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The Salaf’s way regarding choosing words

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Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (may Allaah have mercy upon him) stated in Dar at-Ta’arud al-Aql wan-Naql [vol 1, pg 254]:

قال شيخ الإسلام ابن تيمية – رحمه الله – في “درء تعارض العقل والنقل” (1/254) :
فطريقة السلف والأئمة أنهم يراعون المعاني الصحيحة المعلومة بالشرع والعقل.
ويرُاعون أيضاً الألفاظ الشرعية ، فيعبرون بها ما وجدوا إلى ذلك سبيلا. ومن تكلم بما فيه معنى باطل يخالف الكتاب والسنة ردوا عليه.
ومن تكلم بلفظ مبتدع يحتمل حقا وباطلا نسبوه إلى البدعة أيضا ، وقالوا : إنما قابل بدعة ببدعة وردَّ باطلا بباطل” .

“So the way of the Salaf and the Imaams of the past is that they would carefully consider and utilize the correct meanings that were confirmed by the religion and by the intellect.They would likewise carefully consider and utilize the terms and expressions that were confirmed by the religion, thus utilizing them in their speech whenever they could.

So whosoever spoke with a term that contained a false meaning, thereby opposing the Book and the Sunnah, then they, (the ‘Salaf’ and the Imaams) would refute him.

And whosoever came with an innovated term or expression that contained within it, truth and falsehood, then likewise they, (the ‘Salaf’ and the Imaams), would ascribe him to innovation as well, and they would say: ‘Indeed he has only confronted an innovation with another innovation, and has refuted falsehood with that which is false itself.'”

End Quote.

Shaykh Rabee’ Ibn Haadi al-Madkhalee (may Allaah preserve him) commented on these words of Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (may Allaah have mercy upon him):

أقول:
في هذا النص بيان أمور عظيمة ومهمة يسلكها السلف الصالح للحفاظ على دينهم الحق وحمايته من غوائل البدع والأخطاء منها:

“I say, This passage demonstrates some of the great and important affairs that the ‘Salaf As Saaleh’ would embark upon in order to protect and preserve their true religion. Likewise, the passage demonstrates the means of precaution that the ‘Salaf’ would take with regards to the dangers and calamities that may arise from innovations and mistakes.

From amongst these affairs are:

1- شدة حذرهم من البدع ومراعاتهم للألفاظ والمعاني الصحيحة المعلومة بالشرع والعقل، فلا يعبرون – قدر الإمكان – إلا بالألفاظ الشرعية ولا يطلقونها إلا على المعاني الشرعية الصحيحة الثابتة بالشرع المحمدي.

1. Their severe warning against innovation, and their concern for the utilization of the correct terms and meanings affirmed by both the religion and the intellect. So, in as much as they were able to do so, they would never speak except with them. Likewise, they would never apply the correct terms and expressions except upon the correct meanings established in the religion.

2- أنهم حراس الدين وحماته، فمن تكلم بكلام فيه معنى باطل يخالف الكتاب و السنة ردوا عليه.

ومن تكلم بلفظ مبتدع يحتمل حقاً وباطلاً نسبوه إلى البدعة ولو كان يرد على اهل الباطل، وقالوا إنما قابل بدعة ببدعة أخرى، ورد باطلا بباطل ، ولو كان هذا الراد من أفاضل أهل السنة والجماعة، ولا يقولون ولن يقولوا يحمل مجمله على مفصله لأنا نعرف أنه من أهل السنة.

2. Their severe warning against innovation, and their concern for the utilization of the correct terms and meanings affirmed by both the religion and the intellect. So, in as much as they were able to do so, they would never speak except with them. Likewise, they would never apply the correct terms and expressions except upon the correct meanings established in the religion.

And whosoever spoke with an innovated term containing truth and falsehood then they would ascribe him to innovation even if he was refuting ‘Ahlul Baatil’, (the people of falsehood), and they, (the Salaf ), would say: “Indeed he has only confronted an innovation with another innovation, and has refuted falsehood with that which is false itself.” And this may have been the case, even if the refuter was from amongst the most virtuous of ‘Ahlus Sunnah.’ And they, (the Salaf), would never say: “Rather his ‘Mujmal’ (general and ambiguous statements) should be referred back to his ‘Mufassal’ (detailed and explained ones) because we know him to be from ‘Ahlus Sunnah’”

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Written by islamictreasure

03/06/2012 at 12:00 PM

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