Sharee`ah gathers between strictness and leniency, each in its proper place

Conclusion: The Sharee`ah (Islaamic law) advises leniency in its proper place and also advises strictness in its proper place. Thus, the Muslims should not ignore that or be lenient when should be strict or vice-versa. Besides, they should not claim that the Sharee`ah acknowledges leniency only or strictness only, for it is a wise code of law that is suitable for every place and time and is capable of reforming the whole Ummah (nation based on one creed). That is why it uses both leniency and strictness. It is marked for justice, wisdom, and tolerance. Hence, it is a tolerant Sharee`ah in its rulings and it does not burden anyone beyond his scope. It is also tolerant, because it begins by calling people with leniency, wisdom and clemency; but when this does not influence people and they overstep the limits and tyrannize, it powerfully and harshly restricts them and treats them in a way that deters them and that enlightens them about their wrongdoings.

Whoever meditates on the biography of the Prophet (peace be upon him), the Rightly-guided Caliphs, his well-pleased Companions, and the succeeding Imams of guidance would perceive the correctness of what we are saying.

Texts that order leniency in its proper place

Among the Aayaat (Qur’aanic verses) revealed on leniency, Allaah (Exalted be He) says: And by the Mercy of Allaah, you dealt with them gently. And had you been severe and harsh-hearted, they would have broken away from about you; so pass over (their faults), and ask (Allaah’s) Forgiveness for them; and consult them in the affairs. 

Allaah (Exalted be He) says regarding the story of Moosaa (Moses) and Haaroon when He sent them to Pharaoh: “And speak to him mildly, perhaps he may accept admonition or fear (Allaah).”

Allaah (Exalted be He) also says: Invite (mankind, O Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم) to the Way of your Lord (i.e. Islaam) with wisdom (i.e. with the Divine Revelation and the Qur’aan) and fair preaching, and argue with them in a way that is better.

Texts that order strictness in its proper place

On the other hand, the Aayaat quoted above also include reference to strictness… read more here.

Clarification on the perfection of Sharee`ah without any excess or deficiency

In the Name of Allaah, the All-Merciful, the Ever-Merciful

All praise be to Allaah, and peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allaah, his family and Companions. To proceed:

I have perused the article published in Al-Bilad magazine, issue no. (1909), dated 12 Muharram, 1385 A.H. Entitled, “Beware of Immoderation”.

Unjustified Accusation

I found that the writer (may Allaah pardon him) thought ill of the volunteering people managing Da`wah (the call to the Way of Allaah), enjoining good and forbidding evil.

He accused them of being deceived, extremists, and opponents to new matters, and mistakenly hurled other accusations at them.

Thus, I deemed it necessary to point out, in this comment, the serious mistakes in the published article to advise the writer and the whole Ummah and defend our fellow brothers against accusations of which, we are quite sure, they are innocent. It also implies an attempt to urge the writer and other writers to make sure of what they say, observe moderation in judging (others), and guard themselves against baseless mistrust.

Here is a detailed elaboration on the mistakes committed by the writer in the article mentioned above. Such mistakes should be highlighted while the one who claims them should be condemned. Hence, seeking the Help of Allaah and depending on Him – as there is no might or power except with Him – we present the following argument:

Showing that Sharee`ah is perfectly moderate

As for what the writer mentioned about the disadvantages of immoderation and excessiveness, it is quite right... read more here.