In the cassette "Questions from a Yemeni student to the students of Al-Albaanee", the Shaykh was asked:
"What is your view on the book of Shaykh Rabee' "Methodology of Ahl-us-Sunnah wal-Jamaa'ah in Criticizing Men, Books and Groups" because there are people amongst us that unfortunately abstain from the books of Shaykh Rabee'?
So the Shaykh responded by saying:
"The position of the Faqeeh towards the Safeeh (foolish person)
Is the same as the position of the Safeeh towards the Faqeeh.
So this one abstains from that one
While the other is more abstaining of the first one."
"So those people that abstain from his efforts, it is an obligation to abstain from them. It is incumbent to turn the people towards knowledge and not to chase them away from the knowledge. We say to them: 'Read, so whatever you find in accordance with the truth, then accept it.' However, these kinds of people are not raised and brought up upon this. They are raised on rejection and non-acceptance from the very beginning. 'Read, do you not have minds, do you not have eyes and intellects and sight? Read, and so whatever conforms with the truth then take hold of it.’ However, the reality is not such for they were raised on denial and nonacceptance of Knowledge from the scholars and on rejecting it from its carriers and those who call to it. They do not do this for any other reason than to protect themselves from being trampled under the feet (i.e. humiliated) due to the Scholars and due to their not being from amongst their ranks, nor even like them! This is what we say and we repeat the words of the poet:
"For the likes of this, the heart dies of grief
If the heart has Islaam and Eemaan in it."