Friendships & Speaking About Allah

20Mar10

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم الحمدُ للهِ ربِّ العالمين والصلاةُ والسلامُ على رسوله الأمين

أما بعد

فالسلام عليكم و رحمة الله

There was a man with whom I once debated on a matter of fiqh.  He was a jaahil who hadn’t studied anything about his religion.  His secular studies far outweighed his studies in Islam, and he didn’t even know the meaning of the ayaat he recited in his salaah.  Instead of basing his arguments on textual evidence and guidance from Allah, Rasulallah salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam and the Sahaabah, he based it on logic, common sense and cultural practices.  (Note:  A jaahil’s logic and common sense amounts to nothing more than utter stupidity).  Moreover, he used his logic and common sense in an attempt to reject what I presented to him of ayaat, ahadeeth and the guidance of the Sahaabah.

After some time passed in which I haven’t spoken to him, he apologized to me for anything he said that may have offended me.  I responded with the following:

No doubt, as al Sheikh ibn Baaz rahimahullah said, speaking about Allah without knowledge is more severe than shirk.  This is based on the ayah that lists sins in order of severity:

قُلْ إِنَّمَا حَرَّمَ رَبِّيَ الْفَوَاحِشَ مَا ظَهَرَ مِنْهَا وَمَا بَطَنَ وَالإِثْمَ وَالْبَغْيَ بِغَيْرِ الْحَقِّ وَأَن تُشْرِكُواْ بِاللّهِ مَا لَمْ يُنَزِّلْ بِهِ سُلْطَانًا وَأَن تَقُولُواْ عَلَى اللّهِ مَا لاَ تَعْلَمُونَ

Say: “(But) the things that my Lord has indeed forbidden are Al­Fawâhish (great evil sins, every kind of unlawful sexual intercourse, etc.) whether committed openly or secretly, sins (of all kinds), unrighteous oppression, joining partners (in worship) with Allâh for which He has given no authority, and saying things about Allâh of which you have no knowledge.” (Al-A’raf 7:33)

We didn’t merely have a disagreement in fiqh where each side bases his argument on ayaat, ahadeeth and the Sahaabah.  Rather, you chose to argue with logic and a severe lack of guidance and understanding.  I have said all I need to say to you and more in our past discussion.

You shouldn’t seek my forgiveness for getting me angry.  I am angry only because you have transgressed your limits in regards to Allah and His religion.  If you prove your repentance from that and have sought Allah’s forgiveness for what you have done, then I would no longer be angry with you.

I am not angry with you due to your violating my rights, but I am angry with you because you violated the rights of Allah.  You spoke about His religion with insufficient knowledge, you made rulings about His religion without knowing or even giving the proper evidences and even after your errors were made clear to you, you still insisted on your position.

So there are some who befriend anyone and everyone.   Then there are people like myself who try to keep the words of Rasulallah, salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, in mind at all times when choosing friends,

عَنْ أَبِي سَعِيدٍ الخُدْرِي رضي الله عنه عنَ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قال : ( لا تُصَاحِبْ إِلا مُؤْمِنًا وَلا يَأْكُلْ طَعَامَكَ إِلا تَقِيٌّ

رواه الترمذي ( 2395 ) وأبو داود ( 4832 ) وصححه الألباني في  صحيح الترمذي

It was narrated from Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri radhiAllahu ‘anhu that the Rasulallah, salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, said: “Do not keep company with anyone but a believer and do not let anyone eat your food but one who is pious.”

Narrated by al-Tirmidhi (2395)and Abu Dawood (4832); classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi.

وعَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رضي الله عنه قَالَ : قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : ( الرَّجُلُ عَلَى دِينِ خَلِيلِهِ فَلْيَنْظُرْ أَحَدُكُمْ مَنْ يُخَالِلُ ) .

رواه الترمذي ( 2378 ) وأبو داود ( 4833 ) وصححه الألباني في ” صحيح الترمذي ” .

It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah radhiAllahu ‘anhu said: Rasulallah, salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, said: “A man will follow the way of his close friends, so let one of you look to whom he takes as a close friend.”

Narrated by al-Tirmidhi (2378) and Abu Dawood (4833). Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi.

والحمد للّه أولا وآخراً. والله وليّ التوفيق وصلى اللّه على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وصحبه وسلم

و جزاك الله خيرا علي حسن المتابعة  و حياكم الله

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