How do we know if scholars are Ahle sunnah ahle jamaat? Is there a special verification system one must take into consideration? If so what is the verification system so we may use it when we are reading books written by scholars we haven’t heard of.
Wa `alaykum as-Salam
Sunnis hold the greatest love for the Prophet, upon him blessings and peace, his Family, and all his Companions. Further, they hold in the highest respect the imams and righteous followers of the schools of Ahl al-Sunna on three broad lines:
1. The schools of doctrine i.e. Ash`aris and Maturidis.
2. The schools of jurisprudence i.e. Hanafis, Malikis, Shafi`is, Hanbalis.
3. The schools of tasawwuf i.e. the known Tariqas.
When you detect the slightest whiff of disrespect for any of the above, you have been given the first sign that you are in the presence of a disconnected, unbeneficial person. The early sufis recognized such persons even from a distance, from their appearance. Hence the saying of one of the sufis in the hadith Master al-Malini’s _Forty hadiths from the Sufi Shuyukh_: “One whose appearance does not benefit you, his words will not benefit you either” i.e. since his appearance does not remind you of Allah Most High, do not expect his words to.
-Shaykh Hajj Gibril