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The Honorable Shaykh, the 'Allaamah, the Faqeeh, Muhammad bin Saalih al-'Uthaymeen (Rahimahullaah) was asked: |
It is known that the Shee'ah and the Murji'ah all greatly differ with Ahlus Sunnah wal-Jamaa'ah. There is a principle that some of the scholars have called 'The golden principle': "We work together in that which we agree and excuse each other in what we differ with". So how do we excuse the Shee'ah?
So the Shaykh answered: "This golden principle is not a golden principle. And it is not correct to be a golden principle. As for that which we agree upon, then it is a blessing from Allaah, The Most Majestic and Most High. And the agreement is better than the disagreement, and whoever differs then we pardon the one who differs, however we do not excuse, if the differing is in a matter which differing is allowed, for this there is no problem in this. And the Aa'imah (the major scholars) have differed, For Imaam Ahmad, ash-Shaafi'ee, Maalik and Aboo Haneefah, all of them differed.
However the differing that is not excused, like the differing in 'Aqeedah (creed), we do not excuse each other. Rather the obligation is to return to the proofs in the Book and the Sunnah. So it is upon the Murji'ah and upon the Shee'ah and upon every innovator to return back to the Book and the Sunnah and they are not excused. And this principle is not a golden principle, and you should call it the wooden principle."
(Open Session with the Shaykh. no. 75 in the beginning part (22 minutes in the session)
Translated by Akram ibn Muhammad an-Najdee