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The View Of Ahlus Sunnah & The Murji’ah Regarding Iman (Faith) Increasing & Decreasing

The View Of Ahlus Sunnah & The Murji’ah Regarding Iman (Faith) Increasing & Decreasing

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Published by: Abdul Kareem Ibn Ozzie on Jul 27, 2011
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Taken From Ahlu Sunnah WalJamaah.ComThe View Of Ahlus Sunnah& The Murji’ah RegardingIman (Faith) Increasing &DecreasingBy Abdul Kareem IbnOzzie
This article has been written in order to refute the Murji’ah creed and because Ahlus Sunnah of today (the Salafis) are accused by somegroups of Muslims as being the Neo Murjiah (the Murji’ah of thisera).Therefore this article should inshallah help to provide evidence that Ahlus Sunnah of today are free from the Murji’ah creed and opposedto it inshallah.The Murji’ah (are a deviated sect that appeared during the era of thetaabieen (this was mentioned by Shaykh Uthaymeen in hisintroduction to his explanation of Aqeedah al Wasitiyyah), they lattersplit into many sub sects.The Murji’ah deviated in their understanding of iman (faith), they (every sect of the Murji’ah)
assert that iman does notincrease with good actions and it does not decrease with sins.This means the Murji’ah claim that the abandonment of obligatory duties (like the five daily prayers, zakat and fasting in the month of Ramadan etc), doing forbidden actions does not decrease iman nordoes it harm it (i.e. the doer still has perfect complete iman) anddoing good actions whether obligatory or recommended do notincrease a persons iman.This has lead the Murji’ah to believe that Muslims do not vary inregards to their iman so in their opinion all Muslims have equal iman which is complete and perfect as sin nor good deeds affect any Muslims iman.So the Murji’ah hold the prophet Mohammed has the same iman as aMuslim person who repeatedly does major sins in private and inpublic. What a shocking observed believe which came about becausethe Murji’ah hold iman does not increase with good actions and itdoes not decrease with sins.
 Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaah
believe, that iman doesincrease with good actions and it does decrease with sins thus allMuslims differ in their iman, based on how many good actions they do and how many sinful actions they stay away from or repent from.Below are some verses from the Quran which prove iman can increaseor decrease.
 Allah says, “He it is Who has sent down tranquility intothe hearts of the believers so that they may increase in Iman.” {Al-Fath: 4} Allah says, “And when His verses are recited to them it increases them in Iman.” {Al-Anfâl: 2} Allah says, “…some of them (hypocrites) say, “Which of you has had his Iman increased by it?” As for those whobelieve it has increased their Iman and they rejoice.”{At-Tawbah: 124}
Imam Al-Lalika’i
has narrated with an authentic chain from
 who said:
I met more than one thousand men from thescholars of al-Amsar and I did not see anyone from amongst themdiffer regarding Iman…that it increases (with good actions) anddecreases (with sinful actions).” Sharh Usul I’tiqad Ahlus-Sunnah wa’l-Jama’ah by Abu Qasim al-Lalika’i (5/889) and this is as Ibn Hajrhas mentioned it in Fath ul-Bari (5/889) with this meaning.
Imam Al Barbahari
said "and whoever says ‘Iman is saying (of thetongue) and action (of the limbs and the heart), increases (with goodactions) and decreases (with sinful actions)’ he has departed fromIrjaa' altogether, top to bottom" Sharh Al Sunnah, page 123, No. 161
Imam Abu ‘Amr bin ‘Abdul Barr
stated in at-Tamhid: “Thepeople of Fiqh and Hadeeth are united upon the fact that…Iman

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