VIDEO: Whether A Scholarly Consensus Ijmāʿ Is A Condition For Criticism | Shaykh Ṣāliḥ al Fawzān

Shaykh Fawzān’s Speech Regarding Whether A Scholarly Consensus (Ijmāʿ) Is A Condition For Criticism:

The Questioner: May Allāh reward you, this questioner asks: “Is a scholarly consensus (ijmāʿ) considered a condition for criticism?”

Shaykh Ṣāliḥ al-Fawzān: “…again?”

The Questioner: Is a scholarly consensus (ijmāʿ) considered a condition for criticism? Perhaps the questioner intends criticism and appraisal (al-jarḥ wa al-taʿdīl).

Shaykh Ṣāliḥ al-Fawzān: “This is from the affairs of the memorizers (ḥuffāẓ); the memorizers of ḥadīth. This is from the affairs of the memorizers of ḥadīth.

A scholarly consensus (ijmāʿ) is not from the conditions of it.

It is not a condition for it that a consensus be reached that this individual is to be criticized. Rather, the one who provides affirmation is given precedence over the one who denies it. So the one who offers praise is denying it whereas the one who has criticism [for the individual] provides affirmation [of the criticism] and is thus given precedence. Yes.”

Translated By: Abul-Layth Qāsim Mutiva

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