in their absence].

One mistake in the foundation keeps scholars and other defenders of the Deen up at night, worrying and making plans to help keep sincere Muslims from falling into such evil. Those who have no Gheera [honorable jealousy, protection] for the Deen shrug off mistakes in ‘aqidah and allow them to fall off their shoulders like water in the shower, and may actually – and Allaah’s refuge is sought from this – wind up supporting and defending the innovators and their bid’ah.

The Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alaihiwasallam) said, “May Allaah curse he who harbors (accomodates) an innovator (Muhdithan)” and in another wording “that which is innovated (Muhdathan).“ [Explanation of this hadeeth, by Shaykh ‘Abdul-‘Azeez ar-Rayyis, found below]

Student of knowledge Abu Hakeem Bilal Davis (may Allaah reward him) said the following in explaining why Yasir Qadhi was refuted by the scholars of Madinah and is warned against by Ahlus-Sunnah wal Jama’ah

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