Shaykh Muhammad bin Sālih al-Uthaymīn Clarifies that al-Jarh wat-Ta’dīl Exists in Current Times

Shaykh Muhammad bin Sālih al-Uthaymīn Clarifies that al-Jarh wat-Ta’deel Exists in Current Times – The noble Scholar, the Faqeeh, al-‘Allaamah Shaykh Muhammad bin Sālih al-Uthaymīn is asked a question about the science of al-Jarh wat-Ta’deel (disparagement and appraisal) being dead in our times and no longer being in existence.  He clarifies that al-Jarh wat-Ta’deel is not sick, nor is it buried, nor is it dead.  Rather, he explains that al-Jarh wat-Ta’deel still exists in the Sharee’ah courts, in the books of Hadeeth and in warning against the people of innovation and misguidance.

BENEFIT: The noble Scholar is asked about al-Jarh wat-Ta’deel in modern times and he affirms that, not only is al-Jarh wat-Ta’deel recorded in the books of Hadeeth, but it also exists today in the Sharee’ah courts and it exists today in refuting and warning against the callers to innovation and misguidance.  So take note, O Sunnee, and do not be fooled by the doubts of al-Halabee, ‘Ar’oor, Maghraawee, Huwaynee and Hassaan and their followers who say that al-Jarh wat-Ta’deel no longer exists!

Compare the speech of Shaykh Muhammad bin Sālih al-Uthaymīn to that of ‘Alee al-Halabee who says, “This has gone to the extent that the theme of al-Jarh wat-Tadeel, all of it in modern times has no connection to the theme of the Jarh wat-Tadeel of the past.  The Jarh wat-Tadeel of the past was established upon foundations for the preservation of the narrations.  Nowadays, the narrations (i.e. collection of Hadeeth) have come to a halt.”  Then he back-pedals from this with, “However, we do not say that the science of al-Jarh wat-Tadeel has been discontinued, but we say that the science of al-Jarh wat-Tadeel has changed its direction.”  Refer to the entirety of Notification to the Intelligent Part 1 for this statement of al-Halabee, along with the replies to it.

BENEFIT:  DEFENCE OF THE SUNNAH IS MORE VIRTUOUS THAN JIHAAD: Nasr Ibn Yahyaa said: I heard Muhammad Ibn Yahyaa adh-Dhuhalee (d.258H) – rahimahullaah – saying: I heard Yahyaa Ibn Yahyaa saying, “Defending the Sunnah is more virtuous than Jihaad in the Path of Allaah.” Muhammad said: I said to Yahyaa, “A man gives his wealth, burdens himself, and fights, but that is more virtuous than this?” So he said, “Yes, much better!”  Refer to Siyar A’laamun-Nubalaa (10/518) of adh-Dhahabee.

Al-Jarh wat-Ta’deel will remain until the Day of Judgement:
The muhaddith of Yemen, Imaam Muqbil Ibn Haadee al-Waadiee (d.1421H) was asked, “And the one who says that it (i.e. al-Jarh wat-Ta’deel) ended along with the time of the narrators of Hadeeth?”  He answered, “Those who say that it ended, O brothers, they know that they are majroohoon (disparaged).  For this reason, they do not want anyone to speak about al-Jarh wat-Tadeel. Refer to the cassette, as-Seeratudh-Dhaatiyyah of Muqbil Ibn Haadee al-Waadiee.

And Shaykh Rabee al-Madkhalee said, And the time of narrations ended in the third generation.  So why did Ibn Taymiyyah raise the banner of criticism (an-naqd) and the banner of al-Jarh wat-Tadeel?  Likewise, so did adh-Dhahabee, Ibnul-Qayyim, Ibn Katheer, Ibn Hajr and others and they will continue until the Day of Judgement!  As long as there is this fight between the truth and falsehood and between the guidance and misguidance and between the people of the truth and falsehood and between the people of guidance and the misguidance, then it is inevitable that the swords of criticism and al-Jarh wat-Tadeel be unsheathed against the people of falsehood.  Refer to Asilah Abee Rawaahah al-Manhajiyyah (p. 26).

Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Umar Baazmool said, Shaykh al-Albaanee is a sign from the signs in these times with regards to Hadeeth.  He described Shaykh Rabee  as the flag-bearer of al-Jarh wat-Tadeel in these times!!  So if this description was inapplicable, Shaykh al-Albaanee would have been the foremost of the people in opposing it and not applying it to a man living in these times, because he (i.e. al-Albaanee) is from the specialists in this field.  Refer to the cassette, al-Ajwibatul-Manhajiyyah alal-Asilatis-Salafiyyatil-Leebiyyah.

For more detailed replies to al-Halabee’s claims concerning al-Jarh wat-Ta’deel, refer to Notification to the Intelligent Part 4 (p. 13-15)

Shaykh Zayd al-Madkhaalee on Jarh wat Ta’deel:

Shaykh Rabee on Jarh wat Ta’deel: