Here is a recent example of not being just when criticizing one’s opponents:
Recently during Shaykh Abdullah al-Mar’ee’s stay in South Africa in one of the universities there taking a course, someone asked him about Shaykh Yahya al-Hajooree. From Shaykh Abdullah al-Mar’ee’s answer was the following:
“… al-Hajooree is now in the world of politics, he is not the same person who he was before being stern…”
“… Al-Hajooree and the hajurites are finished now, no one remains from them except a few characters…”
“… No one from them [or rather the] majority of the people with al-Hajooree don’t have a beard anymore. They aren’t practicing anymore and don’t have a beard [people in the audience start to laugh]. Many of the students of al-Hajooree don’t have beards anymore, they have joined the army and gotten involved into politics …”
Comment: Regarding all those marakizs and centers in Yemen that are extremely packed in full capacity, the ongoing classes, the khutbahs in various villages in Yemen, the online lectures weekly, the q/a, all those students of Shaykh Yahya al-Hajooree currently in Yemen, and the new markaz of Shaykh Yahya with a number of books being taught daily, has all of that been thrown out the window?
We always need to be fair and not let our hatred for a person lead us to oppressing others and being excessive in criticism.
Allah, The Most High, said:
وَلَا يَجْرِمَنَّكُمْ شَنَآنُ قَوْمٍ عَلَىٰ أَلَّا تَعْدِلُوا ۚ
‘And let not the enmity and hatred of others make you avoid justice.’
Note: I transcribed the above speech of Shaykh Abdullah al-Mar’ee from an audio of his that was sent to me.
AbdulFattaah Bin Uthman