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Clarifying the Truth

August 12, 2011

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Taken from the work of Imām ‘Abdur-Raḥmān as-S’adī 1

Bismillāh: During the month ofRamaḍān, all of us have been reading more of the Qurān, pondering over its verses and possibly memorizing them as well. Recently, I read a verse in Sūrah al-Baqarah that clarified a principle which The People of the Sunnah (Ahlus-Sunnah) must implement in their methodology (manhaj). That principle is speaking the truth.

The verse, which I read, that elucidates this principle is the statement of Allāh, The Most High: “Do not mix truth with falsehood, and do not conceal the truth whilst you are aware of it.” [Sūrah al-Baqarah (2): 42]

Imām as-Sʼadī [d.1376 AH], may Allāh shower him with mercy, explained this verse by saying:

“[In this verse], Allāh, The Most High, has prohibited the [Jews and the Christians] (Ahlul Kitāb) from two things: Mixing the truth with falsehood and concealing the truth [altogether]. This prohibition is mentioned because what is expected from those who have study religious books is that they clarify truth from falsehood.

“They clarify the truth so that those who are seeking to be guided will be guided. They clarify the truth so that those who have deviated [from the straight path] are able to return to it. They clarify the truth so that proofs are established against those who are severely stubborn. They clarify the truth so that truth will be known from falsehood. And they clarify the truth so that the behavior of those whom have been guided will be distinct from the behavior of those who are criminals.

“So, those scholars, [students and callers to Allāh] who do not mix truth with falsehood and clarify the truth, they are successors of the Messengers who have previously led all nations. “[And on the other hand], those scholars, [students and callers to Allāh]

who knowingly mix the truth with falsehood, do not differentiate between the two, and conceal the truth that they have been ordered to make clear, they are callers to the Hellfire. The are callers to the fire because people adherently follow them in the affairs of religion. So, make a choice [to be either a caller to the truth or a caller to the Hellfire]”2

I ask Allāh, The Most High, to give us the strength, the courage and the wisdom needed to speak the truth, just as I ask Him to prevent us from being those who mix the truth with falsehood or from those who conceal the truth altogether. Indeed, Allāh, The All Able, hears us and is able to answer our supplications.

1 Imām ʻAbdur-Raḥmān as-Sʼadī [d 1376 AH) was a well versed scholar from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. His explanation of the Qurān is known for its correctness in creed.
2 See Taysīr al-Karīm ar-Raḥmān (al-Luwahiqʼs verification), pg. 36.

Translated by: Jamīl Finch • Makkah, K.S.A • Ramaḍān 16, 1431 / August 26, 2010


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