"Do not think anything but good about the spoken word by your believing brother when there is a way to interpret it in a good manner."
In the days after the fatwa issued by the Perak Mufti on the poco-poco dance, I note many reactions from Malaysians, some expressed sadness, some expressed displeasure, some expressed surprise, some say that it should be clarified by JAKIM, some Islamic scholar say that the dance is alright, however there are some Malaysians who has a tendency to make fun of the ruling and by extension the religion of Islam without first understanding the reasons behind the fatwa.
I find an interesting article from a blog that I have been following to share with like minded readers which is relevant with the the above issue:
"In the Name of Allah; Most-Merciful, Most-Compassionate.
Dr. Ali Sallabi wrote: Some young people have resorted to bad conduct, namely seeking out the faults and mistakes of the scholars, looking for some odd views they may have, and misinterpreting their words in a way that is different from what they intended. They did that to justify their senseless campaign, the aim of which is to undermine scholars, both classical and contemporary, whose views differ from theirs and who do not approve of their way of thinking, which is not the way of moderation. This action of theirs has caused a great deal of harm to Islam and a great deal of joy to the enemies of Islam"
About this ibn Taymiyyah (may Allah have mercy upon him) said: "No one should narrate such weak opinions from any of the imams of the Muslims, whether they be by way of condemning him or by way of following him in this view. That is a kind of undermining of the imams and seeking to follow weak views. By following this method, the ruling official of the Tatars created turmoil among the Sunnis, so that he could lead them to leave ahl al Sunnah wa al Jama'ah altogether."
Furthermore, Umar ibn al Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him) said: "Do not think anything but good about the spoken word by your believing brother when there is a way to interpret it in a good manner."
May Allah guide us all." Source here.
The above is for my Friday reflections actually.