Reading Text: Fatwa - Taqwa


We may base our deeds on taqwa and act in accordance with taqwa in our personal lives and individual preferences. However, we cannot force others to do so. We find it sufficient for others to act in accordance with fatwa. 




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While Imam A’zam was going to mosque one day, a small amount of blurred water from the puddle next to the road splattered on him. He rushed to the fountain, cleaned the mud thoroughly and then went to the mosque.   



Those who saw that he rushed with excitement in order to wash the muddy water asked him:



– O Imam, you had said the najsah that splattered on the clothes would not invalidate the prayer unless it covered an area as large as the palm of the hand. However, let alone najasah, you did not go to the mosque before washing the muddy water on your clothes, which is regarded as clean religiously. Why?



Imam A’zam answered as follows:



– What you say is right. I tell others to act in accordance with fatwa but I always prefer acting in accordance with taqwa. In terms of fatwa, najasah ghalizah that splatters on the clothes does not invalidate the prayer unless it covers an area as large as the palm of the hand. However, since I act in accordance with taqwa, I want to perform prayers with spotlessly clean clothes although what splatters on my clothes is not najasah but muddy water, which is regarded as clean religiously. That is what I prefer individually.” (Ahmed Şahin, Hayatın Gerçekleri ve Biz’den)

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