Today, when sins are rife and fitna (trials and tribulations) is widespread, where is time to argue (on Deeni issues) and dispute?
Most of the arguments bring in no result; rather there is much possibility that (though being in the right- side/correct understanding) somehow we cannot control anger, we become arrogant and also engage in the grave sin – geebat (backbiting). All these result in aversion and disunity for each other. There is almost no benefit discussing, meddling in and arguing on various issues – the way many people do today. May Allah Taala save all of us!
Moreover, there is an acute deficit of Ikhlas (sincerity) and Ilm (Deeni Knowledge) at this age. Therefore, arguments should be completely avoided. Pious Ulama are an exception; they have rights, responsibilities & thorough knowledge of Deen. If they feel necessary, in a particular situation, they might get into arguments, which we, the general people should never dare to follow.
Nafs (our lower self) and shaytan will always attempt to make us astray and for that, they will provoke us to participate into arguments. Right after being successful, they will be triggering the evil thought of high self-confidence, making us egoistic and leading us to the doorsteps of Jahannam. (May Allah Taala save us!)
An individual should always reflect on his own faults. He must be absorbed in his work and he may only sincerely and very politely make efforts to reform people around. Duties and responsibilities toward other people should be carried out in the Shariah prescribed way. General people cannot supersede the Ulama (pious scholars) regarding tasks and words, which encompass in-depth Deeni issues. Even in addressing basic points of Deen, the general people completely depend on the guidelines provided by the Ulama (pious scholars).
Among the evil outcomes of an argument, worst is the division of Ummah! Anyone responsible for it will face a stark fate. (May Allah Taala save us!) Even the learned pious scholars dislike and disregard highly entering into arguments and debates. Whereas, they have the full right and understanding of in-depth knowledge. Still they abstain from arguments and disputes.
Therefore, general people like us should carefully and meticulously abstain from any types of Deeni arguments; if someone proactively raises arguments, we should politely make excuses (for instance, tell him, “I have no/little idea of it, do ask the Ulama please“) and completely refrain from entering or participating into a dialogue. This will keep us away from many fitna, preserve our Iman and Deen, and help lead a peaceful life Inshaallah.
Respected readers, who understand Urdu, are requested to listen to this lecture of Mufti Abdur Rauf Sukkharvi (DB):
Bahas O Takrar se bachain (Click)