Al-Imaam al-Bazzaar mentions the reason Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah focused more on writing about the matters of I’tiqaad than the matters of Fiqh

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Al-Imaam Aboo Hafs ‘Umar bin ‘Alee al-Bazzaar [d.749H] said regarding Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah [d.728H]  in his biography [1] of him:

“And indeed he – رضى الله عنه – wrote most of his writings regarding the Usool (fundamental principles of the Deen) [2] as opposed to other than them from the sciences (of Islaam), so I asked him about the reason for that, and I requested from him that he write a book in Fiqh, compiling all of his preferred opinions and those opinions that he held to be predominant, so it can be a reference point in issuing fataawaa (legal verdicts).  So he said to me, what means:

The furoo’ [3] of the Deen are easy to understand and not difficult, so if the muslim were to follow one of the ‘Ulamaa’ who are to be followed, it is permissible for him to act upon his statement as long as there is nothing to make him believe it to be incorrect.

As for the Usool, then indeed I have seen the people of bid’a, misguidance, and desires, like the Mutafalsifah (the people of philosophy)[4], the Baataniyyah [5] and the Malaahidah [6], and those who believe in Wahdatul-Wujood [7], the Dahriyyah [8], the Qadariyyah [9], the Nusayriyyah [10], the Jahmiyyah [11], the Hulooliyyah [12], the Mu’attilah [13], the Mujassimah [14], the Mushabbihah [15], the Raawindiyyah [16], the Kullaabiyyah [17], the Saalimiyyah [18], and other than them from ahlul-bid’a – creating a critical situation by (their) misguidance.  And it is clear to me that many of them only intend the destruction of the pure and sacred Sharee’ah of Muhammad, (the Deen) which prevails and dominates over every religion, and that the majority of them have brought the people into doubts and confusion regarding the usool of their Deen, and for this I have rarely heard or seen someone turning away from the Book and the Sunnah, and turning to their (ahlul-bid’ah’s) sayings and opinions except that he falls into heresy or falls into doubt and uncertainty in his Deen and his I’tiqaad.

So when I saw the affair was like that, it became clear to me that it is obligatory upon everyone who has the ability to repel their doubts and their falsehood and cut through the evidences they bring and their misguidance, that he expend his effort in exposing their wickedness and false evidences, defending the religion of al-Haneefiyyah [19] and the clear, authentic Sunnah. [20]

And by Allaah! Never have I seen amongst them anyone who has written in this affair and claimed a high position (for himself) except that he has aided by the content of his speech in the destruction of the foundations of the Deen of Islaam.  And the reason for that is his deviation from the clear, distinct truth, and from what the noble Messengers came with from the Lord of al-‘Aalameen and his following the paths of philosophy in the terminologies that they call, by their claims, hukmiyyaat (verdicts) and ‘aqliyyaat (intellectual and logical reasonings), but in reality they are only ignorance and misguidance.  And his adhering to them while neglecting everything else completely, then it overcomes him until it conceals his sound intellect, and he becomes so confused that he goes astray and cannot distinguish between Haqq and baatil.  And indeed Allaah is so tremendously generous with His ‘Ibaad that He would never leave them without giving them an intellect that accepts the Haqq and affirms it, and rejects falsehood and negates it.  However, a lack of success and guidance (from Allaah) and the predominance of innovations and desires causes those who it causes to fall into misguidance.

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