What Is The Difference Between Manhaj (Methodology) And Aqeedah (Islamic Beliefs)?
Shaykh Al-Fawzaan said, “The manhaj (i.e. islamic methodology to understand/implement the deen) is more general (and or broader) than the aqeedah; the manhaj is in the aqeedah and in the sulook (mannerism) and in the akhlaaq (morals) and in the mu’amalaat (mutual relations between Muslims and business transactions) in the life of every Muslim and in every field in which the Muslim traverses, is called the manhaj.
As for aqeedah, then what is intended by it, is the foundation of iman (what the Muslim believes in like; Allah, the Angels, the Books, the Prophets, the Last Day and Qadar: six pillars of iman) and the meaning of the shahadatain (the testification that none has the right to be worshipped (in truth) expect Allah and Mohammed is his slave and messenger) and that which it comprises of and this is what is meant by aqeedah.” Ref: Ajweebatul Mufeedah Anil As’ilati Al-Manaahij Al-Jadeedah pg.75
Is Opposing The Manhaj (The Methodology) Of The Salaf (i.e. The Salafi Manhaj) A Reason For Disunity Among The Muslims?
Shaykh Al-Fawzaan said, “The reasons for disunity are many. From amongst the main causes are: Firstly, opposing the manhaj of the Salaf(*), the Companions of Allaah’s Messenger and those who follow them.
So the Salaf had a manhaj that they adhered to; a manhaj in aqeedah, a manhaj in dawah, a manhaj in enjoining good and forbidding evil, a manhaj in how to judge between people. This manhaj, in all situations, was based upon the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of our Messenger.” Ref: Wujoob ut-Tathabbut fil-Akhbaaar p.18
Is A Muslims Entry Into Paradise Or Hell Dependent Upon The Correctness Of Theirr Manhaj (Methodology)?
Shaykh Al-Fawzaan said, “When a persons manhaj is correct he will be in Paradise. So if he is upon the manhaj of the Messenger and the manhaj of the Salaf us-Saalih (rigtheous predecessors), he will become one of the inhabitants of Paradise by Allahs permission. And when he travels upon the manhaj of the misguided strayers (ahlu bidah), he is threatened with the Hellfire.” Ref: Al-Ajwibah al-Mufidah p.77
* What Is The Meaning Of ‘Manhaj Of The Salaf As-Saalih’?
Shaykh Uthaymeen said, “The meaning of ‘Manhaj’ of the Salaf As-Saalih (the righteous redecessors) refers to following their way in aqeedah, worship and interacting with others. It is therefore a comprehensive term.
It is possible for us to rule on every specific issue that it is in compliance with the way of the Salaf or in contradiction to the way of the Salaf.
However the ‘manhaj’ of the Salaf is their way in worship, dealing with others, good manners (and aqeedah) etc..
The sign of the one who follows the ‘Manhaj of the Salaf’ is that he assumes their good manners; he lives according to their actions in the matters relating to the religion as well as worldly matters.
Whoever wants to remain safe then let him follow their righteous way.” Ref: At-Tamassak bis-Sunnah An-Nabawiyyah
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