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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 Abu Hurairah (RA): The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "Allah, the Exalted, says: `I will contend on the Day of Resurrection against three (types of) people: One who makes a covenant in My Name and then breaks it; one who sells a free man as a slave and devours his price; and one who hires a workman and having taken full work from him, does not pay him his wages.''' [Al-Bukhari]

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