Fanaticism is not a characteristic of the true faith
Fanaticism is not
a characteristic of the true faith
It is not fitting for Muslims, the bearers of truth and knowledge to the world, to fall victim to the disease of blindly following traditions, for which Allah criticized the nations:
“And when it is said to them, ‘Follow what Allah has revealed,’ they say, "Rather we follow what we found our fathers doing.’ Even though their fathers were understanding nothing, nor they were guided right?” (2:170)
And in another verse, “And when it is said to them, "Come to what Allah has sent down and to the Messenger, they say, “It is enough for us what we found our forefathers doing.” What! Even though their forefathers knew nothing nor were they guided.” (5:104)
This is not a thing that one should find among the nation that was brought out of humanity by truth, guidance and light. We should not find among them people who say to the Imams of the madh-habs, “We hear and we obey,” and to the Qur’an and the sunnah, “We hear and we disobey.” Ibn Abbas denounced people who opposed the sunnah quoting support from Abu Bakr and Omar saying, “Would that stones fell upon you from Heaven! I tell you what Allah says and what the Prophet says, and you tell me, ‘Abu Bakr says and Omar says!’”
Did not Abu Bakr himself say, “Obey me so long as I obey Allah among you, and if I disobey Him, then you must not obey.”(65) This is sufficient to demonstrate that they were searching for the truth and for the sunnah.
(65) See book Albidayah Wannihayah V. 5 P. 248.