The definition of extremism (Ghuloo) is to go beyond bounds regarding the legislation by adding affairs to the religion.
“Do not transgress the bounds of Allaah. The one who transgresses these bounds are the oppressors”
These bounds have been set for the wellbeing and safety of mankind. This legislation was established to preserve 5 key points:
- To preserve the religion.
- To preserve the intellect
- To preserve life
- To preserve the wealth of the people
- To preserve the honour of the people.
Ibn Al Qayyim: “An evil act calls to its sister of evil acts”
Regarding the legislation, the Qur’an and Sunnah, there is clear prohibition of extremism. From them, the statement of the Prophet Sallallaahu ALayhi Wa Sallam:
“Those who go into extremes will perish. Those who go into extremes will perish. Those who go into extremes will perish.”
Likewise, Abdullah Ibn Abbaas said:
“The Messenger said: “O Mankind, stay away from extremism in your religion, for indeed those who were before you were destroyed because of extremism””
Ibn Tayymiyyah said regarding this statement: “It is general to all aspects of extremism, in creed and action.”
“And We have sent you not but as a mercy for the ‘Alamin (mankind, jinns and all that exists).” 21:107
Sufyaan Ath Thawree (D97H) said: “Gentleness is to put the affairs in their rightful places. Putting stricness in its rightful place and putting kindness in its rightful place.”
Others say: “Gentleness is that which Allaah has commanded and that which His Messenger Sallalaahu Alayhi Wa sallam has commanded”
Allaah loves gentleness.
The Prophet Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam said to one of the companions:
“There are 2 charachteristics that you have that Allaah loves. Gentleness and Compassion.
-From Allaah’s names is Ar-Rafiq (The Most Kind/Gentle)
Recorded by the Salafi Centre of Manchester at the Islam Against Extremism Conference on 22/7/17 and streamed LIVE on SunnahRadio.Net