In The Name of Allah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.
Reflect Before Joining Riders of The “Thought Process Trojan Horse” With The Self-proclaimed Anti-Extremist and So-called Flexible One!
Allah [The Most High] said:
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا تُقَدِّمُوا بَيْنَ يَدَيِ اللَّهِ وَرَسُولِهِ ۖ وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ سَمِيعٌ عَلِيمٌ
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا تَرْفَعُوا أَصْوَاتَكُمْ فَوْقَ صَوْتِ النَّبِيِّ
O you who believe! Do not put (yourselves) forward before Allah and His Messenger, and fear Allah. Verily! Allah is All-Hearing, All-Knowing. O you who believe! Raise not your voices above the voice of the Prophet. [Surah Al-Hujuraat. Aayaat 1-2]
Imaam Ibnul Qayyim [may Allah have mercy upon him] said, “When it is the fact that Allah forbids giving oneself precedence over the Messenger [peace and blessings of Allah be upon him], then which type of giving oneself precedence over the Messenger can be more severe than giving one’s intellect precedence over the revelation he was sent with? Many of the Salaf stated, ”Do not say anything (in religion) until the Messenger speaks, and do not act until he commands you”. The most disobedient person among the people, and the worst in terms of giving precedence to oneself over the Messenger, is the one who gives precedence to their intellect or the intellect of another person over the revelation with which the Messenger was sent. And when it is the case that Allah has forbidden them from raising their voices above the voice of the Messenger, how about elevating their intellects above the Messenger’s statements and the revelation he brought?! (1)
Imaam Abdul Azeez Bin Baaz [may Allah have mercy upon him] was asked: Are those who rely on their intellects to grasp many aspects of religion considered to be mistaken?
Answer: Yes; it is obligated that he does not depend on his intellect, but he studies the texts and relies on the divine texts from Allah’s speech and that of Allah’s Messenger [peace and blessings of Allah be upon him] because there is guidance in it and direction to good. As for the intellect, it can be right or wrong.
The sects that oppose Ahlus Sunnah were destroyed because of their intellects. They thought that they had good intellects and that their intellects arrived at what was correct, so they opposed the (authentic divine) texts with their sluggish intellects that they thought were upright. What was it that caused the Jahmiyyah to deny Allaah’s Perfect Names and Attributes, if not their corrupt intellects?! What was it that led the Mutazilah to negate Allah’s Attributes and declared that the sinners [i.e. those who die whilst committing the major sins that are lesser than major kufr and major shirk] will remain in the fire forever, except due to their corrupt intellects?! Likewise, this is the case regarding their followers who utter this same speech. What led the Khawaarij to excommunicate the people due to committing sins- is that the sinner is a disbeliever and will remain in the fire forever- except because of their corrupt intellects. Likewise, this is the case regarding others among the proponents of Bidah.
The intellects they depend upon are what destroys them because they think that their intellects are safe, sound, good, and infallible, whereas that is not the case; rather it is not infallible – makes mistakes a lot; however, they have good suspicion regarding their intellects and an evil suspicion regarding the texts and thus they are destroyed.
It is obligatory to harbour a good suspicion regarding the texts and an evil suspicion regarding the intellect and to submit the intellect to the texts. The texts are infallible if their chain of transmission is established to be authentic. As for the intellects, they are fallible. A person is susceptible to mistakes, shortcomings, and desires. As for the Messenger [peace and blessings of Allah be upon him], what he conveyed from Allah is infallible, and likewise, the Qur’an is infallible- Allah’s Speech. Therefore, it is obligatory that the Qur’an and Sunnah pass judgement on your intellect and that you give precedence to the Qur’an and Sunnah over your intellect- over the intellect of the Shaikh, the Mashaayikh, your forefathers, ancestors, and all the people. The texts are given precedence over all the intellects. (2)
Listen to Abu Taymiyyah, ‘Abdur-Rahman Hasan & Da’wah Man, Their Da’wah is Balanced? -By Shaikh Abu Khadeejah Abdul-Waahid
Ref 1: An Excerpt from Al-Waabil as-Sayyib’ page: 21.