In a statement soundly attributed to the Umayyad Caliph Umar Ibn Abdul Aziz and attributed by Imam Suyooti to the Messenger of Allah (Peace and blessings of Allah upon Him), it is stated "The differences of the Muslim Ummah is a mercy"
From the time of the companions and the Salaf, there have been varying approaches in dealing with the Quran and Hadith. We find companions themselves disagreeing with each other but at all times remaining respectful. We take note of the statement of Imam Yunus al-Safadi regarding the great Imam Shafi',
"I have not seen anyone wiser than Al-Shafi’i, may Allah be pleased with him. I debated him one day over an issue, and then we separated. He later met me and took my hand, then he said, “O Abu Musa, can we not continue to be brothers, even if we disagree on an issue?”
For students new to the domain of Islamic Law, the plethora of available opinions for one question can be mind-numbingly confusing. It is very easy to fall into conflict when seeing actions in prayer one deems as strange, for example, when travelling to Hajj and seeing the full diversity of Islam on view.
Another problem prevalent within this realm nowadays is the blatant abuse of the merciful diversity of Islam by "scholars" who use and abuse rulings based on their whims. On the other hand, many jurists slam the door shut on any opinion that is not their own.
How do we understand the abundance of opinions available to us without falling into abuse or conflict?
What is the balanced approach?
|Event Date||05-Jan-2020 8:00|
|Event End Date||30-Nov-2020 9:00|
|Location||Castlefield - High Wycombe|
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