Good Reminder: Civility Of The Dispute Between The Mujahidin - The Good Reminders Part 17
31 December 2014
By Al-Ikhwah Al-Mujahidun
Muwahideen Media published an English translation of
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)'s good
reminder regarding the civility of the dispute between
the Mujahidin that released by Al Malahim Media:
The Good Reminders Part 17:
"Civility of the Dispute Between the Mujahidin"
"Peace and Allah's mercy and blessings be upon you.
Praise be to Allah the Lord of the worlds. Prayers and
peace be upon his prophet, his family, and all his
"When disputes and conflict come up, our reference
should be the Quran and the Sunnah. Only knowledgeable
people should make such calls, using these references.
By knowledgeable people (al ulama'), we mean those who
are trusted and straightforward in their character.
Additionally, there are certain behaviors we need to
follow during times of conflict.
One of the characteristics of a munafiq (hypocrite) is
becoming obscene when he disagrees with a person, we
ask Allah (swt) for his protection against hypocrisy.
This should not be the situation with the believer. A
believer is a pious person who speaks al haqq (the
truth), whether in agreement or disagreement with
another person. Therefore, there are certain behaviors
we need to stick to when conflict strikes.
The first behavior is impartiality fi sabil Allah and
not sticking tight to their personal opinions. Our
main purpose should be to discern Allah's (swt) ruling
on the issue and to worship Him. Our focus should be
on pleasing Allah (swt), whether a final ruling
pleases us personally or not. Many times, the shari'a
ruling may be against our desire, therefore, we must
train ourselves to accept such a ruling in all
The second behavior is kindness of speech during
disagreement. Allah ta'ala said: ‘Speak fair to an
Nass (the people).' (From al Quran al Karim al Baqara
2:83). Imam al Qurtubi said about this verse:
therefore, a person's speech should be soft and his
face should shine when talking with either a good or
evil man, a Sunni or Mubtadi'i, without compromising
or any inclination to condone the beliefs of the
opponent. Allah (swt) said to Moses and Aaron: ‘Speak
to him (the Pharoah) mildly.' (from al Quran al Karim
Ta Ha 20:44). Therefore, we declare the person who
gives nasiha (advice) is not better than Moses and
Aaron, and the person who receives the nasiha is not
more evil than Pharoah. Talha bin Umar said to Ata bin
Rabah: ‘The people meeting at your home have different
leanings, and I am a hard-tempered man. I may answer
to them in a harsh manner.' So Talha responded and
said: ‘Do not do that. Allah ta'ala said: ‘Speak fair
to the people.'
The third behavior is giving the opponent the benefit
of the doubt and thinking positively about what he
said or did. Both al Haqq (truth) and falsehood are
clear, but one may have an excuse for doing something
wrong, so we must give that person the benefit of the
doubt and act as his advocate before judging him.
The fourth behavior deals with not raising your voice
during the time of the disagreement. This behavior
needs focus and the right habits. Allah ta'ala said:
‘And be moderate in your pace, and lower your voice.'
(from al Quran al Karim Luqman 31:19). Then, he
mentioned that a bad example about those who speak
with a loud voice when He said in the same verse: ‘the
harshest of sounds, without a doubt, is the braying of
the ass.' Raising the voice is not good manners. The
truth is obvious by its evidence and the strength, so
there is not a need to say it with a loud voice or
with emotion. This behavior needs to be discussed, as
one person may not be able to do this on multiple
occasions at the beginning. Therefore, one needs to
watch himself to practice this behavior.
The fifth behavior is acknowledging our differences in
how we look at the issue. You should see your
opponent's viewpoint while you still disagree with it.
You should think of it like a worthy opinion, but say
your opinion may be better. Yousef al Sadafi said: ‘I
have not seen any man wiser than Imam al Shafi'i. I
discussed a matter with him and then we left each
other. I saw him again, so he held my hand and said:
‘Abu Musa, can we not still be brothers even if we
disagree on a matter?' This shows the hikmah (wisdom)
of this Imam, and how great his doctrine is, since to
today, similar people have disagreements with each
These are five behaviors we should try to adhere to
and commit ourselves to continuing. May Allah (swt)
forgive us our trespasses and grant us mercy. Peace
and Allah's blessings be upon everyone."
"Oh Aqsa, We are Coming!"