On blind following

Discussion in 'General Topics' started by Aqdas, Sep 14, 2020.

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  1. Aqdas

    Aqdas Staff Member

    Hand on heart, it is extremely frustrating to have to explain such simple concepts to adults.

    1. We are Ahl al-Sunnah.

    2. We follow Sunni ulama.

    3. As long as they remain on the path of our elders and established methodology, we follow them.

    4. If they err, we do not follow them in their aberration(s).

    5. We do not deem them to be out of Ahl al-Sunnah unless they deny any of its necessary precepts.

    6. If they insist on their aberration(s) publicly, we can differ with them publicly.

    7. Again, it does not mean we consider them deviants. We just believe they are wrong and depending on the severity of their aberration(s), they are refuted with proportional vigour.

    8. It is not disrespect to the said scholar(s) to publicly state these differences and even post refutations, as long as done with etiquette.

    9. We do not blind follow any scholars. The measure is the Quran, Sunnah and ijma'a of ulama. So if they err, we have the faculties to discern and must state so.

    10. This growing culture amongst some Ahl al-Sunnah to shout 'disrespect' as soon as a scholar is challenged is damaging. It is subconsciously bringing in a blind following mentality and akin to sheep accepting whatever the shepherd says, right or wrong.

    11. You've been given a brain, use it. Scholars are also human and can actually be wrong.
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