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Making a big issue of minor issues of disagreement

 Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

As for the description of prayer, one of its issues is the Basmalah (saying Bismillaah—), and the people differ as to whether it is a verse of the Qur'aan or not, and whether it is to be recited or not.

Both sides have written books that show a great deal of ignorance and wrongdoing, even though the issues is not that serious.

Adhering blindly to one‘s view in these and similar matters is one of the signs of division and dissent which is forbidden for us.

The reason for discussing these controversial minor issues is to find out which view is more sound, as these issues are among the least serious controversial issues, but the shaytaan may play a role in creating divisions among Muslims because of these minor issues.  

Then he said:

It is mustahabb for a man to try to reconcile people by refraining from these mustahabb deeds, because the interests served by reconciling people in Islam is greater than the interest served by doing such things.

Similarly, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) decided not to change the structure of the Ka‘bah, because leaving it as it was would reconcile people, and Ibn Mas‘ood criticized …Uthmaan for offering prayers in full whilst traveling, but he still prayed behind him when he offered the prayer in full, and said: Dissent is evil.

Majmoo‘ al-Fataawa (22/405-407). [Islamqa]