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#1 [Permalink] Posted on 7th March 2020 21:31
This is a serious question and not an attempt at sowing discord or anything else. I am very new to Islam.

Is there something in our religion, that I'm not aware of, that encourages narrow mindedness and discourages other opinions?
Or, is it more along the lines of a person who is a Muslim, being narrow minded?

I have seen many examples of this throughout the forums, so I'm wondering.
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#2 [Permalink] Posted on 8th March 2020 00:47
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A rhetorical question

So, is your question based on an Islamic topic or non Islamic?
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#3 [Permalink] Posted on 8th March 2020 01:00
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Actually a little of both but mainly on non religious matters. Even certain scholars can't agree on some aspects of the religion, yet they don't claim that they are the only one who can be correct.

If it's simply a case that there are people who are narrow minded and are also Muslims, I would expect that.
I'm asking if there's something about our religion that discourages people having other opinions.
Something I may not be aware of.
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#4 [Permalink] Posted on 8th March 2020 01:09
If its non religious, don't stress. One may think the other is narrow minded whilst the other will think the same!

Difference of opinion is always going to be there, yet we are still brothers and sisters.

أصحابي كالنجوم بأيهم اقتديتم اهتديتم

“My Companions are like the stars, whichever of them you follow you will be rightly guided”
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#5 [Permalink] Posted on 8th March 2020 01:23
There is absolutely nothing in Islam that encourages narrow mindedness and discourages other opinions, in fact it is the opposite. But there are conditions such as staying within the established confines of the deen and not having an opinion based on ignorance.
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#6 [Permalink] Posted on 8th March 2020 06:04
Depends on how you define narrow-mindedness and what you mean by "other opinions".
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#7 [Permalink] Posted on 8th March 2020 07:14

I (Maualan Yusuf Ludhiyanvi RA) had mentioned at the offset that the ‘ideological differences’ (Nazaryaati Ikhtilaaf) of the Ummat is without doubt a Fitnah. But, ‘Ijtihaadi Ikhtilaaf’ (the difference regarding interpretations of legal points), is not only inevitable and natural, in fact, it is a source of mercy for this Ummat. This will be so on this condition that no intensity is attached to it, thereby making it a source of trouble.
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#8 [Permalink] Posted on 8th March 2020 07:16


Discussions and debates hamper the ability of a person to carry out (good) actions. It is reported in Musnad-e-Ahmad, Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah and Mustadrak Haakim that Rasulullaah (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam) said:
“That nation is not led astray after the guidance has been brought to them, except when they are given to arguments.”
Hence no good abodes for that nation that indulges in arguments and debates.
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