“If a person’s creed is other than the salafi creed is he a mushrik?”
“No, because the goal of faith is for a person to believe in Allah, His angels, His books, His messengers (peace and blessings of Allah be upon them), the Hereafter and al-Qadar; the good and the bad (in a general sense). Thus, whoever believes in these things, then he is a Muslim, and whoever rejects one of these things is not. Therefore, what defines one as being a Muslim or a non-Muslim are these six points (pillars of faith). Thus, one who is not aware of anything related to creed (’Aqeedah) except that he believes in Allah (may He be magnified and exalted), the angels, the revealed books, the messengers and al-Qadar; believing in them in a general sense. unaware of the subtle points of (these aspects of faith), then he is a believer without a doubt. And if he dies on this (a general faith), then he will enter Paradise.”-o
Shaykh Muhammad al-Hassan Walad al-Dido al-Shanqiti.
let’s reverse rolls here and place ‘Ashari or Maturudi in place of the word salafi. Thus, at the end of the day we get the same answer to the equation. This fatwa represents a model for those working for revival and unity in the West. Also, it shows the great power of using the Usol to handle difficult questions and bring some moderation to a heated topic. It is well known that people are not obligated to know the details of faith. However, what is obligated is to have a general knowledge of the main pillars of faith. When we look at the current mess in the West related to the Aqidah wars we have to ask ourselves, in light of this answer, the following
- Why are the more difficult and contentious aspects of faith presented first to the community, especially to converts and reawakened Muslims
- Why are a large amount of people engaged in discussions over such issues when clearly these issues are for the scholars
- As we move forward what steps can be taken to medicate this problem and create some room to allow our community to breath and work together