May Allah azza wa ja’al reward you and keep you upon goodness. May He increase you in beneficial knowledge and protect you from harm.
Would you please benefit me with an answer to the following question, may Allah bless you,
Is it sufficient for us to say someone is a Salafi based on online activity of a person and we do not see from them anything from the opposition to the Sunnah rather we see them only promoting the Salafi mashaykh and students of knowledge and quoting from them, although we do not know who this individual (online) is personally, nor do we know anyone who knows him from his/her community. All we have to go upon is the actions the content they have put out online on their website, or in the case of Twitter, who they are following. So my questions are:
- Is it sufficient to say about this person (online) that they are Salafi?
- Are we allowed to benefit from their translations and articles they have done (given that they have nothing apparent in opposition to the Sunnah) allthough we do not know the identity behind the individual behind the website/twitter account?
May Allah bless you and reward you with goodness.
There is a narration of Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab saying:
People were (sometimes) judged by the revealing of a Divine Inspiration during the lifetime of Allah’s Apostle but now there is no longer any more (new revelation). Now we judge you by the deeds you practice publicly, so we will trust and favor the one who does good deeds in front of us, and we will not call him to account about what he is really doing in secret, for Allah will judge him for that; but we will not trust or believe the one who presents to us with an evil deed even if he claims that his intentions were good.
ففي صحيح البخاري أن عمر بن الخطاب رضي الله عنه قال: إن أناساً كانوا يؤخذون بالوحي في عهد رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم، وإن الوحي قد انقطع، وإنما نأخذكم الآن بما ظهر لنا من أعمالكم، فمن أظهر لنا خيراً أمناه وقربناه، وليس لنا من سريرته شيء، الله يحاسبه في سريرته، ومن أظهر لنا سوءاً لم نأمنه ولم نصدقه، وإن قال إن سريرته حسنة.
Accordingly, we are to take by what appeared to us.