Is it Allowed to Praise the People of Innovation?
by The Albaani Site
In this post, the Shaikh refers to a, ‘… long answer,’ he gave just before this one was asked, that answer can be found here.
Questioner: Is it allowed to praise the people of innovation even if they claim to be serving Islaam and [say] that they are striving for that, like at-Turaabi and those like him?
Al-Albaani: The answer differs according to the circumstance.
If what is meant by praising a Muslim who we assume is an innovator, and we do not say that he is an innovator [and you will have understood this] by that long answer [I just gave, where I said that] we differentiate between the two things inshaa Allaah–so if what is intended by praising him is to defend him in the face of the disbelievers then this is obligatory.
But if what is meant by praising him is to beautify his methodology and to call the people to it, then this is not permissible.
Questioner: May Allaah reward you with good.
Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 666.