Question: Some of the youth listen to the talks of speakers who are known for hizbiyyah. When they are advised, they respond by saying that there is found some good in these talks. So is there good in them that justifies listening to them? This doubt has affected many people, and that is this idea of “taking the truth and leaving the falsehood” from every person.
Al-ʿAllāmah, Rabeeʿ Ibn Hādī al-Madkhali (may Allah preserve him) answered: “I have answered the like of this question previously, and we’ll reiterate it now ― because even in the speech of the Jews and Christians there is to be found good and evil. There is not to be found an unbeliever or an innovator except that he speaks good and he speaks falsehood. And the Salaf warned against books and personalities who were better than these (hizbees), and lesser in evil. So, it is upon the person who desires to protect his ʿaqeedah, his religion and manhaj that he keeps away from the causes of tribulation (fitan). So he stays away, whether it be from their recordings, books or gatherings. Whoever wants salvation in his religion then upon him is to cling to the ark of salvation, the Manhaj of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamāʿah, and not expose himself to deviation, and to that which will harm his soul if it is exposed to fitnah. May Allah bless you, grant you success and rectify your mistakes.
Mubashshir Ibn Ismaʿeel al-Halabi, Abu Ismaʿeel (d. 200H, rahimahullāh), said: “It was said to Imām al-’Awzāʿee (d. 157H), ‘There is a man who says, ‘I will sit with Ahlus-Sunnah and with Ahlul-Bidʿah.’’ So Imām al-’Awzāʿee said: ‘This man wishes to bring together the Truth and falsehood.’” (Collected by Ibn Battah in al-Ibānatul Kubrā). Imām al-Awzāʿee was Abu ʿAmr ʿAbdur-Rahmān Ibn ʿAmr Ibn Abu ʿAmr al-Awzāʿee (d. 157 H, rahimahullāh), a faqeeh (jurist), and trustworthy (thiqah).