Imam Zaid Shakir answers the questions of a “Salafi” brother who was hounding him recently to “qualify his position”.
The questions are:
Q: What do you say about Ibn Taymiyya?
Q: What does Tariqa mean?
Q: What is your position of the Hadith of the Seventy-three sects?
Q: What do you say about the Ash?aris?
Imam Zaid writes:
“Recently, while attending a gathering of Muslims that was otherwise characterized by brotherly love and goodwill, I was hounded by a ?Salafi? who angrily demanded that I answer his questions, to ?qualify my position.? To me this was a sad and pathetic episode. I am not one to get caught up in what is usually a counterproductive endeavor, because it likely leads to a series of bitter responses and refutations, and wastes valuable time a Muslim should be spending to do righteous deeds for the benefit of his or her soul. However, having promised to answer the brother, I will briefly respond. I pray that Allah makes these lines beneficial. I am traveling and answering from my head so a few minor mistakes might appear, please forgive me for those.”