A scholar is commended for his conformity with the Qur’aan and Sunnah”
18- Al-Saaboonee reported in his sixth article as well as in some of his previous articles from the Shaykh of Islaam, Ibn Taymiyyah (may Allaah be merciful to him), saying: “Scholars are the advocates of `Uloom-ul-Deen (sciences of the religion) and Al-Asha`irah are the advocates of Usool-ul-Deen (principles of the religion).”
He then added that this statement is quoted from the fourth volume of Al-Fataawaa. Yet, referring to Al-Fataawaa (vol. 4, p. 16), it was discovered that this statement belongs to Jurist ‘Aboo Muhammad and not to the Shaykh of Islaam. Thus, the mistake of Al-Saaboonee as regards the misquotation becomes manifest. Supposing his words are true, they do not prove that Al-Asha`irah are not to be condemned for their mistakes. For the Shar`ee (Islaamic legal) rule – which is pointed out by the Shaykh of Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (may Allaah be merciful to him) and other scholars – dictate that a scholar is praised for the matters in which he conforms to the Qur’aan and the Sunnah and is condemned for things in which he disagrees with the Qura’an and the Sunnah. This statement of the Shaykh of Islaam (may Allah be merciful to him) is the truth, which is adopted by Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jama`ah (adherents to the Sunnah and the Muslim mainstream) for Al-Asha`irah and others are to be praised for what they stated and wrote in support of truth in Usul-ul-Din as well as in other fields but they are blamed for their mistakes in order to affirm the truth and refute the falsehood, so that less enlightened people would not be confused. Allah is the One sought for help… read more here.