Is Rebelling Against a Ruler an Issue of Ijtihād?
جوابا على من يقول : اخلروج على احلاكم مسألة اجتهادية :Original Title
Author: Ṣāliḥ al-Fawzān
Translated by: Abu az-Zubayr Harrison – authentic-translations.com
Question: What do you say, may Allah preserve you, about a person who states that the issue of rebelling and opposing the ruler (king, president, government, etc.) is only a matter of Ijtihād (independent, personal interpretation) and says that there is a difference of opinion regarding the issue among the Salaf. Therefore, it is not permissible to accuse those who differ in this regard (those who allow political revolution and opposition) of being innovators or sinners.
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