There is No Silence in the Face of Corrupt Beliefs

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Tafwid does not mean silence in the face of corrupt beliefs but rather refraining from plunging into creedal matters so long as the prevailing understanding remains sound.  Indicating sound creed is a righteous act, and is what prevailed during the epoch of the Prophet (s.a.w.) and the Rightly-Guided Caliphs.  When there arise widespread deviations from correct understanding, however, then Muslims are obligated to work to rectify them.  This is what occurred throughout Muslim history, whenever the early Muslims undertook to oppose false creeds.

Shaykh Hasan al-Baswri (q.s.) said, “None of the Salaf would mention a thing, nor would they debate it, for they were all of a single uniform mission.  They only began to talk about a matter and engage in debate when people began to deny it or raise doubts about it.  When people began to innovate in the religion, Allah Raised eminent scholars to refute and debunk these innovations and deviations from the truth.”

This is likewise supported in what is narrated from Imam ibn ‘Abd al-Barr (q.s.): “The jama‘ah follows the opinion of Malik, that unless it would compel someone to vain speech, or fearing its general influence, or something to that effect — he would not seek to avoid discussing such matters when desiring to refute falsehood and turn its advocate from its school.”


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