The Ruling on Ripping Apart Books Which are in the Masjid Which Contain Disbelief and Misguidance – Shaikh al-Albani

Question: “There are some books which almost have clear disbelief [in them]like Nuzhatul-Majaalis. Is it allowed to remove, for example, this book and Tabaqaat al-Kubrah and rip it apart and not leave it in the masjid? I asked you this [before] but I did not understand your answer due to the disturbance of the telephone?

Shaikh: If Tabaqaat al-Kubrah by Sha’raani is in the masjid and Nuzhatul-Majaalih it is not only allowed, but obligatory to rip them apart. Except if we assume that there is a man who is a Scholar and who is very poor and unable to purchase the likes of these copies of books from the market at their price. So the alternative to ripping it is to give it to him because he is capable of distinguishing what is in it of falsehood from the truth.

Questioner:  There are many poor students of knowledge

Shaikh: No, no. I mean he must be a Scholar

Questioner: From the Scholars who are not capable of purchasing the likes of these [books]. So then it remaining in the masjid is more deserving?

Shaikh: No, it does not remain in the masjid. It is sent to the hands of one who can distinguish [between the falsehood and truh]

Questioner: May Allah bless you”

[Silsilatul-Huda wan-Nur no. 1077]

Translated by

Faisal Ibn Abdul Qaadir Ibn Hassan
Abu Sulaymaan

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