Allah Ta`ala has sent His Mahboob, Hazrat Muhammad Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam as a model for peace, progress and prosperity for the whole humanity. He came with a shariah that is a road large enough to encompass different lanes and with clear marked roadsides. That is the beloved prophet SAW came with a deen that entertain tolerance of jurisprudence, different opinions under the same principle of Tawheed and sunnah and also different approach. The beloved prophet SAW established this Sunnah and then he instructed Abu Bakr to do the same.
While I am reading the sayings of the prophet SAW, I realise that the degree of tolerance that the sunnah teaches us has been trampled upon and everyone is pinpointing the other one in this Ummah. Brothers and Sisters, this is a call that we should come to what is common between us as Tawheed, Quraan and Sunnah. You may be following someone in the 1st century of his understanding of Qur-aan and Sunnah, and some other one following after that. The Shariah tolerate in one Saff different postures of the hand during salaah. So be more tolerant please. Without tolerance, we will split like hairs with split ends! The one who has affinity to Fazail Amaals should tolerate those who has both Fazail and Muntakhab Ahadiths. The one who has affinity to restriction of photos should tolerate those who don`t. Sad! And it is against the principle of tolerance of Sunnah for that group Admin who jump smash a group member simply he displays photos. As if there are no ulamas that hold its permissibility on the surface of the earth. Those ulamas who are very severe against photos should realise that next time don`t even give a photo to the embassy for a nafil Hajj or Umrah. If it is Haraam, then no need for you to go for a nafil Umrah. There will be no way out but to take the fatwa of those who say it is only a freeze of figures and shadows which is permissible. Ulamas has given permission the use of figurine coins, newspapers and trade of figurine clothing because there is no Ta`zeem and special respect given to these.
Besides where is that degree of tolerance that the beloved prophet SAW showed to his companions?
Tolerance will attract people and intolerance will spell people away from deen. But in any case, you need to enquire from Ulamas the limits of tolerance. And remember tolerance starts at home. If there is no tolerance, then there will be divorce and talaaq. Rise in talaaq in all ranks indicate the extreme norm of intolerance in the Ummah.
عَنْ عُرْوَةَ عَنْ عَائِشَةَ أَنَّ أَبَا بَكْرٍ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ دَخَلَ عَلَيْهَا وَعِنْدَهَا جَارِيَتَانِ فِي أَيَّامِ مِنَى تُدَفِّفَانِ وَتَضْرِبَانِ وَالنَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ مُتَغَشٍّ بِثَوْبِهِ فَانْتَهَرَهُمَا أَبُو بَكْرٍ فَكَشَفَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ عَنْ وَجْهِهِ فَقَالَ دَعْهُمَا يَا أَبَا بَكْرٍ فَإِنَّهَا أَيَّامُ عِيدٍ وَتِلْكَ الْأَيَّامُ أَيَّامُ مِنًى وَقَالَتْ عَائِشَةُ رَأَيْتُ النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَسْتُرُنِي وَأَنَا أَنْظُرُ إِلَى الْحَبَشَةِ وَهُمْ يَلْعَبُونَ فِي الْمَسْجِدِ فَزَجَرَهُمْ عُمَرُ فَقَالَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ دَعْهُمْ أَمْنًا بَنِي أَرْفِدَةَ يَعْنِي مِنْ الْأَمْنِ
Reported in Bukhari that on the day of Eid, two girls were singing with daffs in the house of Hazrat Aisha r.a. and the beloved prophet SAW was covering his face. Abu Bakr r.a. came in and started reprimanded them about singing in the house of the prophet. The prophet SAW uncovered his face to tell Abu Bakr to leave them as it was the day of Eid…(Bukhari) Using daff without rhythm on occasions of nikah/eid is a diverted issue. As such the beloved prophet SAW tolerated it.
Advice is important generally. But there are places when silence of tolerance is sunnah. That is why the Qur-aan exhort Da`wah to be done with Hikmah and wisdom. Ulamas says that it is harmful without wisdom. Matters that are of divergence nature reach a tolerance level. You may express your opinion softly taking into consideration the respect and existence of the opposite opinion. One should not purposely pin point the other one that they are ignorant, prejudiced or without proof,etc. Let us unite under the banner of Islam. One Allah. Following one prophet. One QUr-aan. Take only one name: muslims. Leave the rest of affinity names. Be more tolerant. The only way for us to become One.