Muslims Should Not Dispute Over Non-Fundamental Principles in Islaamْ

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The Noble Qur’aan al-Anfaal 8:46

And obey Allaah and His Messenger, and do not dispute (with one another) lest you lose courage and your strength depart, and be patient. Surely, Allaah is with those who are As-Sâbirin (the patient ones, etc.).

The Noble Qur’aan 11:118, 119

And if your Lord had so willed, He could surely have made mankind one Ummah [nation or community (following one religion only i.e. Islaam)], but they will not cease to disagree,- Except him on whom your Lord has bestowed His Mercy (the follower of truth – Islaamic Monotheism) and for that did He create them. And the Word of your Lord has been fulfilled (i.e. His Saying): “Surely, I shall fill Hell with jinns and men all together.”

Shaykh al-Albaanee explains the importance of not arguing over differences in non-fundamental issues: “The Companions only differed when it was inevitable, but they used to hate disputes, and would avoid them whenever possible; as for the muqallideen, even though it is possible in a great many cases to avoid differing, they do not agree nor strive towards unity; in fact, they uphold differing.”

He continues, “The Companions (radi Allaahu ‘anhum), despite their well-known differing in non-fundamental issues, were extremely careful to preserve outward unity, staying well-away from anything which would divide them and split their ranks. For example, there were among them those who approved of saying the basmallah loudly (in prayer) and those who did not; there were those who held that raising the hands (in prayer) was recommended and those who did not; there were those who held that touching a woman nullified ablution, and those who did not; – but despite all that, they would all pray together behind one imaam, and none of them would disdain from praying behind an imaam due to difference of opinion.” [The Prophet’s Prayer, Alban, p. xxiii]

Inshaa’Allaah, we have the above examples of what are non-fundamental issues and the importance of not bickering over them. Some examples of fundamental differences are: shirk, the five pillars, the six articles of faith.

 

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