You can literally watch Muslims going forth and back in endless debates about the permissibility of listening to music, shaking hands of non-mehram, taking or giving interest, taking pictures, participating in lotteries and the list goes on and on and on.
For you and me all these things might be clearly outside of the boundaries of Islam, but there actually exist Ulama (Islamic scholars) today holding accentric views and as well expressing them through fatawas (Islamic rulings). I think the remedy for this mess can be put in a single sentence:
“The way of taqwa is avoiding differences of opinion and going with the safer opinion.”
Alhamdulillah, that I found this posted by brother Omar in the comments section of another Blog. Because this is the whole point of this post and I couldn’t have said it better myself.
Sure, our eternally blessed Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, “Ikhtilaf in my Ummah is a Rahmah for people.” But of course he wasn’t talking about differences like the above mentioned, he was talking about differences that even existed between the Sahabah (radiyallahu anhum ajma’een), which were purely based on Ilm (knowledge).
But most of todays so called “Ikhtilafs” are created because of the ignorance of a few, who want to reform Islam to their likings just to avoid their reformation to Islam’s liking. Ikhtilaf-e-Ilm most of the times doesn’t even concentrate on the Haram or Halal question in my opinion.
Allahu ‘Alam (Allah knows better)