One of The Very Important Affairs That Should Be The Centre of One’s Attention Whilst Seeking After Truth – [By Shaikh Rabee (may preserve him)]

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy

Shaikh Rabee Bin Haadi [may Allaah preserve him] said:

فيجب على كل مسلم أن يفتش نفسه فقد يميل إنسان إلى صاحب الحق لهوى ، فقبل أن يتبين له الحق يتمنى أن يكون فلان هو المنتصر بالحجة أو غيرها فتميل نفسه لأنه فلان ، ولو كان على الحق لا يجوز أن يوجد هذا الميل، فيقول: إذا وجد هذا الميل ولو مع صاحب الحق يكون من حكم الجاهلية ، وهذا أمر لا يخطر بالبال عند كثير من الناس .

فيجب على المسلم أن يراقب الله في القضايا المختلف فيها ، وأن يكون قصده فقط معرفة الحق سواء مع هذا أو مع ذاك .

ومن هنا يقول الشافعي : “إذا دخلت في مناظرة لا أبالي إذا كان الحق مع صاحبي أو معي” فلا يبالي ولا يتمنى أن يكون الحق معه بل يتمنى أن يكون مع صاحبه وأن تكون النصرة له ، هذا هو الخلق العالي وهذا هو الدين المستقيم

It is obligated on every Muslim to examine himself, for indeed a person might incline towards [another] person who is upon truth based on his desires; then even before the truth is clear to him, he wishes that such and such person should be the one aided with the proofs or something else, so, his soul inclines [towards that person] because he [i.e. that person] is such and such [personality].

Therefore, even if that person is upon the truth, it is not permissible for this type of inclination to be present. If this type of inclination is present, even with the person upon truth, it is considered to be a trait of pre-Islamic ignorance.   This is an affair that does not cross the minds of many people.  Therefore, it is obligated on a Muslim in relation to affairs wherein people differ, that he is attentive to the fact that Allaah knows, sees and hears everything, and his intention [goal or aim] should only be that he [wants] to know the truth whether it is with this or that person. And in relation to this, Imaam Ash-Shaafi’ee said: “When I enter into a discussion [or debate], I am not bothered whether the truth is with me or with the other person.” So, he is not bothered nor does he wish that the truth is with him, rather he wishes that it is either with the other person or with him. This is the lofty moral conduct and the upright religion.

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