Hadith on Excess: Nitpicking, extremism ruinous to religion

Abdullah ibn Mas’ud reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The hairsplitters have been ruined.” The Prophet said it three times.

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2670

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Muslim

Ibn Rajab said, “The hairsplitter is one who digs deeply into what does not concern him. This persists in one who depend upon the literal wording and denies other meanings and analogies, such as the literalists.”

Source: Jāmiʻ al-ʻUlūm wal-Ḥikam 30

 

عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ هَلَكَ الْمُتَنَطِّعُونَ قَالَهَا ثَلَاثًا

2670 صحيح مسلم كِتَاب الْعِلْمِ بَاب هَلَكَ الْمُتَنَطِّعُونَ

وقال ابن رجب وَالْمُتَنَطِّعُ هُوَ الْمُتَعَمِّقُ الْبَحَّاثُ عَمَّا لَا يَعْنِيهِ وَهَذَا قَدْ يَتَمَسَّكُ بِهِ مَنْ يَتَعَلَّقُ بِظَاهِرِ اللَّفْظِ وَيَنْفِي الْمَعَانِيَ وَالْقِيَاسَ كَالظَّاهِرِيَّةِ

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