This Ebook is a transcription of the summarized translation of a highly pertinent and timely tele-lecture entitled, “The Importance of Being Qualified Before Putting Oneself Forward” delivered by Shaykh ‘Abd Allāh b. Ṣulfīq al-Ẓafīrī (حفظه الله) on Sunday 2nd October, 2016. Listen To The Tele-Lecture Here: http://store.mpubs.org/being-qualified-before-putting-oneself-forward-by-shaykh-abd-allaah-ibn-sulfeeq-adh-dhafeeree/
~ The Chapter Headings ~
II. Knowledge Precedes Statements and Actions
III. Speaking About the Religion of Allāh Without Knowledge Is Greater Than Shirk
IV. The One Who Puts Himself Forward Before Being Qualified Will Corrupt the Dunyā
V. Sitting With the Rabbānī Scholars Develops Fear of Allāh and Produces Fruits
VI. Putting Oneself Forward Before Being Qualified Leads to Humiliation and Disgrace
VII. Signs That a Person Who Has Put Himself Forward Is Not Qualified
It is sufficient of a danger to put oneself forward before becoming qualified that a person has been impressed with himself and considered himself ready for this and thus is exposing himself to destruction. There are a few signs which show that a person is not actually qualified when he has already stepped forward to teach.
From them is that he is pretending to have what he has not been given. He is proud, considers himself great and does not care if the consequences of him speaking are the fitnah, bloodshed and ruin of the honour and reputation of the Muslims. And this is exactly what is happening in our day and time; there are people stepping forward to speak about the religion of Allāh without any knowledge and thus they are those who are calling to evil and inviting others to fitnah. These people did not grow up amongst the scholars and so they were hasty in putting themselves forward to speak on behalf of the religion and the result of that is that they brought about corruption.