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The disease of arguing over religious rulings in which there is a difference of opinion among Ulama, is eating away at the foundation of the Muslim community. Here are some guidelines:


A man asked Imam Ahmad rahimahullah, ‘I sometimes find myself in a gathering where the Sunnah is mentioned, but no-one apart from me has more knowledge of it. Shall I speak and say something?’ Imam Ahmad said, ‘State the Sunnah, but do not argue over it.’


Imam Malik rahimahullah said, ‘And if they don’t accept it (the Sunnah) from you, then be silent.’


Mutamir ibn Sulayman said, ‘I heard my father say: ‘You can never get a man to listen to you when you have just angered him.’ (Al-Adab al-Shariyyah, pg. 307)


Advise people of correct actions but don’t push them to the point of arguments because getting advice to a person in that state is like trying to force back water flowing from a tap.


The Prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam heard the voices of two persons who had an argument with each other about a verse of the Quraan. Signs of anger could be seen on the face of the Prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam. He said, ‘Verily, the (peoples) before you were ruined because of their disputation in the Book.’ (Muslim, 6443)


‘No one who has once found the right way, ever goes astray except through dispute.’ (Tirmidhi)


‘…Allah has hated for you ... to ask too many questions (in disputed religious matters) …’ (Bukhari 3:591)

Hadeeth Newsflash

Reported by Jundub bin `Abdullah (RA): The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, "Once someone said: `By Allah! Allah will not forgive such and such (a person).' Thereupon Allah, the Exalted and the Glorious, said: `Who is he who takes an oath in My Name that I will not grant pardon to so-and-so? I have granted pardon to so-and-so and rendered your good deeds fruitless.''' [Muslim]

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