When We Pardon One Another

It is obligatory that we coöperate in what we agree upon in aiding the truth and in calling to it as well as in warning from what Allah and His Messenger, , have prohibited. As for overlooking one another in what we disagree with then this is not definite, rather the issues that occur are looked at in detail. So if the disagreement is from the issues related to al-Ijtihaad when the evidence is not clear then it is obligatory not to go against one another. As for whatever opposes the Book and the Sunnah then it is obligatory to reject whatever opposes the texts while observing wisdom, good admonition, and debating in a good way. The Most High says: {Cooperate on piety and God-consciousness but do not coöperate upon sin and transgression.} al-Maaidah: 2

And the Glorified says: {the believing men and the believing women are supporters of one another; they enjoin the good and forbid the evil.} at-Tawbah: 71

And the statement of the Mighty and Glorious: {Call to the path of your Lord using wisdom and good admonition while you debate with them in a good way.} an-Nahl: 125

As well as the statement of the Prophet, : (Whoever from among you sees some evil then let him change it with his hand, and if he is not able then with his tongue, and if he is not able then let him hate it with his heart…)”

“…It is not a need when it comes to the obligation of uniting the Muslims to put off forbidding the evil when one commits wrong or believes that is incorrect such as the Sufis or other groups. Rather the need for true unity is in commanding the good and in forbidding the evil and in explaining the truth to the one who is misguided or who holds an opinion that contradicts the truth contained within the divine legislation until they unite upon the truth and they reject what opposes it. This is the fulfillment of His statement: {Cooperate on piety and God-consciousness but do not cooperate upon sin and transgression.} And His Statement: {And so that there will be from among you a nation that calls to good and enjoins good while forbidding evil. These are the ones who will be successful.} Aali ‘Imraan: 104

Whenever the people of truth remain silent in explaining the errors and mistakes of the people then they will not achieve the good that Allah commands them with such as calling to good, enjoining the good, and forbidding the evil. It is known that this will result in the silent one falling into sin when he chooses to reject forbidding the evil, the person who commits errors and mistakes will continue making errors and mistakes, and the one who opposes the truth will remain opposing the truth. All of this opposes what Allah has legislated of giving advice, cooperating upon good, enjoining the good, and forbidding the evil. And Allah is sustainer of success…”

Ash-Shaykh ‘Abdul-‘Azeez bin Baaz (may Allah have mercy upon him)
Majmoo’ Fataawaa wa Maqaalaat Mutanawa’ah
Translated by Aboo Imraan al-Mekseekee-May Allah guide him


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Graduate from Rutgers Newark. Journalist, photographer and videographer.

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