Never Judge by What’s in People’s Hearts
The great scholar ʿUbaid Al-Jābirī, may Allāh keep him always upon what He is pleased with, said:
The accusation that the People of the Sunnah pry into people’s intentions is a false statement; in fact, it is–by Allāh, by Allāh, by Allāh¹–a lie, an oppressive outrage, a slander. I do not know [any] scholar of the Sunnah, of old times or new, to have issued a ruling based on what’s inside [a person’s heart]; rather, they judge based on what’s apparent [from his speech and actions].
¹sworn three different ways in Arabic (trans.)