The scholar is pardoned for his mistake, but not the one who knowingly follows that mistake! -Shaykh Ruhayli

In the name of Allah the Most Gracious the Most Merciful

The scholar is pardoned for his mistake, but not the one who knowingly follows that mistake!

By Shaykh Sulaymaan ar-Ruhayli May Allah preserve him

The shaykh mentions this benefit in his class “Dawratul ‘Idaad al-Mufti 2” in the second tape. He said,

If an Imaam says a statement (and is wrong) which is based on an opinion, because the evidence did not reach him, then he is excused and receives one reward [1]. However, if someone comes after him and he knows the evidence which contradicts the Imaam’s statement, then it is not permissible for him to follow the Imaam. This is a very important issue, and it is necessary to pay attention to it.

[1] This can be understood from the Hadith of ‘Amr ibn al-Aws (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said,

If a judge makes a ruling, striving to apply his reasoning (ijtihad) and he is correct, then he will have two rewards. If a judge makes a ruling, striving to apply his reasoning and he is mistaken, then he will have one reward.” [Muslim]

Translated by: Abu Awzaa’ee AbdusSalaam

الفقير الى الله

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