Not saying Aameen aloud in the Prayer due to a greater common benefit

Reference: http://www.binbaz.org.sa/mat/4438

Question: Is it permitted to leave off saying Aameen aloud in the Prayer, and to not raise ones hands (raf’ al-yadayn)?

Response: Yes, if he is among people who do not raise their hands, nor do they say Aameen aloud, then it is better for him not to do it in order to bring their hearts together. [This is] for the purpose of calling them to goodness, teaching them, showing them the right way and for him to be able to rectify them.

This is because, whenever a person opposes them they will disdain him. They consider [their actions of not saying Aameen] as being from the religion. They consider not raising their hands in any part of the prayer except the initial Takbeer (takbeerat al-Ihram) to be from the religion, They have lived their lives upon this along with their scholars.

Similar to this is not saying Aameen aloud. This is [an issue of] well-known differing among the people of knowledge. Some of the people of knowledge have the opinion that one should say Aameen aloud, whilst others say one should not say it aloud.

It has been narrated in a Hadeeth that the Messenger (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) raised his voice [saying Aameen in the prayer], and in other narrations that he did not. Despite the correct opinion being that it is recommended (Mustahabb) to say Aameen aloud, it is a recommended action (Mustahabb), and therefore leaving it [may also] be recommended (Mustahabb).

A Believer does not perform a recommended action if it leads to separation, differing and tribulations. Rather, a Believer and a Daa’ee leaves off a recommended action (Mustahabb) if by not doing it will bring about a greater common benefit.

An example of that is that the Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) did not demolish the Ka’bah and rebuild it on the foundations laid by Ibraheem; He [justified this by] saying:

The Quraysh have only recently left disbelief

For this reason, he left the Ka’bah as it was and did not change it – may peace and blessings be upon him – for the greater common benefit.

 هل يجوز ترك الجهر بالتأمين في الصلاة، وعدم رفع اليدين؟

المرجع: من أسئلة الحج، الشريط الثاني

السؤال: هل يجوز ترك الجهر بالتأمين في الصلاة، وعدم رفع اليدين؟

الجواب: نعم، إذا كان بين أناس لا يرفعون ولا يجهرون بالتأمين، فالأولى أن لا يفعل تأليفاً لقلوبهم، حتى يدعوهم إلى الخير، وحتى يعلمهم ويرشدهم، وحتى يتمكن من الإصلاح بينهم، فإنه متى خالفهم واستنكروا هذا؛ لأنهم يرون أن هذا هو الدين، يرون أن عدم رفع اليدين فيما عدا تكبيرة الإحرام يرون أنه هو الدين وعاشوا عليه مع علمائهم،

وهكذا عدم الجهر بالتأمين، وهو خلاف مشهور بين أهل العلم، منه من قال يجهر، ومنهم من قال: لا يجهر بالتأمين، وقد جاء في الحديث أنه صلى الله عليه وسلم رفع صوته، وفي بعضها أنه خفض صوته، وإن كان الصواب أنه يستحب الجهر بالتأمين، وهو شيء مستحب، ويكون ترك أمراً مستحباً، فلا يفعل مؤمن مستحباً يفضي إلى انشقاق وخلاف وفتنة بل يترك المؤمن المستحب، والداعي إلى الله عز وجل، إذا كان يترتب على تركه مصالح أعظم

من ذلك أن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم ترك هدم الكعبة، وبناءها على قواعد إبراهيم، قال لأن قريشاً حديثو عهد بكفر، ولهذا تركها على حالها، ولم يغير عليه الصلاة والسلام للمصلحة العامة

From London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language and the Faculty of Sharee'ah, He is currently pursuing a Masters in 'Aqeedah.