Should We Excuse One Another On Matters Wherein We Differ?
By Ibn Uthaymeen
What is your view regarding the statement of some, “We unite in issues that we agree upon, and we excuse one another in matters we disagree about”?
This statement is too general in its implications:
- Its first part – “We unite in issues that we agree upon” – is the truth
- Its second part – “We excuse one another in matters we disagree about” – requires a more detailed explanation.
If difference of opinion on an issue is based upon valid ijtihaad, then yes, we should excuse one another, and moreover, our hearts should not differ. But if ijtihaad is not valid (when the ruling in a matter is clearly expressed in the sharee’ah), then we do not excuse those who oppose the truth; rather, we must make it clear to them that they must submit to the truth.
[Taken from "The Islamic Awakening, Important Guidelines", By Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen, p. 208