Question posed to the noble Shaykh Ahmad Baazmool (may Allaah preserve him):
Q. If one of the acknowledged scholars criticize any individual and declares him to be an innovator, what is obligatory upon the beginning student of knowledge regarding the individual who has been criticized? Is he (the student) to declare the person to be an innovator and believe that the case is so or not?
A. Yes this is the case when a scholar who knows the reasons for criticism and praise speaks. When a scholar speaks regarding an individual with criticism it is obligatory upon the student to accept the truth from this scholar. It is not permissible for him to oppose and reject the criticism if the scholar is one who is aware and knows the reasons of criticisms and praise. From the likes of these scholars, Shaykh Rabee’ al-Madkhalee, Shaykh Zayd al-Madkhalee and Shaykh Ubayd al-Jaabiree (may Allaah preserve them all).
We have been tested with some of the students who the criticism has reached him from a major scholar and he (the student) says: “By Allaah I would like to verify (that which has been mentioned). (He says) I would like to see for myself. (He says) I haven’t heard from him this speech.”
All of this is not from the Manhaj of the Salaf. The Salaf, when they would criticize an individual, that was the end of his matter until he repented and turned back to the truth, also his status was not like it was before.”