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Tolerating difference of opinion

Question

Is there a narration from one of the salaf that goes like this, that if you see someone follow a different opinion or imam then do not stop him. Is this how we approach difference of opinion?

Answer

Imam Sufyan Thawri (rahimahullah) said:

‘When you see a man practicing on something different to what you approve, and there does exist [legitimate] difference of opinion on that matter, then do not stop him.’

(Al-Faqih wal Mutafaqqih, vol.2 pg.69, as quoted in Adabul Ikhtilaf of Shaykh ‘Awwamah, pg.89).

 

This statement from a senior Imam in Hadith and Fiqh goes a long way in setting the record straight on such matters. Unfortunately many contemporaries are unaware of this.

 

Shaykh Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullah) said:

‘Nobody has the right to force others to follow him [in matters of difference of opinion].

(See: Adabul Ikhtilaf, pg.132)

 

My Esteemed Teacher; Al-Muhaddith Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah (hafizhahullah) has written a book dedicated to the topic of ‘Tolerance in difference of opinion’ entitled: Adabul Ikhtilafi fi Masailil ‘ilmi wad Din.

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

 

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar