The Meaning of Ikhtilaaf as Found in the Book and the Sunnah


The Meaning of Ikhtilaaf as Found in the Book and the Sunnah
Shaykh Muhammad ‘Umar Baazmool


From his book Ikhtilaaf wa Maa Elayhe (p.9-12)

[In the Name of Allaah, the All-Merciful. ..]

The word ikhtilaaf is not found in the Sharee’ah with the previously discussed linguistic meaning. It only carries the specific meaning of “contradiction and opposition.” [1] Careful contemplation over the texts of the Book and the Sunnah regarding how the word ikhtilaaf is used will lead one to the following conclusions:

1Ikhtilaaf after having knowledge of Allaah’s clear proofs is only blameworthy differing and sinful behavior. Allaah, the Most Blessed and Exalted, has said [2]:

( And the only ones who differed over it (the Book) were those who were given it after clear proofs came to them, behaving sinfully towards each other )

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