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Benefit: The People of Desires Either Distort or Negate the Aḥādīth That Oppose Them

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Shaykh Muḥammad ibn Ṣāliḥ al-ʿUthaymīn (raḥimahullāh) mentioned: Know that the position of the people of innovation and desires with regards to the Aḥadīth that oppose their desires fall under two circumstances: they either negate the Ḥadīth or they distort [its meaning].

If they are able to negate the Ḥadīth then they do so, like their false principle, that the āḥād Ḥadīth [singular narrations] pertaining to ʿaqīdah are not accepted. Ibn al-Qayyim (raḥimahullāh) has refuted this futile principle with many pieces of evidence in the latter part of [his book titled] Mukhtaṣar al-Ṣawāʿiq. And likewise, If they are not able to negate it, they distort it, like they distort the texts of the Qurʾān.

Translator's note: The Shaykh alludes to the example of the Qurʾān because the people of innovation and desires cannot falsify the Qurʾān, so they distort its meanings to suit their desires.

Source: Sharḥ al-ʿAqīdah al-Wāsaṭiyyah
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī

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