Here he says: “There are those who say, ‘Do not declare the people to be innovators!’ Or when you convey the Scholar’s tabdee’ of a person, he says, ‘Yaa Akhee! Leave this speech! Leave this speech! Will Allaah ask you about them?’”
[Shaykh Ahmad Baazmool] :
The answer is yes! You will be asked on the Day of Resurrection about an innovator whose affair became widespread amongst the people, and you knew that the Scholars declared him an innovator, and you betrayed the people and didn’t advise them that this is an innovator! You will be asked on the Day of Resurrection. In fact, your neighbour, your friend and your brother will cling to you and say – as has come in some narrations: “O Allaah! This one saw me upon evil and didn’t change it!”
O you Miskeen! You want to rectify your situation and defend yourself, so you speak ill of this religion and you speak ill of the Manhaj of the Salaf! Ok, so when the Salaf – may Allaah be pleased with them – refuted the people of innovations, warned against them, clarified their dangers and advised the Ummah [saying:] “So and so is an innovator!”, “Don’t sit with so and so!”… ‘Umar [ibn al-Khattaab], when he warned against Sabeegh, commanded that they get him out and to not sit with him: do we say to ‘Umar, “O ‘Umar! Allaah will not ask you about them!” No, he will be asked! You will be asked! Because if you are able to clarify the Truth and there is not any legislated maani’ (barrier, obstacle), e.g. you fear upon yourself to be harmed; by being hit or by certainly or most-likely being harmed, then you are excused. But if you are able to clarify and you have the proof from the words of the Scholars, then it is obligatory that you clarify, O brother!
O brother, you, you: if I came to buy this phone from this Ustaadh, Shaykh Khaalid. Ok? And this phone is broken. Ok? I came to buy it, then after I bought it and Shaykh Khaalid left, I went to sit with you and you said to me, “To be honest, I know that this phone is broken. Why did you buy it? His phone is not good.” What do I say to him? Do I say, “Allaah will not ask you on the Day of Resurrection about why you didn’t advise me”? I would [unclear…] his neck and say, “Yaa Akhee! How did you not advise me?! You let me get deceived! You deceived me!”
Ok, so this is a matter of Religion! That I see you listening to, reading from or going with the people of innovations and people of desires and I don’t advise you… Which one is more deserving of advice? This one or that one? This one! This is from the angle of fixing the mind to what the Salaf – may Allaah be pleased with them – were upon. This is why the Salaf used to warn!
So therefore, the statement of this person (in the question) is inconsiderate; a ‘Aql(reasoning) which has been given precedence over the Naql (evidences). So which one has precedence, the ‘Aql or the Naql? The Naql, without a doubt!
And may Allaah raise the rank of our Prophet Muhammad, his family and his Companions and may He grant them all peace.
Source: Questions & Answers regarding Manhaj (Methodology) – Shaykh Ahmad Baazmool