Verses and Hadeeth that Cause People Confusion.
By Muhammad ibn Ibraheem Al-Shaykh (may Allah have mercy on him)
Question: The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said,” Verily I would burn their homes…”, and he (peace and blessings be upon him) also said,” No one uses the fire for a punishment, except the creator of the fire.” How do we merge both meanings of these hadeeth together?
Answer: It’s permissible to fine or use punitive measures against a person. This hadeeth doesn’t mean that he intended to burn the people inside their homes. Sometimes a house burns down while people are inside:and at times houses burn to the ground while no one is harmed. Had the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him said,” I would have burned them.”, then this would require a detail study to merge both meanings for those ahadeeth.
Taken from Fatawa wa Ras’il Ash-shaykh Muhammad ibn Ibrahim vol 2 page 280
Translated by Abu Aaliyah Abdullah ibn Dwight Battle
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