Exceeding the limits prescribed by Shariah 

Posted on February 21, 2014


Shaykhul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah – rahimahullaah – said:

“When dealing with the people of sin, one must not exceed the limits prescribed by the Sharee’ah – neither in hating, censuring, preventing, abandoning or chastising them.
Rather, the one who does so should be told: Worry about your own self. No harm will come to you from those who are misled, if you are truly guided, as Allaah – the Mort High – said:
“And do not let your hatred of others swerve you away from doing justice.
But be just! That is closer to taqwaa (piety).”
[Soorah al-Maa’idah 5:8].

And Allaah said:
“And fight in the way of Allaah those who fight you, but do not transgress the limits.” [Soorah al-Baqarah 2:190].

Indeed, many of those who command and forbid overstep the limits set by Allaah, either through jahl (ignorance) or dhulm (injustice).
Thus, this issue (of justice) must be firmly maintained, whether it is in regards to censuring the unbelievers, the hypocrites, the sinners or the disobedient ones.”

[Reference: Majmoo’ul-Fataawaa (14/381)]

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