Q: How do we respond to the foolish and stupid statements of fellow laymen when they comment on Deeni matters wherein they utter completely incorrect things? Like those who comment on the Qur’an Sharaeef, Ahadith, Masaa’il and the Auliya with their own concocted reasoning and personal thoughts. Not salafi’s etc., but just fellow faasiq lay people who act as Deeni experts. Many a time, one is not in a position to reason with them, or there is the fear they will utter even worse commentaries on the Shari’a. When these people utter their statements of personal, clear-cut haraam, reasoning, can we respond by saying ‘Ok’ – maybe it is a neutral statement (I do not know)? Or will Allah Ta’ala punish us for not arguing the Haq despite these people being stubborn with their commentaries on Deen?
A: If you have the knowledge and the right understanding then you should correct the person, but if you do not have the right answers and you do not know how to answer him then at least move away. Condoning it in any way is not at all right. Condoning means that you are supporting the baatil, whether it is by gesture or through a statement.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.