Picking And Choosing Opinions That Suit Ones Desires, By Sh. Saalih Al-Fawzaan


Shaykh Saalih Al-Fawzaan, when asked if a woman can unveil her face because of the difference of opinion on this matter, replied:

“No one uses the difference of opinion amongst the scholars as a justification except for the people of desires who love to follow their whims. As for the one who fears Allaah, he does not use the differences of opinion as an excuse.

Differences of opinions exist amongst the scholars. In fact, there is almost no issue from among the issues of fiqh, except that there can be found a difference of opinion amongst the scholars in it. This is why Allaah has commanded us to refer back to the Book and the Sunnah.

And if you differ in anything, then refer it back to Allaah and the Messenger if you truly believe in Allaah and the last day.” [4:59]

So differences of opinion exist. However, it is not permissible for us to (only) accept the opinion that confirms to our desires and aspirations, whilst rejecting the one that is supported by the evidences just because it contradicts our desires. This is not permissible.

So what is required is to take the opinion that is in conformity with the evidence from the Book and the Sunnah with regard to the Hijaab as well as everything else.”

The shaykh then went on to confirm the obligation of a woman veiling her face.

[Ta’ammulaat Fee Awaakhir Suratil Ahzaab, 49-51]

Taken from “Four Essays On The Obligation Of Veiling” p.4

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4 Responses to “Picking And Choosing Opinions That Suit Ones Desires, By Sh. Saalih Al-Fawzaan”

  1. Umm Aasiah Says:

    JazakAllah khair brother for posting this article, my husband and i hav had a lot of discussion on this topic of taqleed ( following just one madhab) or not, and we both felt that opinions might be taken of any of the imams… but in the country we live in, the people of knowledge insist on taqleed. This confused us a lot, we felt guilty of choosing one over the other and felt how cud we reject the opinion of an Imam so great when we hav no knowledge ourselves, even though we cud sometimes see that one opinion had a very strong hadith supporting it! but alhumdulilah this post suddenly makes it so clear. We CAN choose the opinion of any of the imams but only because its what Allah wants of us not what we want! SubhanAllah! Allahu Akbar! so simple!

  2. Just as a side note; this article is not promoting taqleed (blind following)… One is obliged to follow that which he/she believes to be the truth.

  3. Abdul Raheem Says:

    subhanalah, so shaykh salih al fawzan belives it is an obligation to wear the niqab?

    • Yes, and the evidences are any. Refer to the book mentioned above for proofs.

      Bin Baaz, Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, Zayd Al-Madkhalee, Sh. Saalih Al-Fawzaan and many others say it is obligatory.

      Again, read the above mentioned bok for proofs (for its obligation) and refutations against those who say it is recommended.

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