Benefit: Refuting Falsehood is from Removing Harm from the Path
In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy
The people are divided into three categories with regards to removing that which is harmful from the path.
1) Those who remove that which is harmful from the path
2) Those who discard removing that which is harmful from the path
3) Those who place that which is harmful upon the path
All of these three categories of people are from the people of īmān, but they are not equal.
There is also a very beautiful benefit in this narration, it is that the Messenger of Allāh (ṣallá Allāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) considered the removal of that which is harmful from the path as an act of faith. The meaning of, “that which is harmful” is something tangible which harms and hinders the people from their course of achieving their worldly interests. Likewise, with all the more reason, removing that which is harmful from the path also means: removing that which hinders the people from their path towards the obedience of their Lord, and this is also considered an act of faith.
Therefore, refuting the people of innovation, warning against them and refuting their doubts is all from removing that which is harmful from the path; and it is considered to be from Īmān (faith).
Source: تذكرة المؤتسي شرح عقيدة الحافظ عبد الغني المقدسي pg.307-308
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī