In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy
Shaikh Muhammad Bin Haadee Al-Madkhali [may Allaah preserve him] was asked about the affair of refraining from fitna when it occurs and the ruling of the Islamic legislation in that regard; so, the Shaikh said:
To refrain from entering into fitna is regarding a fitna in which truth is not distinguished from falsehood-the fitna that is bewildering, that which the Prophet [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] has clarified and in which a Mujtahid is not left with any room to perform Ijtihaad. So, in such a case a person sticks to the Jamaa’ah [i.e. the main body of Muslims upon the correct methodology] and their Imaam [i.e. the Muslim Ruler]. And if there is neither the Jamaa’ah nor an Imaam, the Prophet [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] commanded a person to abandon all the groups and sects. But all praise be to Allaah the Jamaa’ah is present, the Imaam is present and the scholars are present and widespread among us.
As for refraining from clarifying the affairs to the people, then this is not what is intended by the hadeeth of the Prophet. One keeps away when none listens to you; rather everyone seeks to aid his own opinions and is amazed with themselves, and there is no one to guide the people to the truth. As for the affair of clarifying the truth to the people, this is something sought after, but this clarification is of two types:
Specific Clarification: This is carried out by a student of knowledge when there is a need in doing so – in accordance with his ability, knowledge and awareness.
Public Clarification: This is given to the general public in affairs related to public safety and well-being which may result in trials. This clarification is to be given by a person whose speech carries an impact and what he says will draw the attention of the people, and will carry an effect and benefit by the permission of Allaah.
And this does not mean that we have now become scholars when we do this; No! No! No! Rather, we clarify what we know in accordance with our ability and when it becomes obligatory to do so. [End of quote. Abridged and slightly paraphrased]
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