Question asked to Al-Allaamah Ash-Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan (may Allaah preserve him)
Q. A man calls in the gathering to a principle and encourages the people to hold fast to it and it is: We unite upon that which we agree on and we excuse one another for that which we disagree. This individual calls to this principle on the television and in the gatherings of the people?
A. This is the principle of the Ikhwaan Al-Muslimeen and it is well known. The one who has said it is Hasan Al-Bannaa the founder of the Ikhwaanal-Muslimeen. It is a false principle. How can we unite upon that which we agree on and excuse one another for that which we disagree about? If we differ with one another in the matter of Aqeedah are we to excuse one another? Are we to unite with the grave worshipers and the Soofiyyah? This principle is contradictory. That is because it will never be possible to unite while there is differing. It is a must that there be unity in the Aqeedah, ideology, path, and in the methodology. We will never unite while we are differing. This is their principle which they constantly repeat/propagate and they call it the golden principle. Why don't they say:
"Say Oh people of the Book, let's come to a common word between us and you that we will not worship any one except for Allaah and we will not associate any partners with Him. Nor will we take each other as lords besides Allaah."
(Aal 'Imraan: 64)
Come and let's unite upon the word of Tawheed which united between the Arab and Non-Arab and united between the predecessors of this nation and the latter of it. Allaah stated:
"Indeed this nation of yours is one nation and I am your Lord therefore worship me"
As for pardoning in matters which there is disagreement in, it is only in the the allowed differing, that which it is allowed (for the one who is qualified to make) the Ijtihaad.
Source: Al-Ijaabaat Al-Muhimmah Fee Al-Mashaakil Al-Mulimmah" V.2 pg. 225
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