Here is some powerful speech from Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan that a person shouldn’t just go and attend for anyone who comes in town. May Allah make it as a benefit and a reminder for all of us.

Ash-Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan, may Allah preserve him, said:

… والأشخاص الذين ينتسبون إلى الدَّعوة يجب أن يُنظر فيهم‏ :‏ أين دَرَسوا‏ ؟‏ ومِن أين أخذوا العلم ‏؟‏ وأين نشؤوا‏ ؟‏ وما هي عقيدتهم ‏؟‏ وتُنظرُ أعمالُهم وآثارهُم في الناس ، وماذا أنتجوا من الخير‏ ؟‏ وماذا ترتَّب على أعمالهم من الإصلاح ‏؟‏

And as for the individuals who are ascribing to be giving da’wah then it is a must they be examined: where have they studied? And where did they take their knowledge from? And where were they cultivated from? And what is their aqeedah? And their actions and their effect on the people are to be examined and what have they produced of goodness? And what have their actions brought forward of rectification?

يجب أن تُدرس أحوالهم قبل أن يُغتَرَّ بأقوالهم ومظاهرهم ، هذا أمر لا بدَّ منه ، خصوصًا في هذا الزَّمان ، الذي كثر فيه دعاة الفتنة

It is a must that their state be examined before becoming deceived by their statements and their appearance; this is a matter that is mandatory, especially in this era wherein the Duaats of fitnah have become much.

فعلينا أن ننتبه لهذا ، ولا نحشُدَ في الدَّعوة كلَّ من هبَّ ودبَّ ، وكل من قال‏ :‏ ( أنا أدعو إلى الله ، وهذه جماعة تدعو إلى الله ) ‏!‏ لا بدَّ من النَّظر في واقع الأمر ، ولا بدَّ من النَّظر في واقع الأفراد والجماعات ؛ فإنَّ الله سبحانه وتعالى قيَّد الدَّعوة إلى الله بالدَّعوة إلى سبيل الله ؛

Therefore, it is upon us to be cautious of this and we shouldn’t crowd around every tom dick and harry and around everyone who says he is calling to Allah or that this group is calling to Allah. It is obligatory (and it is) the reality of the matter (that he) be looked at and it is a must the reality of the individuals and the groups be examined. For verily Allah has restricted the act of Dawah to that which is to His path


Translated by

AbdulFattaah bin Uthman
Abu Fajr