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Assalamu alaikum. I saw a lecture of a prominent scholar in which he said that when in an argument, if the other person presents a Hadeeth, one must stop the argument and let it go, even if he knows that Hadeeth is of the wrong context here. He said that Allah ordered us in the Quran not to raise our voice against the voice of Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam), and that's why when a Hadeeth is presented, we (the non-scholars) have to stop the argument. The respected scholar also gave an example that he was once praying in the mosque and one brother (follower of a different madhab) criticized his praying style and presented a Hadeeth about that. Clearly the brother was not familiar with the difference of opinions, but the scholar just agreed with the brother and apologized because he prayed in a 'wrong' way. Did he do the right thing here by not correcting that brother? My question is, if someone presents a Hadeeth about something, and I know that the Hadeeth does not apply here, should I just leave that brother with his ignorance and say nothing? Is it really a proper way of showing respect to Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam)? After all, I am not arguing with Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam), but I am arguing with someone else who is using his words in a wrong context. Can you please clarify a bit about this issue? Jazakallah khair. May Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala bless you for your kind effort of spreading the knowledge.

الجواب حامداومصليا

It is always necessary for every Muslim to resepct the Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alaihe Wa Sallam and just as it is necessary to respect him and it is also necessary to respect the Hadith of the Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alaihe Wa Sallam.

In arguments, there is little to no benefit. If one realizes that by advancing the argument there will be no benefit then one should shun the argument. However, if one realizes that in advancing the argument there is some productivity and there is some real benefit then there is no harm in commenting on the Hadith and presenting one's own Fiqhi position based on the same or another Hadith.

And Allah knows best.

Mufti Ikram ul Haq

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