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Misquoting Islam

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Misquoting Islam

Question: What do I have to do if I mistakenly quote Islam on something?

Answer:

Wa alaykum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

Dear questioner,

Thank you for your important question.

All of us are ignorant, and all of us make mistakes. That said, truth is something august indeed, and religious truth is even more august.

Because of this, if we misquote Islam, such as quoting a hadith that is not a hadith or explaining something to do with the Sacred Law that is not accurate, we must make amends by correcting this misinformation. (Tashnif al Masami, Zarkashi; Rawdat al Talibin, Nawawi)

Now, if you are confident that the person you informed never believed you to begin with, or that given the situation, it is clear that others correcting the misunderstanding for you, then you do not have to reach out to them.

I pray this helps.

[Ustadh] Farid

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

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