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Stop where the people have stopped! December 24, 2007

Posted by shadows15 in Amazing Quotes!, Weekly Wisdom.
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Here is a quote from Umar ibn Abdul Ázeez regarding accepting evidences when presented with them from the Qurán and Sunnah. Umar Ibn ‘Abdul ‘Azeez is considered to be one of the Righteously Guided Khalifas and is noted for his exceptionally powerful statements.

Here he gives advice concerning accepting the proofs from the Quran and Sunnah and then stopping there just like our pious predecessors have done. Sometimes people get too sophisticated and start looking for things in the texts that are not really there.

In the Qurán, Allah commands Musa to throw down his staff; some groups have interpreted this command to mean to abandon the world altogether! This is clearly incorrect since Allah has described this Qurán as being clear and without any crookedness. The Qurán was revealed for all of mankind and is clear,simple and to the point. If Allah wanted to say abandon the world, He would have said so.

‘Umar Ibn ‘Abdul ‘Azeez said:

“Stop where the people have stopped! For indeed, they stopped upon receiving knowledge. The clear evidences would suffice them, and they were the strongest at manifesting them. If there were any merit in something, then they would be the most deserving of it. So if you say: ‘It was introduced after them’ , then no one introduces something into it except that he has opposed their guidance, and desired other than their example. They have described it from what was sufficient, and they have spoken concerning it – what sufficed. What is above them is excessiveness, and what is below them is inadequacy. Some people have fallen short of them, and so they have drawn away. And others have transgressed them, so they have become extreme. But indeed they were between these two (extremes) upon a straight path.”

[Reported by Ibn Qudaamah in Al Burhaan li Bayaanil Qur’aan (p. 88-89), as a statement of ‘Abdul ‘Azeez Ibn Abil Maajishoon and then he said: He related it’s meaning back to ‘Umar Ibn ‘Abdul ‘Azeez. al Haafidh Ibnul Jawzee in Manaqib Umar Ibn Abdul Azeez (p. 83-84). al Haafidh Ibn Rajab Fadhlul Ilmis Salaf (p. 36)]


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