The Reasons For Differing Amongst The Ummah

Ibn Taymiyyah says:

Many of the Mujtahids amongst the salaf and the khalaf said and did things that were innovations but they did not know it was so. They did this because (a) they took a hadeeth thinking it was authentic when it was in reality weak, or (b) understanding a verse of the Quraan in a way that was not intended, or (c) because of an opinion they held in an issue and the text concerning it had not reached them.

If a person fears Allaah as much as he is able he falls under the saying of Allaah, “Our Lord, do not take us to account if we forget or err,” and in the saheeh it is reported that Allaah, Exalted is He, said, “I have done so“.

[Majmoo’ Fataawa]


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