There is similitude between someone who legalises protests against the authorities and someone who legalises the consumption of intoxicants, the committing of zinaa, the eating of ribaa etc under the pretext that some companions and Taabiun committed zinaa or took ribaa or took intoxicants. Such a person may not feel ashamed to use such instances as evidences despite clear evidences from the Quran and Sunnah that prohibit those acts and despite the fact that some of the companions who committed these acts did so before their knowledge of their prohibition and those that did them after their knowledge of the prohibition got the necessary punishments as contained in books of ahadith and aathaar.
Hence, can any serious Muslim say those acts and many others that are prohibited in Islam are matters of difference of opinion because we have had in history that some companions did them? Or what is expected of any serious Muslim is to stick to the Quran and Sunnah on those matters.
Similarly, there are ahadith and aathaar of the Prophet,sallaa Allahu alayhi wa sallama, and the senior companions which abound in Sahih Al-Bukhari and Sahih Muslim and also in the Sunan and the Masaaneed warning us against abusing inciting and revolting against the authorities.
Sumarrily, the question now is, will a serious Muslim stick to those ahadith and aathaar or violate them and use the errors of some individuals either among the companions and Taabiun to justify his call to protests despite the fact that most of these people ,such as our mother Aishah, regretted their actions despite their good intentions. Our mother Aishah would cry whenever she remembered the incident of Jamal. More so the evil effects of protests against the authorities are noticeably conspicuous, yet some duaat who are enemies of the Ummah are still encouraging that.
How can a serious Muslim use what the doer had already regretted and felt bad about its evil consequences as an evidence for his own misguided way!! Wallahi, this is laughable.
In addition, some of the aathaar used by these ignoramuses are not authentic or are misinterpreted.
Allah’s aid is sought.
Written By: Sheikh ‘AbdulGaniy Juma’h, Hafidhahullah.