Written by: USTAADH ABDULGANIYY JUMU'AH
Mannerliness: Teacher and Student
It is part of good manner of a salafi teacher not to overrate himself to the extent that his students (not to talk of other people) cannot call his attention to his mistakes. When a teacher trains his students in such a way that they continuously defend his statements and actions irrespective of whether those statements or actions agree with the Sunnah or not, he has undoubtedly derailed from the Akhlaaq of the truthful and pious Predecessors from among the companions and those that came afterwards, and he indeed is lacking in good manners.
It is disheartening to learn that a lot of us ascribed to Salafiyyah are also not free from this.
Although a great number of the senior Salafi scholars have warned on several occasions against this abhorrent attitude, some teachers and students still very much fall in this. They are swift in defending the errors of their teacher even when it is crystal clear that their teacher is wallowing in the mud of degeneration; this they do until they get him destroyed and it becomes very difficult for him to retrace his steps; who is to get the larger percent of the blame other than the teacher who has taught them this unmannerliness as mannerliness with one's teacher.
Teachers should teach their students that when they see them doing the wrong thing, their attention should be called with wisdom and the intention to correct and not destroy them. This undoubtedly is the sign of a true love for them.
However, when the teacher persists in the wrong path, it is part of īmān that the love the student has for the teacher diminishes in his heart. This is because he loves the teacher for the sake of Allah and not for the essence of the teacher.
The Prophet, sallaa Allahu alayhi wa sallam, says,
" ﺃﻭﺛﻖ ﻋﺮﻯ ﺍﻹﻳﻤﺎﻥ : ﺍﻟﻤﻮﺍﻻﺓ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﻭ ﺍﻟﻤﻌﺎﺩﺍﺓ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﻭ ﺍﻟﺤﺐ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﻭ ﺍﻟﺒﻐﺾ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﻋﺰ ﻭ ﺟﻞ "
( ﺻﺤﻴﺢ ﺍﻟﺠﺎﻣﻊ )
(The strongest rope of īmān is to make friends for the sake of Allah, and to declare enmity for the sake of Allah, and to love for the sake of Allah and to hate for the sake of Allah).
Al-imām Sufyān ath-Thawri was reported to have said,
" ﺇﺫﺍ ﺃﺣﺒﺒﺖ ﺍﻟﺮﺟﻞ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﺛﻢ ﺃﺣﺪﺙ ﺣﺪﺛﺎ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻹﺳﻼﻡ ﻭﻟﻢ ﺗﺒﻐﻀﻪ ﻋﻠﻴﻪ ﻓﻠﻢ ﺗﺤﺒﻪ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ " ( ﺣﻠﻴﺔ ﺍﻷﻭﻟﻴﺎﺀ )
(When you love a man for the sake of Allah and later he introduces an innovation in Islam and you do not hate him for that, that means you have not loved him for the sake of Allah.)