The Meaning of the Phrase, ‘Something Emphatically/Unequivocally Known to be Part of the Religion [المعلوم من الدين بالضرورة]’

February 12, 2014 § 2 Comments

Questioner: What does, ‘Something emphatically/unequivocally known to be part of the religion [المعلوم من الدين بالضرورة],’ mean, we hear this phrase a lot? And is it something established in all times and ages or does it differ according to the time and place?

Al-Fawzaan: That which is, ‘emphatically established in the religion [المعلوم من الدين بالضرورة],’ is something which is established by unequivocal proof, either by being unanimously reported [tawaatur] or through the Ummah’s unequivocal consensus, and the one who denies it is regarded as a disbeliever.

For example, the obligation of the five prayers, zakaah, fasting, Hajj, the pillars of Islaam, likewise the forbiddance of alcohol, interest, fornication, and [conversely] those things which are permissible and whose permissibility is emphatically/unequivocally known in Islaam, like [eating] grazing livestock that has been Islamically slaughtered, or bread and things like that.

Whoever denies something whose ruling of permissibility or impermissibility is emphatically established in Islaam is regarded as a disbeliever in Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, an apostate from Islaam.

And such things are constant in all times until the Hour is established, because the rulings of the religion are permanent, fixed and abiding, from the time Allaah sent Muhammad ﷺ to the establishment of the Hour, they do not alter or change.

Al-Muntaqaa min Fataawaa Fadeelatis-Shaikh Saalih ibn Fawzaan ibn ’Abdillaah al-Fawzaan, vol. 3, p. 388.

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