Islamic concepts

Mirāʾ مراء — dispute, argument, doubt

Mirāʾ is arguing, dispute, heated discussion, controversy, debate that brings out hostile words, doubt

Allāh’s Messenger said:

  • ‘I guarantee a house on the outskirts of Paradise to one who refrains from al-Mirāʾ, even if they are right, a house in the centre of Paradise for the one who forsakes lying, even when they are joking, and a house in the highest part of Paradise for one whose manners are good.’ (Sunan Abī Dāwud 4800)
  • ‘al-Mirāʾ on the Qurʾān is disbelief.’

Not showing off one's superiority, letting the other person save face

How to agree to disagree

  • [Some] say, ‘The sleepers were three, and their dog made four,’ others say, ‘They were five, and the dog made six’- guessing in the dark- and some say, ‘They were seven, and their dog made eight.’ Say [Prophet], ‘My Lord knows best how many they were.’ Only a few have real knowledge about them, so do not argue, but stick to what is clear, and do not ask any of these people about them. (18:22)