On Harshness | 2 | An Advice to the Salafis to Show Kindness and Softness and a Mention of the Permitted Religious Tolerance
The Shaikh continued, “It is lamentable that there is some disunity and discord for extremely petty reasons; as such it is obligatory to keep before our eyes what is, in today’s language, called, ‘religious tolerance,’ [at-tassamuh ad-deeni]–but with the meaning which Islaam allows.
‘Religious tolerance’ can be expanded to an extent which Islaam does not permit, but we know the correct meaning of tolerance; which is if we see that a person who is not a Salafi–let alone if he is a Salafi–has a specific opinion or independent judgement [ijtihaad], or that he really has made a mistake in some of his actions, that we do not rush to scold him and then to boycott him. Rather it is obligatory upon us to traverse the path of giving sincere advice, which was what we started this talk with when we mentioned the hadith, ‘The religion is sincerity, the religion is sincerity …’
So if we advise him and he responds to it, then that is what we want, and if he does not respond then there is not any cause [for blame] upon us, and it is not permissible that we rush to ostracise him.
Rather it is [incumbent] upon us to remain with him, persevering in advising him from time to time, and now and then, until he becomes firm and upright on the correct path.
We note in many of our private gatherings let alone others, that an issue with two adversaries will have each one trying to pull the topic to favour himself, he will not present the issue without it being for him or against the other person, as should be the case in discussions to reach the truth as Allaah the Blessed and Most High ordered, and not to show that I, I am the one who is correct and he is not.
“… I will call to mind some texts from the noble aayahs which will benefit us in this regard and take us back, if Allaah wills, to being one hand, one rank, with not a single one of us boycotting any of his brothers, but rather persisting in instructing and advising him …”
As such, on this occasion we must remember that the aayahs and some authentic hadiths, knowledge of which I do not think is hidden from anyone of us, but whose implementation and execution is … for this reason [on this occasion] and using my weak memory, I will call to mind some texts from the noble aayahs which will benefit us in this regard and take us back, if Allaah wills, to being one hand, one rank, with not a single one of us boycotting any of his brothers, but rather persisting in instructing and advising him.
So all of us know the Saying of Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, “The believers are but brothers, so make settlement between your brothers. And fear Allaah that you may receive mercy.” Hujuraat 49:10 Here fearing Allaah is a general order to be distant from every act of disobedience to Allaah the Mighty and Majestic and to His Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم.
From that is following the guidance and light which Allaah the Mighty and Majestic and His Messenger ordered us to follow, likewise from that is what He mentioned before the order to fear Him which was to, “…make settlement between your brothers …” so reconciliation between the brothers should be attempted when there is an indication that there is something which could lead to disunity. And disunity is not restricted only to disagreement in aqidah, but rather to disagreements in the tenets [Ahkaam] of the Legislation which [our] noble Islaam came with.
This aayah, “The believers are but brothers, so make settlement between your brothers. And fear Allaah that you may receive mercy,” … so the mercy which we all hope for from Allaah the Blessed and Most High is only obtained by fearing Him, the Mighty and Majestic. For this reason it is [incumbent] upon us to make peace between the differing parties.
Likewise in the Noble Quraan there occurs, “And hold firmly to the rope of Allaah all together and do not become divided. And remember the favour of Allaah upon you–when you were enemies and He brought your hearts together and you became, by His favour, brothers. And you were on the edge of a pit of the Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus does Allaah make clear to you His verses that you may be guided.” Aali Imraan 3:103
There is no doubt that this aayah was [initially] directly addressing the Companions of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم, for He addressed them, saying, “… And you were on the edge of a pit of the Fire, and He saved you from it …” through what means was this deliverance [achieved]?
Without doubt it was through …”