Questioner: This person says, ‘O Shaikh of ours, may Allaah protect you, there are some who attack Shaikh al-Albaani, may Allaah have mercy on him, and accuse him of having a corrupt ’aqidah, in fact, they describe him as someone whose ’aqidah is no different than that of the polytheists, what is your Eminence’s opinion about these statements?
Al-’Abbaad: The Prophet ﷺ said, “Whosoever gives me a guarantee to safeguard what is between his jaws and what is between his legs, I shall guarantee him Paradise,” that which is between his jaws is the tongue. Likewise when the Prophet ﷺ mentioned the forms of good in his advice to Mu’aadh ibn Jabal, he said, “Shall I not tell you of the foundation of all of that?” I said, “Yes, O Messenger of Allaah.” So he took hold of his tongue and said, “Restrain this.” I said, “O Prophet of Allaah, will we be taken to account for what we say with it?” He ﷺ said, “May your mother be bereaved of you, O Mu’aadh! Is there anything that throws people into the Hellfire upon their faces—or: on their noses—except the harvests of their tongues?”
And it is known that backbiting is forbidden, but backbiting the scholars through whom Allaah has benefitted the people and through whom much good has come about in terms of spreading knowledge and clarifying it, this is even more severe and greater than backbiting other people.
And there is no doubt that the person who says such things has wronged himself, and the harm goes back on himself, the Prophet ﷺ explained who the bankrupt person in the Hereafter is when, in an authentic hadith, he said to his Companions, “Do you know who the bankrupt person is?” They replied, “The bankrupt among us is one who has neither money with him nor any property,” they thought he was asking about the bankrupt people of the world so they said, “The bankrupt among us is one who has neither money with him nor any property,” but he ﷺ was asking about the bankrupt person of the Hereafter, and such a person is the one who is truly bankrupt, i.e., a bankrupt person in the world is [indeed] bankrupt but the one who is even more bankrupt than him is the one of the Hereafter.
So who is the bankrupt person of the Hereafter? He ﷺ said, “The real bankrupt of my Ummah would be he who will come on the Day of Resurrection with prayer, fasting and charity, (but he will find himself bankrupt on that day as he will have exhausted the good deeds) because he reviled others, brought calumny against others, unlawfully devoured the wealth of others, shed the blood of others and beat others. So his good deeds would be credited to the account of those (who suffered at his hand). If his good deeds fall short to clear the account, their sins would be entered in his account and he would be thrown in the Fire.”
So this person who made such evil, ugly statements about this lofty scholar has only wronged and harmed himself—and none of that hurts Shaikh al-Albaani, may Allaah have mercy on him, its harm goes back to the one who made the statements, it will not reach al-Albaani, al-Albaani will receive good and righteous deeds because of this crime against him from that person who has set loose his tongue against him by making statements such as these which do not befit or emanate from a person who has any intellect.