The Neutral Approach.

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Bismihi Ta`ala

*THE NEUTRAL APPROACH.*
*I have heard on the net that someone supposedly learned reprimanded those who are neutral and who do not wish to pronounce themselves on conflicting issues happening around us. This is not true. I have brought a few riwayats to prove that we may respect, love all and at the same time follow the best for us.*
*First of all, Rasouloullah Swalallahou Alaihi wasallam advised hazrat Annas r.a. to stay neutral on conflicting issues that will follow after him:*
عَنْ عَلِيِّ بْنِ زَيْدٍ عَنْ سَعِيدِ بْنِ الْمُسَيَّبِ قَالَ قَالَ أَنَسُ بْنُ مَالِكٍ
قَالَ لِي رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَا بُنَيَّ إِنْ قَدَرْتَ أَنْ تُصْبِحَ وَتُمْسِيَ لَيْسَ فِي قَلْبِكَ غِشٌّ لِأَحَدٍ فَافْعَلْ ثُمَّ قَالَ لِي يَا بُنَيَّ وَذَلِكَ مِنْ سُنَّتِي وَمَنْ أَحْيَا سُنَّتِي فَقَدْ أَحَبَّنِي وَمَنْ أَحَبَّنِي كَانَ مَعِي فِي الْجَنَّةِ
ترمذي؛ حياة الصحابة

*Hazrat Annas r.a. said that the beloved prophet SAW told him: O son! If you can spend your days and nights such that there is no hate for anyone, then do it. Then he added: And O son! Know that this is my way(mu sunnah). And one who like my sunnah, he has indeed liked me. And the one who liked me, will be with me in Jannah! (Tirmizi; Hayatus Sahabah)*

قلت له من بين القوم: يا رسول الله وما الفتن؟ قال: يا وائل إذا تختلف سيفان في الإِسلام فاعتزلهما.
الطبراني ؛حياة الصحابة

*Rasouloullah Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam said: ‘‘O Wa-il! When there will be conflicts of wars between muslims, then stay away from both.’’(Tabrani;Hayatus Sahabah)*

عَنْ أَبِي بُرْدَةَ قَالَ دَخَلْتُ عَلَى مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ مَسْلَمَةَ فَقَالَ
إِنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ إِنَّهَا سَتَكُونُ فِتْنَةٌ وَفُرْقَةٌ وَاخْتِلَافٌ فَإِذَا كَانَ كَذَلِكَ فَأْتِ بِسَيْفِكَ أُحُدًا فَاضْرِبْهُ حَتَّى يَنْقَطِعَ ثُمَّ اجْلِسْ فِي بَيْتِكَ حَتَّى تَأْتِيَكَ يَدٌ خَاطِئَةٌ أَوْ مَنِيَّةٌ قَاضِيَةٌ فَقَدْ وَقَعَتْ وَفَعَلْتُ مَا قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ
ابن ماجة

*Reported in Ibn Majah that Rasouloullah Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam advised him during muslim conflicts to break the sword on the Uhud mountain and then  stay neutral at home.(Ibn Majah)*

*The beloved prophet Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam appreciated both the weak and the strong mu-min. But know that he advised us to be strong, to use the best of our intellect and then follow the path that would benefit us the most:*
عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ قَالَ
قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ الْمُؤْمِنُ الْقَوِيُّ خَيْرٌ وَأَحَبُّ إِلَى اللَّهِ مِنْ الْمُؤْمِنِ الضَّعِيفِ وَفِي كُلٍّ خَيْرٌ احْرِصْ عَلَى مَا يَنْفَعُكَ وَاسْتَعِنْ بِاللَّهِ وَلَا تَعْجَزْ وَإِنْ أَصَابَكَ شَيْءٌ فَلَا تَقُلْ لَوْ أَنِّي فَعَلْتُ كَانَ كَذَا وَكَذَا وَلَكِنْ قُلْ قَدَرُ اللَّهِ وَمَا شَاءَ فَعَلَ فَإِنَّ لَوْ تَفْتَحُ عَمَلَ الشَّيْطَانِ
مسلم

*Rasouloullah Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam said: Allah Ta`ala likes more a person who is strong rather than weak, although both has his virtues.*Look forward for that option that would benefit you the most.* *And supplicate help from Allah and don`t be in a state of incapacity/powerlessness…’’(Muslim)*
*The rest of the hadith advise us to avoid using the word ‘if’ in cases of failure or unsatisfactory. But after careful choice with istikahrah, duas, mashwara with the specialist and using our intellect then still we fail, then have faith on Taqdeer and destiny. Just Say: ‘Qaddarullah Wa Mashaa-a Fa`ala’: ‘This has been destined by Allah. And He does what He wills.’’(Muslim)*
*This is the prescription against depression. To accept the failures, the divorce, the bankruptcy and the splits as a destiny of Allah Ta`ala.*
*Hazrat Muhammad Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam came with solution for everything.*

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