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Criteria for the Truth is Neither Having a Large Following Nor Being an Eloquent Speaker By Shaykh ’Abdul’Azeez bin Rayyis ar-Rayyis

 

The criteria for truth are that you look at a man’s condition and assess:

Is his da’wah based on the  Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Messenger (sallallahu ’alayhi wassallam), and what the Salaf  us-Salih from the Sahabah, Tabi’een and those who followed them, traversed or not?

If so, then  he is a caller to truth.

 

An error

with those who do not know is that they think that the criteria of  da’wah is that a man has a lot of followers or that those who attend his lessons and lectures are  many, yet this is a major error.

 

For the Prophet (sallallahu ’alayhi wassallam) stated, as reported in  the Saheeh from the hadeeth of Ibn ’Abbas (radi Allahu ’anhu),

“A Prophet will come on the Day  of Judgement and he will have a man or two with him. Then another Prophet will come with a  group of men with him, while another Prophet will come with a small group of followers. Then  another Prophet will come with no followers with him whatsoever.”

This is a Prophet! Allah  chose him to have this great status and yet with that he will come with no one with him; his  da’wah is still successful without doubt because he is Prophet.

 

So the criteria of truth is not  having many followers, rather from what the Prophet (sallall hu ’alayhi wassallam) informed of, is  that, in the hadeeth of Abu  Hurayrah and Ibn ’Umar, and in the wording of Abu  Hurayrah (as  reported in Saheeh Muslim): The Messenger of Allah said:

“Islam began as something strange, and will  return (to being) strange as it began, Toobah is for the Ghurab (strangers).”

Thus, the people of truth are a few yet this is not a proof of their da’wah being erroneous. Rather, when you read the Book of Allah you will find that Allah in many verses clarifies that the people of batil are many and the people of truth are few. Allah says,

“…and among them is he who is guided, but many of them are defiantly disobedient.”

{Hadeed (57): 26}

 

And Allah says,

 “And if you obey most of those upon the earth, they will mislead you from the way of  Allah.”

{al-’An’am (6): 116}

 

 

Therefore,

having many followers is neither the criteria for the truth nor is eloquence and  articulacy because many people see an eloquent man who is articulate and poetic and think that  he is on the truth due to that, and this is a mistake.

 

Yes, eloquence, being articulate and poetic if  used in order to support Allah’s deen is sought-after; yet it is not the criteria for truth or batil.

This  eloquence and articulacy has to be looked at to see:

if it is being used to support the deen or not.  If it is being used to support Allah’s Book, the Sunnah of His Messenger (sallallahu ’alayhi  wassallam) and the way of the first and foremost ones then bring this (eloquence)!

 

But if it (such  eloquence and articulacy) is being used in a way which opposes Allah’s Shariah then it is  unacceptable.

 

Source: [ From the Book: A Critique of the Statements of Dr Ā’id al-Qarnī by Shaykh ’Abdul’Azeez bin Rayyis ar-Rayyis, pg 5-6, Third Introduction]

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