Doubts and Confusion about the Correct Creed
Fatwa No: 386740

  • Fatwa Date:20-11-2018 - Rabee' Al-Awwal 12, 1440
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Question

I am really scared of dying in a state of bidah. This scare effects me intensive so that I sometimes cant sleep and that it makes my stomach upset. I fear that the aqidah I learned from you and which is totally justified from the sunnah can be wrong because of faults from people like you and me. Sometimes I get the fealing that my heart is more calmed when I would accept the sufi way. Because what can we do more then reading the hadith and try to find the truth by our one brains? How can we know that we are one the path of sunnah? I am really afraid that some groups which are not ahlu sunnah wal jamaat who make takfir on your aqidah are on the truth.The argument of thinking so is that their group is bigger and sometimes I have the doubts that the salafi scholars dont have noor in their faces. What can I do to have a consent heart and living happily, because in this state I am really afraid of dying because there is the fear that I will die as a Kafir and I am really really afraid of it because how could I stand being in hell forever? What can I do more than trying to find the truth way by my own thoughts?Please answer me and help me and dont say "he is a person with waswasah, we cant help him, the only way out of this is for him to ignore his doubts". Thank you

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

The treatment for this fear is to think good of Allah Almighty and to know that He is Most Merciful to His servants, Most Gracious, and Most generous.

You should strive in supplicating Him earnestly and sincerity to guide you to the Straight Path.

You should know that the true belief is absolutely the one upon which the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) and his Companions were.

We do not believe that we are infallible; we are humans who make mistakes (commit sins) and do righteous deeds.

However, the principles of ‘Aqeedah (faith, belief) were thoroughly and meticulously illustrated by the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) in a manner that did not leave any room for any criticisms or condemnations.

Whoever looks for them will find them in the Quran and the Sunnah. Besides, the pieces of evidence on its authenticity (and truthfulness) are clear and straightforward for whoever ponders on them.

So, you should do your best in learning this ‘Aqeedah while having a firm belief that it is the only way for salvation.

The characteristics of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah is that they do not provide evidence for their beliefs except with the Quran and the authentic Hadeeth, whereas others provide evidence of their whims and desires, or with Islamic theology, as is the case of the deviant sects. So you should act according to the Book of Allah and Sunnah of the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) and take this as your methodology, and you will never be misguided if you seek guidance from them.

Therefore, seek the truth with sincerity while thinking good of Allah. If you do so, you will never be disappointed.

We ask Allah to make us hold fast to His Book and the Sunnah of His Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) until we meet Him.

As regards your claim that other groups or sects are more numerous and greater in number than the Ahlus-Sunnah, then this is not true.

The creed of the majority of Muslims is mostly sound and in concordance with the Fitrah (the natural predisposition upon which Allah created mankind). If we presume that the matter is as you mentioned, then a small number or a greater number is not the correct balance for the truth.

The real balance is to be in concordance with the Book of Allah and the Sunnah.

As long as you have learned the evidence of that creed from the Sunnah, and you have known that it is completely justifiable, as you mentioned, then repel the whispers of the devil and the doubts which he casts in your heart.

You should be reassured, have peace of mind, and think good of Allah.

You should know that Allah has forgiven this nation the sins that they do by mistake. If you followed a trustworthy scholar in a view that is not correct, then you are excused in the sight of Allah.

May Allah guide us to do whatever He likes and is pleased with.

For more benefit, please refer to Fataawa 33503, 2496, 22613, 40747, 351652.

Allah knows best.

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