In this perceptive and insightful article, Shaykh Zayd ibn Muḥammad al Madkhalī (رحمه الله) enlightens the reader to the permissibility of having negative assumptions for those who are deserving of it. This principle is an important one for those who claim that we must have positive assumptions about everyone in the absolute sense, when in fact doing so can cause many to capitulate in their religion and dangerously gravitate towards the people of desires.
"If there are issues associated with the individual which indicate and exemplify that he is overtly lax and weak regarding the methodology of Ahlus Sunnah, subsequently, don't spread his material nor advise with taking from him until the soundness (of his methodology) becomes clear to you."
This article is a response to a question posed to our Shaykh Bandar al Khaybarī (حفظه الله) and is an extremely precise and potent refutation of a doubt spread by some of the opposers to the sunnah, who wish to separate the people from the scholars and people of knowledge. This article was translated by our noble brother Abū Afnān Muḥammad ‘Abd Allāh (حفظه الله) with the Shaykh's express permission.
An excerpt taken from the article ~
We have been tested with people who think they are upon guidance. However, the reality is that they have become inundated with desires. This is a corrupt and bankrupt statement that emerges here and there, with the intention of silencing the people of truth from explaining the truth to the people.
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymīn (رحمه الله) stated:
Also, know that from the most important things for the student of knowledge to know are axioms and foundational principles because they are with what knowledge is consolidated.
The Shaykh continues...