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Clearing Yasir Qadhi's Name, Refuation, Salafis, and Slander

This is a question received on our Islamic Art and Quotes tumblr:
AsalamuAlaykum, I love your blog and all mashaAllah but seriously you gotta stop posting about Yasir Qadi, he's refuted from even his own teacher. You should really look into the sheikhs you put on your blog before posting them this will be held accountable against you if someone was to go and search him up and start taking from him. AllahuaAclim though, Allah knows best, do your own research and come up with a verdict inshaAllah. Forgive me if I have wronged you.
This was my answer, with minor edits:

Alaikumassalam wa rahmatullah,

I take the good from everyone and leave their judgment to Allah. I haven’t seen anything but good from him. Does he believe in Allah and the Day of Judgment? Yes. That’s 99% of faith.

To me speaking against someone who is obviously a good and striving Muslim, even if he has said or believes many wrong things, is a very serious matter. It is like calling a woman an adulteress without proof, and there is an entire chapter of the Quran dedicated to baseless claims against Muslims and the severe punishments waiting for people who make such claims (Surat an-Nur, 24:23: “Truly, those who accuse chaste, unwary, believing women are cursed in this world and the Hereafter. For them awaits a terrible punishment.”)

The burden of proof is not on me, but on the one who speaks against Yasir Qadhi and any other Muslim.

You said: “he’s refuted from even his own teacher”—this ambiguous accusation, what does it even mean? This is gossip and slander. And what makes us know whether his teacher or himself is the better, more God-fearing, and more knowledgeable person?

InshAllah if you know something I don’t, if he has gone against any of the clear verses in the Quran, then feel free to mention it.

I have followed his MuslimMatters blog and have read all of his twitter feed (when I was looking for Islamic quotes) and have seen only beautiful words and advice from him.

What I’ve seen is some Salafis hating on him for political reasons (he is not for us so he must be against us, this kind of thinking is also why I stay away from all sects and groups) and spreading baseless, very general slander against him without ever mentioning a single clear piece of evidence.

What has stirred the Salafis against him is his recent speeches critiquing Salafism. But what Yasir Qadhi says is perfectly valid. It just makes some people uncomfortable.

Islam is a religion of the heart and the heart is the most important thing. Once a person shows signs that he has a good heart, even if he believes in and does wrong things, all of these are to be forgiven. I am not saying Yasir Qadhi has done anything wrong, but as a general rule. What matters is the heart of the person, not their political or intellectual positions.

From the evidence I have seen, the good things he has said far outweigh any wrong he may have said, and the good in his heart far outweighs any evil that may be there. Even if I disagree with him on a thousand things, we automatically agree on the things that really matter, because both of us are practicing Muslims.

So brother/sister, if you have clear proofs against him, feel free to mention them. But if you are just passing around what you hear others say, without full and certain knowledge, then please remember these verses: “When you were spreading it with your tongues and saying with your mouths things of which you had no knowledge, you considered it to be a trivial matter, but, in God’s sight, it was a mighty thing. When you heard it, why did you not say, ‘It is not right for us to speak of this. God forbid! This is a monstrous slander.’ God warns you never to repeat the like of it again, if you are true believers.” (Quran 24:15-17)