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Allaah (Ta ‘alaa) says in the Qur’aan,
“O People of the Scripture, do not go to extremes in your religion and do not speak except the truth.” [Soorah an-Nisaa: 171]
“Say: O People of the Scripture, do not go to extremes in your religion beyond the truth and do not follow the inclinations of a people who had gone astray before – they misled many and themselves strayed from the correctness of the way.” [Soorah al-Maa’idah:77]
“In both of these verses there is a forbiddance for the “people of the scripture” – the jews and christians – from going to extremes in religion. And every statement in the noble Qur’aan directed towards the people of the scripture also includes this nation (the Muslims) because it is this nation that is the primary recipient and addressee of this book. So when Allaah forbids them from going to extremes, we are even more so forbidden to go to extremes.”
Additionally, it was narrated by ‘Abdullaah Ibn ‘Abbaas (radhiyAllaahu ‘anhu) that the Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said,
“Beware of extremism in religion because the only thing that destroyed those before you was extremism in religion.” [An-Nasaa’ee and Ibn Maajah]
Moreover, ‘Abdullaah Ibn Masood ( radhiyAllaahu ‘anhu ) said: Allaah’s Messenger (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) repeated three times:
“The Mutanatti’oon are destroyed.” [Muslim]
An-Nawawee (rahimahullaah) explains, “The Mutanatti’oon are the overly-strict people; those who go too deep (into religious matters), the extremists, those who go beyond the permissible limits in their statements and actions.” [“The Forbiddance and Danger of Extremism” by Shaykh ‘Ali Ibn Yahya al-Haddaadi from AbdurRahman. org]
The Noble Shaykh Khalid ‘Abdur Rahmaan al-Misree (hafidhahullaah) will admonish us regarding this grave matter of extremism in the religion and expound on its aspects, reasons and the cure for this disease from the pure Sunnah of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam).
We ask Allaah to make us from those who are balanced; those who neither fall into negligence nor exceed the limits.
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