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20 June 2019 CE | 17 Shawwal 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

Misled by Debaters after Guidance

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “After receiving guidance no community went astray and did not deviate from the path it was following, except when debaters turned them away from it.” [Tirmidhi]

On account of their tongues, debaters do not stay within limits. They keep talking, feeling conceited and strutting along. For this group, the import of their words is of primary importance, while truth takes second place. They are responsible for their own misguidance as well as the misguidance of their victims.

Such debaters may be among our families, colleagues or friends. They are very prevalent on mass media, on T.V., radio, in the print media and “scholarly” circles. Their slickness makes many people slip.

Each person should take care to avoid the gatherings and spell-casting talk of such people. We need to be very vigilant because, while they will shoulder blame for misguiding us, we will still be punished for allowing ourselves to be misguided by them.

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