The Difference between Aqeedah and Manhaj

The Difference between Aqeedah and Manhaj

By the noble Shaykh Ubayd al Jabari

Translated by
Abbas Abu Yahya
Shaykh Ubayd al Jabari was asked is there a difference between Aqeedah and Manhaj?

The Answer:
‘The Aqeedah is that which is obligatory upon a person to believe in about Allaah Azza wa Jal, and also that which came from Allaah, and what His Messengers came with.
The pillar of Aqeedah and its summary is:
The Principles of Eemaan are six, which are:
Having Eemaan (certain belief) in Allaah, His Angels, His Books, His Messengers, the day of Judgement and Eemaan in Qadr (pre-destiny) the good of it and the bad of it.

Then after that,  also what follows on from  these principles of what is obligatory upon a Muslim to believe in, that it is the truth and sincerity.

Also, to believe in the matters of  the unseen, like the occurrence of Fitn (trials and tribulations) which the Prophet -SallAllaahu alayhi wa Salam informed us about or the matters of the Prophets and Messengers of the past, whether that is from the Book of Allaah or the Sunnah.
Believing in the states of Barzakh, from blessings of the grave and its punishment, and what will happen on the Day of Judgement from the presence of the lake, the scales, the bridge as well as other matters.

As for Manhaj then it is establishing the principles of the Deen and its branches.  Manhaj is the path which a person establishes the principles of the Deen and its branches. If this path is in agreement with the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah and the way of the Salaf as-Salih then it is the Manhaj ul Haqq (the true methodology), but if it is in opposition to that then it is an evil methodology.
Islaam is harmonised between the correct belief and a correct and secure Manhaj, therefore one cannot be separated from the other.

So whosoever’s Manhaj is corrupted then know, that this springs from his evil beliefs and if the Aqeedah is established correctly, then the Manhaj will also be upright.
The Manhaj of the Khawarij was corrupt due to the corruption of their Aqeedah, because they believed that it was permissible to take the blood of the people who committed major sins, they permitted killing and fighting the people. They also allowed rebelling against the sinful evil rulers, and they made it permissible to take their wealth and their blood and this is why some people of knowledge said that the Khawarij were disbelievers.’

[Taken from the tape: ‘al-Edaah wal Bayaan fee kashf Ba’ad Taraiq Firqat Ikhwaan’]

 

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سئل العلامة الشيخ عبيد الجابري حفظه الله هناك فرق بين العقيدة والمنهج ؟

جواب:-
العقيدة هي ما يجب على المرء اعتقاده في الله عز وجل ، وفي ما جاء من عنده ، وما جاءت به رسله .وعمود ذلك وملخصه :
أركان الإيمان الستة التي هي : الإيمان بالله وملائكته وكتبه ورسله واليوم الآخر والإيمان بالقدر خيره وشره ، ثم ما يتبع ذلك مما يجب على المسلم اعتقاده ، وأنه حق وصدق ، من أخبار الغيب كحدوث الفتن التي أخبر النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم ، أو كأخبار من مضى من النبيين والمرسلين سواء ما كان منها في الكتاب أو السنة ، وأحوال البرزخ من نعيم القبر وعذابه ، وما يجري في القيامة الكبرى من نصب الحوض والميزان والصراط وغير ذلك .
وأما المنهج فهو : تقرير أصول الدين وفروعه .
المنهج هو الطريق الذي يقرر به المرء أصول الدين وفروعه ، فإن كان هذا الطريق موافقاً للكتاب والسنة وسيرة السلف الصالح فهو منهج حق ، وإن كان مخالفاً لذلك فهو منهج فاسد ، والإسلام مؤلف من هذين : صحة المعتقد وسلامة المنهج وسداده ، فلا ينفك أحدهما عن الآخر ، فمن فسد منهجه فثقوا أن هذا نابع من فساد عقيدته ، فإذا استقامت العقيدة على الوجه الصحيح ، استقام لكذلك المنهج . فالخوارج فسد منهجهم لفساد عقيدتهم ، لأنهم اعتقدوا استحلال دماء أهل الكبائر ، فسوغوا قتلهم وقتالهم ، والخروج على الحكام العصاة الفساق ، واستحلوا الأموال والدماء ، ولهذا قال من قال من أهل العلم بأنهم كفار . اهـ

المرجع [ شريط الإيضاح والبيان في كشف بعض طرائق فرقة الإخوان، الوجه الأول تسجيلات ابن رجب السلفية ]

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