Islam is a Bridge

Imam Abu’l-Muzaffar as-Sam’aani رحمه الله said:

” واعلم أن الخطة الفاصلة بيننا وبين كل مخالف : أننا نجعل أصل مذهبنا الكتاب والسنة ، ونستخرج ما نستخرج منهما ، ونبنى ما سواهما عليهما ، ولا نرى لأنفسنا التسلط على أصول الشرع حتى نقيمها على ما يوافق رأينا وخواطرنا وهواجسنا ؛ بل نطلب المعانى : فإن وجدناها على موافقة الأصول من الكتاب والسنة ، أخذنا بذلك ، وحمدنا الله تعالى على ذلك ، وإن زاغ بنا زائغُ ضعْفِنا عن سواء صراط السنة ، ورأينا أنفسنا قد ركبت البُنَيّات وتركت الجُدُد ، اتهمنا آراءنا ، فرجعنا باللائمة على نفوسنا ، واعترفنا بالعجز ، وأمسكنا عنان العقل ، لئلا يتورط بنا في المهالك والمهاوي ، ولا يعرضنا للمعاطب والمتالف ، وسلمنا للكتاب والسنة ، وأعطينا المقادة ، وطلبنا السلامة ، وعرفنا أن قول سلفنا حق : أن الإسلام قنطرة لا تعبر إلا بالتسليم ..” .

It should be noted that the criterion that separates us from everyone who differs from us is the fact that we make the foundation of our way the Qur’an and Sunnah, and we derive what we derive from them (of rulings and teachings); anything else we work out within that framework.

We do not think that we should have authority over the principles of sharee’ah and alter the rules of Islam so that they become in harmony with our views, thoughts and ideas.

Rather we examine ideas and if we find them to be in harmony with the fundamentals of Islam as stated in the Qur’an and Sunnah, we accept them and praise Allah for that.

But if we find ourselves drifting away from the way of the Sunnah and we find ourselves becoming confused and lost, then we point the finger of suspicion at our own thinking and ideas; we blame ourselves and admit our helplessness, and we rein in our reason so that it will not lead us to doom and destruction, or cause us to drift away from the right path.

We surrender to the Qur’an and Sunnah, and let them lead us. We err on the side of caution and realise that the words of our Salaf (predecessors) are true: Islam is a bridge that cannot be crossed except by means of surrendering.

[Source: Qawaati’ al-Adillah fi Usool al-Fiqh, (2/411)]

Author: Islamic Treasure

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  1. Islam is the only religeon dat wil be acepted by Allah

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