Years ago I read Al Fatawa Al Jaleeyah by the great scholar, the Mufti of southern Saudi Arabia, Sh. Ahmad An Najmi, and wrote some benefits from it but unfortunately I forgot to reference these benefits. I pulled out my notebook and looked back at some of these benefits and Allah gave me guidance to also find the reference for a particular quote referring to one of the manners or ways of the people of innovation which is especially pertinent to the times we live in and the trials we encounter from claimants to Salafeeyah. The reference for it is on pages 30-31, Answer #39 of Fatawa Al Jaleeyah.
The Shaikh said:
“…فلربما يحصل من الإنسان كلمة و هو مستطرد في الكلام فالعدو المتربص بأخذها و يفرغ عليها و يدعى بها ادعاوات عريضة”
Therefore it may be that a person may say a word (or a statement) when he is speaking and the opportunist enemy takes it and writes about it and makes extensive claims (that have nothing to do with the speech)
In the same Fatwa he said:
“و من أساليبهم الخبيثة أنهم يقطعون جملة أو كلمة و يحذفون ما قبلها و ما بعدها لكي بفهم منها فهما سيئا إيغالا منهم في الكيد و المكر”
“And from their evil ways is that they take a sentence or a word and cut that which was before and after it so that it is misunderstood, exaggerations from them used for (their deceptive) plotting and planning.”
This falls under the pillars of Hizbeeyah which is deception.
My dear brothers and sisters we have to really ask ourselves if we have this blameworthy attribute of the people of innovation wherein we take a statement and cut from that which comes before and after the statement, taking it out of context, in order to demonize those who oppose us. We must remember that justice is an obligation even toward the disbelievers. So how much more should it be toward the Muslims, and how much more should it be toward those who ascribe themselves to the creed of Ahlus Sunnah and practice it?
May Allah ta’ala make us from those who are just in our dealings and may he not make us of those who oppress others as oppression is darkness on the day of judgment.