A Warning Against Ideological Fanaticism

A Warning Against Ideological Fanaticism: Shaykh Salih b. Mahdi al-Muqbili & Shaykh Jamal al-Din al-Qasimi Translated by Shaykh Abdullah bin Hamid Ali

Shaykh Salih b. Mahdi al-Muqbili, a Yemeni scholar who died in the year 1108 AH/1696 CE, says in his work, Al-‘Ilm Al-Shamikh fi Tafdil al-Haqq ‘ala al-Aba’ wa al-Mashayikh (The Towering Knowledge Concerning the Superiority of the Truth Over One’s Forefathers and Shaykhs),

“One should know that disagreement, fanaticism, and partisanship are the factors which have led to some Muslims taking up arms against others; removing the sanctity of their blood, wealth, and honor; and distorting the Book and the Sunna to the point of making them as if they no longer exist via the closure of the door to ijtihad…Then the consequence of the sectarian split was that everyone placed the main source of schism (between them and others) before all else. And each of them took pride in the various governors (muluk) who inclined toward them against their opponents.”

After mentioning these words of Al-Muqbili, the Syrian scholar, Shaykh Jamal al-Din al-Qasimi (1866-1914) said the following,

Rather, only the intellectual leaders are to be blamed for pursuing such a policy and adopting such an approach, since had it not been for the clamor of this faction (of intellectuals) and their dissemination of these titles (alqab) into (peoples’) hearts, the Umma in its parts would be clinging together, strong in the grip of love between its members.”

Tarikh al-Jahmiya wa al-Mu’tazila, pp. 96-97

translated by Shaykh Abdullah bin Hamid Ali