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Bismillah (In The Name of Allah)

Dear Reader,

What is extremism? What do you think of when you hear the word extremism?  Muslim terrorists?  Suicide Bombers?

Dictionary.com

Extremists:

–noun

1. a person who goes to extremes, esp. in political matters.
2. a supporter or advocate of extreme doctrines or practices.

–adjective

3. belonging or pertaining to extremists.

“Al Hamdulilaah wa ba’d:

There have been increasingly numerous campaigns and refutations against extremism in religion lately, and they are with just right, because extremism in religion has been forbidden in the Book, the Sunnah and with the consensus of the scholars. Allaah Ta’aala stated:

{Say: “O people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians)! Exceed not the limits in your religion (by believing in something) other than the truth} Al Maa-idah: 77

In another Ayah:

{O people of the Scripture (Christians)! Do not exceed the limits in your religion, nor say of Allaah aught but the truth}

The Prophet – صلى الله عليه وسلم – said:

“Beware of extremism, for indeed the only thing that has destroyed those who came before you is extremism.”

Extremism in religion is to exceed the limits of its legislated boundaries. It could be in worship, such as the three men, one of whom said: ‘I will stand the whole night in prayer and not sleep.’ The second said: ‘I will fast continuously not missing one day without fasting.’ The third said: ‘I will not marry.’

Extremism can also be in rulings; such as making something that is recommended an obligation, or being extreme in the ruling of one who practices a major sin that is less than polytheism by declaring him to be a disbeliever who has left the fold of Islam.

Extremism can be in ordering the good and forbidding the evil, such as the extremism practised by the Mu’tazillah in the form of revolting against the rulers with the excuse of ordering good and forbidding evil as justification.

Extremism is also in declaring something permissible to be impermissible, or declaring something impermissible to be permissible.

Extremism in religion in all its forms is prohibited, it may cause the individual to exit the fold of Islam or cause destruction, as it destroyed those who came before us, and no person who has been given understanding and foresight by Allah in rulings and in placing things in the rightful place can doubt this.

However, there are people whose state is the exact opposite of the extremism of exceeding the limits in the religion, there are those who went to extremes in lenience and indulgence. There is no doubt that our religion is the religion of lenience, ease and justness, but this lenience must be within the legislated boundary, by acting upon the legislated permits when needed, and all the religion, and to Allah belongs all praise, is free of hardship and restrictions.

{Allah burdens not a person beyond his scope.} Al Baqarah: 286

{And [Allah] has not laid upon you in religion any hardship} Al Hajj: 78

{Allah does not want to place you in difficulty} Al Maa-idah: 6

Extremism in leniency is by overstepping the boundaries that Allah has set, and this is not called lenience, rather this is hardship itself. Nullifying al Walaa and al Baraa in Islam, equating the believers with the disbelievers with the justification of tolerance, invalidating the implementation of the nullifiers of one’s Islam upon those who have nullified all or some of them, equating religions such as equating Islam to Judaism or Christianity, rather equating Islam with all religions including paganism and atheism, claiming that ‘there is no deity worthy of worship other than Allah’ does not necessitate the disbelief in Tahqhoot and does not negate false religions other than Islam – as some columnists have written in some of our local newspapers. All of these are examples of extremism in negligence and indulgence. It is an obligation to refute it, just as it is an obligation to refute the extremism of exceeding the limits in the religion. Rather, extremism in negligence and indulgence is more dangerous than the extremism of exceeding the limits in the religion, because this type of extremism reaches the point of equating the religions of the disbelievers with the religion of truth, and this is a form of disbelief by the consensus of the scholars, in contrast to the extremism of exceeding the limits, as a lot of the scholars consider it to be misguidance but does not reach the level of disbelief.

The scholars mentioned that from amongst the nullifiers of a person’s Islaam, is not declaring disbelievers to be disbelievers or having doubt in that.

Those who made these grave errors must examine their own state and return to the truth, for indeed returning to the truth is a virtue, and returning to the truth is better than remaining upon falsehood.

May Allaah grant everyone success in attaining beneficial knowledge, righteous actions, and may the Salaat and Salaam be upon our prophet Muhammad, his family and companions.”

Written By: – Shaykh Saalih ibn Fowzaan al-Fowzaan

Translator: Nadir Ahmad, Abu Abdul-Waahid

Produced By: Madeenah.com

الحمد لله وبعد: فقد كثرت الحملات والاستنكارات على الغلو في الدين. وهي حملات واستنكارات بحق. لأن الغلو في الدين منهي عنه في الكتاب ولسنة والإجماع قال تعالى
قل يا أهل الكتاب لا تغلوا في دينكم غير الحق

وفي الآية الأخرى

يا أهل الكتاب لا تغلوا في دينكم ولا تقولوا على الله إلا الحق

وقال النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم

وإياكم والغلو فإنما أهلك من كان قبلكم الغلو

والغلو في الدين هو الزيادة عن الحد المشروع فيه. وقد يكون غلواً في العبادة كحال الثلاثة الذين قال أحدهم: أصلي ولا أنام وقال الثاني: أصوم ولا أفطر وقال الثالث: لا أتزوج النساء . ويكون غلواً في الأحكام بأن يجعل المستحب بمنزلة الواجب ويكون غلواً بالحكم على مرتكب الكبيرة التي هي دون الشرك بالكفر والخروج من الملة. وقد يكون غلواً في الأمر بالمعروف والنهي عن المنكر كغلو المعتزلة بخروجهم على ولاة أمور المسلمين بحجة الأمر بالمعروف والنهي عن المنكر. وكالغلو في التحليل والتحريم بأن يحرم الحلال أو يحلل الحرام

فالغلو في الدين بجميع أنواعه محرم وقد يخرج من الدين ويسبب الهلاك كما أهلك من كان قبلنا ولا أحد يشك في ذلك ممن أتاه الله الفقه في الدين والبصيرة في الأحكام فأنزل الأمور في منازلها.
ولكن هناك من هو على النقيض من غلو الزيادة في الدين فهناك من غلا في التساهل والتسامح في الدين ولا شك أن ديننا دين السماحة ورفع الحرج والاعتدال. ولكن يجب أن يكون هذا التسامح في حدود ما شرعه الله من الأخذ بالرخص الشرعية عند الحاجة إليها والدين كله ولله الحمد ليس فيه أصار ولا أغلال

لا يكلف الله نفساً إلا وسعها

وما جعل عليكم في الدين من حرج

ما يريد الله ليجعل عليكم من حرج

ولكن الغلو في التسامح يكون بالخروج عما شرعه الله وهذا لا يسمى تسامحاً وإنما هو الحرج نفسه. فإلغاء أصل الولاء والبراء في الإسلام والتسوية بين المسلم والكافر بحجة التسامح – وإلغاء تطبيق نواقض الإسلام على من انطبقت عليه كلها أو بعضها – والتسوية بين الأديان – كالتسوية بين الإسلام واليهودية والنصرانية بل بين الأديان كلها من وثنية والإحادية والقول بأن لا إله إلا الله لا تقتضي الكفر بالطاغوت ولا تنفي ما عدا الإسلام من الأديان الباطلة كما تفوه به بعض الكتاب في بعض صحفنا المحلية كل هذه الأمثلة غلو في التساهل ووالتسامح؛ يجب إنكاره. كما يجب إنكار الغلو في الزيادة في الدين. بل قد يكون الغلو في التسامح والتساهل أشد خطراً من الغلو بالزيادة في الدين. لأن الغلو في التساهل والتسامح إلى حد يجعل الدين الكافر مساوياً للدين الحق كفر بإجماع المسلمين بخلاف الغلو في الزيادة فإن كثيراً من العلماء يرى أنه ضلال ولا يصل إلى حد الكفر.

وقد ذكر العلماء أن من نواقض الإسلام من لم يكفر الكافر أو يشك في كفره.

فعلى من وقع في هذه الزلات الخطرة أن يتبصر في أمره ويراجع الصواب فإن الرجوع إلى الحق فضيلة. والرجوع إلى الحق خير من التمادي في الباطل.

وفق الله الجميع للعلم النافع والعمل الصالح. وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد وآله وصحبه

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About the Author: Halimah bint David authored, illustrated, published and marketed several books on Islamic monotheism (tawhid) for kids and Sharia for adults. Halimah founded a few popular blogs at SurvivorsAreUs.WordPress.Com, HighwayToHeaven.WordPress.Com, ChristinaMacQuarrie.Wordpress.Com and is currently researching and implementing new copy writing skills.

Comments on: "Extremism In Leniency Just As It Is In Harshness; Allah Burdens Not A Person Beyond His Scope" (3)

  1. umm aa'ishah said:

    as-salaamu `alaykum wa rahmatullaah ukhti!

    maasha’Allaah very good article, one thing which MANY juhaal deny is that being “moderate/tolerant/passive” is extremism when in fact it IS…

    extremist doesn’t just mean overstepping the bounds, like you said, it also i denying certain things and not abiding by certain things or disagreeing with certain things(e.g a person who is against polygyny, niqaab, obeying the husband, etc, IS an extremist.)

    i would like to just say, that “revolting against the rulers” implies revolting against those who are implementing islaam, NOT against those who are oppressive etc.
    we know this because of the revolution that abu haneefah funded of zayd ibn `ali ibn al-hasan (i think that is the right lineage correct me if i am wrong), the revolution of many great `ulema including ibnu taymiyyah etc…
    (just to clarify before people get the wrong idea and start labelling those who revolt against the oppressors as “mu`tazillaah”…)

    i hope many people read this and ponder over it, insha’Allaah!

    fi amaanillaah wallaahu haafidh
    ma’as-salaama
    xxx

  2. Bismillaah

    Wa’Alaykaam Assalaam Warahmatuhlahi Wabarakatuh!

    Welcome to my blog Ukti!! :D

    Jazzaka Allaahu Khair! I am soo happy you stopped by, thank you so much.

    As for what you mentioned I am not very knowledagble in that matter so I don’t know. :)

    However, I do know this( I am pretty sure this is a hadith):

    When Allah elects a ruler amongst a people who is a tyrant the people are to obey him except when it is against Allaah (swt), kindly advise him and not overthrow him. And when the people overthrow their tyrannical ruler Allaah has promised to raise another Leader from amongst themselves who will be even worse.

    I always remember Iraq when I think of this hadith…

    Thank you for your thoughts, time and opinion on this matter. I hope you could join me in this discussion at my other blog (insha Allah):
    http://survivorsareus.blogspot.com/2008/09/avoid-suspicion.html

    I am really curious to know what you think of it. :D

    Sincerely & Gratefully
    Halimah bint David

  3. gr8 post halima. do visit my blog. it will really interest u

    keep posting such informative stuff

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