Questioner:

Some of the people of innovation use the ḥadīth of Abu Hurayrah as evidence for the permissibility of studying under the people of innovation, since Abu Hurayrah took knowledge from Shaytān [as they claim].

Shaykh Ṣāliḥ ibn Fawzān al-Fawzān:

He took knowledge from the Messenger ﷺ. He was the one who informed him of that. He did not take that from Shaytān nor did he rely upon what the Shaytān said. Rather, he relied upon what the Messenger ﷺ said. “He told the truth, [although] he is a great liar.” This is an incorrect deduction. This statement is an example of incorrect reasoning.