Translated by Suhaib Webb
The Proof of Islam, Abu Hamid al-Ghazali, d. 505 a.h, wrote:
“If you see a scholar declaring others infidels and misguided, shun him and do not busy your heart or your tongue with him! Provocations in knowledge are undoubtedly from people’s nature, and the ignorant one is unable to exercise patience with them. And due to this, differences have multiplied amongst people. If knowledge was forcefully taken from the ignorant, then differences would subside.”
Al-Hafidh al-Dhahabi [may Allah have mercy upon him] wrote,
“I heard our shaykh, Ibn Taymiyyah, d. 728 a.h, say towards the end of his life, ‘I will never declare anyone from the people of the qiblah (direction of prayer) as an infidel.'”
May Allah bless us to marry our knowledge with sound adab (good manners).