Notions that must be corrected by Shaykh Muhammad Alawi Al Maliki Al Hasani
NOTIONS THAT MUST BE CORRECTED
That is to say, it is mandatory upon a Muslim to correct these ‘notions’. Why do I say that? Because when there are differing opinions for example between groups of people, this difference of opinion may be either in aqidah which is belief, or it may be in Figh which is Shariah law.
Al aqidah – belief is one. In Al Qur’an al Karim Allah has said: The Messenger believes in what hath been revealed to him from his Lord, as do the men of faith. Each one (of them) believes in Allah, His angels, His books, and His messengers.
“We make no distinction (they say) between one and another of His messengers.” And they say: “We hear, and we obey: (We seek) Your forgiveness, our Lord, and to You is the end of all journeys.” We must believe in Allah, Almighty and Glorious are He, angels, prophets, the books, the last day.
This is a fundamental belief and our name is al mu’mineen. Not fuqaha. Allah, Almighty, and Glorious is He, has selected from among the believer’s fuqaha – faqih. People such as Imam Shafi’i, Imam Hanafi, Al Maliki, and so on.
They are the fuqaha of the ummah (jurists). And millions upon millions of people depend upon their Fiqh. Their legal rulings. You see, there are four schools of thought in Fiqh – Islamic Jurisprudence.
Meaning, in your daily life, muamalat – such as how much to pay in Zakat, how to perform your ablution, the practice for taking your ablution, the way you pray, such as how to place your hands, and so on, this is all Fiqh.
A fiqh is an option. More options for the ummah. That is Allah’s mercy, Almighty and Glorious are He. But aqidah is one.