Shaikh Ibn ‘Uthaimîn on Unjustly Declaring Others Astray
October 29, 2007 1 Comment
Here’s another old translation I did a few years ago, edited and posted, for you.
His eminence, Shaikh Muhammad bin Sâlih bin ‘Uthaimîn (may Allah have mercy on him), said,
Some of those who have taken the path of Salafism in this time of ours have begun to declare all of those who differ with them to be astray, even if the truth were with them (i.e., the ones who differ with them). They have taken it (i.e., Salafism) as a partisan methodology, like the methodology of the other parties that are ascribed to Islam. This is that which is rebuked, and its affirmation is not possible.
It is said, look to the opinion of the Righteous Predecessors, what they used to do in their way, and in the vastness of their chests in differing in which independent deduction was allowed, even they used to differ in large issues, in credal issues, in academic issues. You will find some of them, for example, rejecting that the Messenger, may Allah send salutations and peace upon him, saw his Lord, while some of them say that [he did]. Some of them say, surely, that which will be weighed on the Day of Standing will be the deeds, while some of them view that the scrolls of the deed are that which will be weighed. You will see them also differing in jurisprudential issues: in marriage, in religious duties, in the waiting periods, in sales, and in other [issues]. Despite that, they did not declare each other to be astray.
Thus, Salafism with the meaning that it is a special party having distinguishing features, and its individuals declare others astray, then these [people] are not from Salafism in the least.
Source: Liqâ’ât al-Bâb al-Maftūh, Question #1322.