The Settled Ummah

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Habib ‘Ali Zayn al-‘Abidin ibn ‘Abd ar-Rahman al-Jifri said, “When the ummah was settled on well-served, highly-established, and firmly-rooted schools of law, the result was that the knowledge they accumulated enabled them to embrace the diversity that resulted.  Coexistence thrived.  This was threatened with the emergence of new da’wah movements that had no connection to the classical, authentic schools.  These new movements did not start out by being a new, dynamic, and invigorating addition to ijtihad, but by wielding an axe instead, to destroy the ijtihad-based views of past scholarship.  They were intent on taking the place of the ijtihad-based views that the ummah had agreed upon for the majority of its history.  They tried to ostracise all who disagreed with them.  Therefore, the real problem was in these developments and not the madzhab-based differences of traditional Islam.”


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