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What is the view on Amr ibn al As (RA) about the way he mediated with Al Ashari (RA) in the dispute between Muawiayh(RA) and Ali (RA). What do we say about Amr bn al As (RA)? Surely we can't say he was decietful or sinful, afterall he was a sahabi and rendered Islam much service, may Allah be pleased with him!
21-10-2004, 11:58 PM
The position of Sunni Islam is that the differences and disputes that took place between the Companions during their period of disagreement do not allow us to censure them nor to speak ill of them. This applies to both Sayyiduna Ali and Sayyiduna Mu`awiya (Allah be pleased with them both), and those who followed either of them. Even worse is to deem any of them to be misguided or (God forbid) a disbeliever—except those whose apostasy was legally established.
What is entailed by having good opinion of the Noble Companions of the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) is that if they sinned they hastened to repentance; and that through the blessing of their having been with the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) they were honoured by death on Islam and in the best of states.
...Our duty is to be silent regarding the dispute between the Companions (Allah be pleased with them), and to have a good opinion of them all. In fact, Imam Ghazali (Allah be pleased with him) counted careless talk (khawd) about these matters to be from careless sinful talk (khawd fi al-batil) and sinful, as mentioned in his Ihya’.
Allah knows best.
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