[Part 2.1] A Brief Rebuttal Against Jason Burke – A Journalist Based In Johannesburg: [Is This Damage Limitation Exercise or Al-Jahlul Murakkab Limitation Exercise?!]

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

After revisiting the article written by Jason Burke on July 12, we found a statement in it today [July 15] as follows:

Firstly, is this Damage Limitation Exercise or Al-Jahlul Murakkab Limitation Exercise? Imaam Muhammad Bin Saaleh Al-Uthaymeen [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “Which one is more repugnant- Al Jahlul Baseet [the type of ignorance which shows that the person knows nothing about a particular affair] or Al Jahlul Murakkab [the type of ignorance which shows that a person understands something in a manner contrary to what it is in reality – he neither knows nor knows that he does not know]?”

Answer: Yes, certainly. There is no doubt that Al-Murakkab is indeed more repugnant. It has been mentioned that there was a man called Tawm, who used to think that he was a wise person, but he gave verdicts without knowledge. And from those verdicts of his was that he said, “Give your daughters as charity to those who have not been married”, and he thought that this [statement or verdict] of his is good. And regarding it, a poet said: “The one who acquires [or pursues] knowledge without a Shaikh will deviate from the straight path; the sciences [of the religion] will become mixed up for him, until he becomes more misguided than Tawm – the [so called] wise man, who said that the [people] give their daughters to men as charity and [seek] the gardens of bliss [i.e. paradise] by way of that. [Sharh Al-Waraqaat- page 44-45. slightly paraphrased]

Secondly, as we mentioned in part 2, Imaam Ibnul Qayyim [rahimahullaah] said, “It is obligated on you to give detail and make a distinction, because unrestricted and general [statements] without clarification has indeed corrupted this existence [i.e. the world], and misguided the intellects and views [of the people] in every era”.

Shaikh Saaleh Al-Fawzaan [may Allaah preserve him] said: There has to be detail explanation. The one who is not proficient in giving detail should keep quiet, because benefit is not acquired from his speech. And every time error occurs, its cause is due to an absence of detail explanation regarding truth and falsehood. There has to be detail explanation and distinction and not to mix up [affairs]. Indeed, it may be that there is something of truth and falsehood in an opponent’s statement, so all of it is neither deemed to be false nor truth; rather there has to be a distinction between its truth and falsehood. All of it is neither rejected nor accepted; rather a distinction is made regarding the truth and what is correct and the falsehood and error in it. And if you are not proficient in giving detail, then you should not enter into this field. [5] [Ref 5: Source: An Excerpt from At-Ta-leeqaat Al-Mukhtasar Alaa Al-Qaseedah an-Nooniyyah: Vol: 1 page: 216. By Shaikh Saaleh Al-Fawzaan (hafidhahullaah). Slightly paraphrased]

Finally, the argument was not whether FGM is an Islamist policy or not, rather the affair – first and foremost – is that some of these journalists rush to speculate and enter into ambiguities. The above clarification of his does not uproot the root or foundation of his ignorance regarding issues of the infallible religion ordained by his Lord; rather what will solve his problem is that he reads this article page 2 http://www.aboutatheism.net/articles/kflqsjb-on-female-genital-mutilation-culture-and-islam-a-refutation-of-ayaan-hirsi-ali.cfm  and refrain from utilising terms whose meanings are completely false when attached to the word Islaam. And unless he refrains from utilising such terms, then expect nothing else but an increase in his errors and thus his ignorance becomes clearer as the midday sun. May Allaah guide him Aameen.


Salafi Centre Appeal 2020



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