Bismillaah Al-Hamdulillaah wa salatu wa salaamu ‘ala rasulullaah Amma-ba’d
Many well-intending but confused Muslims observe from those around them transgressions such as bid’ah (and hizbiyyah) – and sometimes shirk – even within the masaajid of Allaah these days. Not only do they not leave or complain or refute or warn against the bid’ah they observe, but they are deceivingly cornered into supporting the above transgressions and falsehood due to the opposition they will encounter by those who accommodate bid’ah and its people, and also due to not knowing the answers to doubts (falsehood and false principles) such as “refuting bid’ah divides the Ummah,” or “We cooperate on that which we agree and leave alone that which we disagree on,” or “this is backbiting, and backbiting is haram.”
Of course, the truth is that refuting and warning against those who call to bid’ah (and shirk) doesn’t divide the Ummah. Just the opposite: forbidding shirk and bid’ah, and warning against shirk and bid’ah is from the legislated defenses of the religion from that which doesn’t belong to the religion.Allaah said (what means): O Prophet (Muhammad)! Strive hard against the disbelievers and the hypocrites, and be harsh against them, their abode is Hell – and worst indeed is that destination. (At-Tawbah, ayah 73)’
Abdullaah ibn Mas`ud (radiallaahu ‘anhu) reported: The Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: Never a Prophet had been sent before me by Allaah to his people but he had, among his people, (his) disciples and companions who followed his ways and obeyed his command. Then there came after them their successors who proclaimed what they did not practice, and practiced what they were not commanded to do. And (he) who strove against them with his hand is a believer; he who strove against them with his heart is a believer; and he who strove against them with his tongue is a believer; and beyond that there is no grain of faith. (Muslim)
Nasr bin Zakariyaa (rahimahullaah) said: I heard Muhammad bin Yahyaa adh-Dhuhlee (rahimahullaah) saying, I heard Yahyaa bin Yahyaa (rahimahullaah) saying: “Defense of the Sunnah is more superior than jihaad in the path of Allaah.” So I said, “A man spends his wealth, tires his body and strives (in jihaad), so is this one (still) better than him? He said, “Yes, by many times!” [Siyar A’laamun-Nubalaa` (10/518) of adh-Dhahabee]
And Imam Ibn al-Qayyim (rahimahullaah) said: “The jihaad with decisive proofs [from the Book and the Sunnah] and the tongue takes precedence over the jihaad with the sword and the spear.” [al-Jawaab as-Saheeh of Ibn Taymiyyah (1/237)
]Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullaah) said: “The one who refutes the innovators is a mujaahid.”
Rather, the ones who divide the Ummah are the innovators themselves who commit and call to bid’ah (sometimes even shirk) and hide behind false principles, thus leaving Ahlus-Sunnah wal Jama’ah (the original affair) to become, for example, a Raafidi (Shee’ee), thus splitting the Ummah into two sects, or a Soofee, thus splitting the Ummah into three sects, or an Ikhwanee, thus splitting the Ummah into four sects, or a Tableeghi, thus splitting the Ummah into five sects, etc…, and like this.
Shaikh Zaid Ibn Hadee al Madkhalee (hafidhahullaah) said: “The innovator is the cause for splitting; because splitting is connected to innovation and unity is connected to the Sunnah. The obligation of refuting the Mukhaalif is not lifted from the scholar due to anticipation of harm, unless it is harm he is not able to bear. Then (in this case), Allah does not burden a soul beyond what it can bear. The earth is not devoid of people of knowledge who will carry out refutation against the Mubtadi and the Mukhaalif.” [Source: Al Ajwibah Al Mukhtasar Alaa As-ila Al-Ashrati (Page43-44)]
The Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: This Ummah will divide into 73 sects, all of them in the hellfire except one. He was asked, “Which one is that, O Messenger of Allaah?” He (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: That which I and my companions are upon. [Abu Dawud, Ibn Maajah, Ahmad, Ad-Daaramee]Shaikh Saalih al-Fawzaan (hafidhahullaah) said: “Everyone who opposes the Jamaa’ah of Ahlus-Sunnah, then he is astray. There is no jamaa’ah according to us, except one: it is Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah [the Taa`ifatul-Mansoorah (the Victorious Group), the Firqatun-Naajiyah (Saved-Sect), Ahlul-Hadeeth, Ahlul-‘Ilm (people of knowledge)]. Whatever opposes this Jamaa’ah, then it is in opposition to the manhaj of the Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam). We also say, everyone who opposes Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah, then he is from the people of desires. And elements of opposition vary in ruling of them being misguided or outside of Islaam with relation to how large, small, far or near they are from the truth.” [al-Ajwibatul-Mufeedah (p. 10) of Saalih al-Fawzaan, with the annotations of Jamaal al-Haarithee]
Someone asked: Some Hizbiyoon say that [the] Salafiyoon eliminate a caller every day. How do you refute this claim?Shaikh Ahmad an-Najmee (rahimahullaah) answered: “They [the Salafiyoon] don’t eliminate anybody. It’s the person himself who eliminates himself when he chooses the innovations and to follow the innovators. Yes!”Know – may Allaah have mercy on you – that the correct Islaam is that which Allaah (Subhanahu wa Ta’aala) revealed to Muhammad ibn ‘Abdullaah (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam), the seal of all Prophets. The correct Islaam is that which the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) and all his companions (radiallaahu ‘anhum ajma’een) were upon. The correct Islaam is the only Islaam that existed before the emergence of bid’ah.When the Qadariyah emerged, denying the Qadr (pre-decree) of Allaah, the Qadariyah divided the Ummah.
‘Abdullaah ibn ‘Umar (radiallaahu ‘anhumma) was asked about them [those who deny the Qadr] and he refuted them, saying, tell them I am free of them, and they are free from me. So who divided the Ummah, the Qadariyah who left revelation and denied the Qadr, or ‘Abdullaah ibn ‘Umar who warned against them and refuted them for the benefit of the Ummah?The Qadariyah divided the Ummah, and are still dividing the Ummah. ‘Abdullaah ibn ‘Umar warned against them for the benefit of the Ummah, so that people would be warned of this deviance and not fall into it, so that the Ummah would know that this denial of the Qadr of Allaah is in opposition to revelation and constitutes apostasy from Islaam.
So when Hurqus Dhul-Khwaisra at-Tamimee rebelled against the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam), criticizing him, and accusing him of treachery, the Messenger of Allaah spoke about him behind his back, saying: From his progeny (ideology) will come a people who one of you would belittle his own prayer when compared to their prayer and his fasting compared to their fasting. They will recite the Qur`an, but it will not go beyond their throats. They will pass through the religion as an arrow passes through a target.He (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) also said about them: They read the Qur`an, thinking it is in support of them while it is actually against them.And: They are dogs of the Hellfire.And also said they will be: Young in age, having reckless and deficient intellects.So are you foolish enough to accuse the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) of wrongful backbiting, or do you understand now that there are permissible forms of backbiting – six, specifically – and warning against a person of bid’ah is one of them?
This is why Al-Hasan Al-Basree (rahimahullaah) said: “There is no backbiting with regard to (talking about) the innovator or the sinner who openly professes his evil.” [Al-Laalikaa`ee (1/140, no: 279)]
So when the evil Khawaarij [who these days deceptionally go by the names of “Ikhwanul Muslimeen,” “Hizb-ut-Tahreer,” “Taliban,” “Qutbee,” “Suroori,” etc…] had the audacity to emerge – making takfeer of khulaafa ‘Uthman ibn ‘Affan and ‘Alee ibn Abi Talib, rebelling against them, and declaring other Muslims “kufaar” and even killing ‘Uthman ibn ‘Affan – the companions such as ‘Alee ibn Abi Talib and Ibn ‘Abbaas (radiallaahu ‘anhum ajma’een) warned against them, refuted them, debated them, and eventually went to war against them.So where the companions in error for “not leaving alone that which they disagreed on,” or did the companions implement the commands of Allaah and His Messenger to defend the Religion from bid’ah, warning against bid’ah and shirk and its people, and purifying the religion from that which doesn’t belong to it, so that the truth may be distinguished from falsehood for whoever sincerely desires the truth and fears falling into falsehood?
The recompense of those who wage war against Allaah and His Messenger and spread corruption in the earth; they will be killed, or they will be hung, or their hands and their legs will be cut off, or be exiled from the land. That is their disgrace in this world, and a great torment is theirs in the Hereafter. (Al-Ma`idah, ayah 33)
Rather, the Khawaarij were in error, and the Khawaarij divided the Ummah, and are still dividing the Ummah with not only revolutions and takfeer and killings and faulty understanding of texts, but also in calling to democracy in Muslim lands. Democracy is kufr – it is ruling by the law of man instead of what Allaah revealed. Allaahul Musta’aan!Allaah said (what means): O Prophet (Muhammad)! Strive hard against the disbelievers and the hypocrites, and be harsh against them, their abode is Hell – and worst indeed is that destination. (At-Tawbah, ayah 73)Shaikh Saalih al-Fawzaan was asked: “Many people say that those who refute the people of innovation are the cause of separation.”
Shaikh al-Fawzan answered: “Yes, separation between the truth and the falsehood; this is correct. We make a distinction between truth and the falsehood and (also between) the people of truth and the people of falsehood. We are going to refute (the people of falsehood), and the Scholars refuted (the people of falsehood). This is not for the purpose of causing division; this is to gather the people upon the truth, because with people remaining upon misguidance and upon the speech of falsehood, then this causes division between the Muslims. As for clarifying the truth for the people, so they can gather upon it, then this is the da’wah towards unity, not the da’wah towards separation.
The da’wah towards separation is when it is said, ‘The people of falsehood are not to be refuted.’ This is the da’wah to division if they only gave thought.” [Taken from the recorded lessons of Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan in explanation of Sharhus-Sunnah of Imaam al-Barbahaaree (d.329H).]Likewise, when the Raafidah (Shee’a) emerged, ‘Alee opposed them and even went to war against them, killing them. The Raafidah divided the Ummah, and are still dividing the Ummah.
The evil and filthy Raafidah slander companions, declaring some of them “kufaar.” And they go to extremes with regard to ‘Alee, claiming divinity for him and directing acts of worship to him, and denying Muhammad’s Messengership, denying the completion of the Qur`an, claiming “infallibility” for their leaders and obeying them in making halal “haram” and making haram “halal,” and accusing ‘A`ishah of something that Allaah declared her innocent of. Each one of these transgressions is kufr that necessitates an eternal abode in the hellfire!So if you see someone lending his ears to a Raafidi (Shee’ee), or lending his eyes to Raafidi material, do you not warn him against this so that he doesn’t adopt the kufr that the Raafidah are upon? Do you not help your brother and try to help save him from the hellfire? Or do you just stay quiet like a mute shaytan, “leaving alone that which we disagree on?”
Keep in mind, many times this is the same brother whom you would favor over yourself regarding a plate of food or a glass of water, yet you would not help him with regards to distancing himself from that which would nullify his Islaam?This would not be from Eeman. The Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: None of you truly believe until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself. (Bukhaaree and Muslim)So then what about these deviants who are given positions as “imams” in the masaajid of Allaah these days, and recognize the shirk and bid’ah being committed in their masjid and refuse to forbid shirk and bid’ah – or major sins such as ribaa (usury, interest) – because they want “to fill the masjid” (an innovated Ikhwanee principle of making one’s goal a large following [numbers] at the expense of eeman). This is a disgustingly insincere intention – an intention that Islaam is free of, and an intention not befitting someone in charge of the congregation.
Shaykh ‘Abdul-‘Azeez ibn Baaz (rahimahullaah) said, “So it is obligatory upon the daa’ee (caller) to have ikhlaas (sincerity and purity of intentions and actions) for Allaah – the Mighty and Majestic – neither desiring to show off, nor desiring reputation, nor desiring the praises and the accolades of the people.” [Ad-Da’wah Ilallaah wa Akhlaaqud-Du’aat (pp. 37-43)]
Shaikh Saalih Al-Fawzan (hafidhahullaah) said about those who don’t enjoin good and forbid evil, “they want evil for the people.”And there are others who refuse to forbid shirk and bid’ah because they fear the people. Allaah said (what means):The Mosques of Allaah shall be maintained only by those who believe in Allaah and the Last Day; establish As-Salat and give Zakaat and fear none but Allaah. It is they who are expected to be on true guidance. (At-Tawbah, ayah 18)
Allaah, ‘Azza wa Jal, said: It is only Shaitan who suggests to you the fear of his Auliya’ [supporters and friends (polytheists, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allaah and in His Messenger Muhammad], so fear them not, but fear Me, if you are (true) believers. (Aali-‘Imran, ayah 175) Commenting on this verse, Shaikh Al-Fawzan said:”In this verse, Allaah, The Exalted, states that shaytan aims at making the believers afraid of his (shaytan’s) allies and supporters, so that the believers may not fight them, nor command them to do good and forbid them from committing evil. Besides, Allaah forbids us to fear them and commands us to fear Him Alone, for this is a requisite of true faith. The more the servant’s faith gets stronger, the less he fears Satan’s supporters and vice versa.” [Concise commentary on the Book of Tawhid]
This is also supported by the Qudsee Hadith in which Allaah commanded us to not belittle ourselves. The hadith was narrated on the authority of Abu Sa’eed (radiallaahu ‘anhu), who said that the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: Let not any one of you belittle himself. They said: O Messenger of Allaah, how can any one of us belittle himself? He said: He finds a matter concerning Allaah about which he should say something, and he does not say [it], so Allaah (The Mighty and Sublime) says to him on the Day of Resurrection: What prevented you from saying something about such-and-such and such-and-such? He says: [It was] out of fear of people. Then He [Allaah] says: Rather, it is I whom you should more properly fear. (Ibn Majah)
Likewise, with the dangerous Soofees who push forward Ibn ‘Arabee’s deviant shirk-filled ideology of Wahdatul Wujood (the filthy, deviant claim “only Allaah exists, He is everywhere, everything is Allaah, Allaah is in everything, therefore whatever you worship, Allaah is in it!” – Aoodhubillah!) and al-Hallaj’s likewise deviant shirk-filled ideology of hulool (the filthy, deviant claim “Allaah dwelling within man” – Aoodhubillah!), and exaggerating with the status of the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) and the awliyyah by making du’aa to (worshipping) them, and claiming knowledge of the ghaib for them; and denying Allaah’s Highness. Each one of these transgressions is kufr that necessitates an eternal abode in the hellfire! The Soofees divided the Ummah. And the Soofees are still dividing the Ummah. Allaahul Musta’aan.
So these people, whether it be the Soofees, the Raafidah, the Khawaarij, the Qadariyah, or other than them are literally calling to the hellfire. Allaah said (what means): And verily this is My Straight Path, so follow it, and follow not (other) paths, for they will separate you away from His Path. This He has ordained for you that you may become Muttaqoon (pious). (Al-An’aam, ayah 153)
‘Abdullaah ibn Mas’ood (radiallaahu ‘anhu) said: The Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) drew a line with his hand (in the sand) and said: ‘This is Allaah’s path, leading straight.’ He then drew lines to the right and left of that line and said, ‘These are the other paths, on each path there is a devil who calls to it.’ He then recited (Allaah’s statement): And verily, this is My straight path, so follow it, and follow not (other) paths, for they will separate you away from His path. (Al-An’aam, ayah 153).” (Ahmad and Al-Hakim) A man asked Ibn Mas’ood, “What is As-Sirat Al-Mustaqim (The Straight Path)?” Ibn Mas’ood replied, “Muhammad left us at its lower end and its other end is in Paradise. To the right of this Path are other paths, and to the left of it are other paths, and there are men (on these paths) calling those who pass by them. Whoever goes on the other paths will end up in the Fire. Whoever takes the Straight Path will end up in Paradise.” Ibn Mas’ood then recited the ayah: And verily, this is My straight path, so follow it, and follow not (other) paths, for they will separate you away from His path. (Al-An’aam, ayah 153)
(Recorded by Ibn Jarir) Mujaahid said: “As-Subul (the paths) means the innovations and the doubtful matters.”Read what Shaikh Saalih al-Fawzaan (hafidhahullaah) said about the Soofees: “The greatest danger that faces the Ummah of Islaam is their being far away from the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam), and replacing them with man-made laws and deviated ideologies. Likewise, the greatest danger that faces the Ummah of Islaam is the misguidance and deviation concerning the ‘aqeedah and the infiltration of concepts of kufr, shirk, and bid’ah into it – from the grave-worshippers and the Soofees…
The cure for this is to return back to the Book and the Sunnah, learning them, teaching them, judging by them between people, and adopting what they require of morals, manners and character.” [Muntaqaa min Fataawaa (I/417; no. 249)]
So are you going to let your son or your brother or your father or your wife sit with these Soofees (whose different disgusting tariqas [paths] include the Naqshabandiyah, or Soharwardiyah, or a Qadriah, or a Chistiyyah) or these ignorant Tableeghis who support the Soofees?Or will you instead take your son and teach him Tawheed, that only Allaah deserves worship (du’aa, sacrifice, reliance, seeking refuge, salat, hajj, zakat, fasting) because He alone is The Creator and The Lord, and Allaah has no partners in that, so therefore all worship belongs only to Allaah alone, and this is the meaning of this great kalima Laa illaaha il Allaah (there is none deserving of worship except Allaah)? Isn’t this rather what the Messenger of Allaah taught his companions? Wouldn’t you rather teach your son Tawheed, and also teach him that Muhammad (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) is Allaah’s slave and Messenger, and therefore Prophet Muhammad (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) should be followed and imitated in ‘aqeedah, manhaj, method of worship, and character, and that no one’s words should be placed above the words of Prophet Muhammad, because Prophet Muhammad only said what Allaah commanded him to say, in conveying the religion.Nor does he speak of (his own) desire. It is only an revelation that is revealed. (An-Najm, ayat 3-4) And no one else in this Ummah of Muhammad can truthfully make this claim, because no one else in this Ummah received revelation from Allaah, except the best of all creation (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam).
And like this.If the people of the Sunnah – those known for defending the religion, not fearing the blame of the blamers – don’t warn against that which opposes revelation, then how – how ya ‘ibaadullaah – will the sincere person know what is in conformity to revelation and what is not?And if you don’t want to defend Allaah’s Religion, Allaah will replace you with those who do, desiring by it Allaah’s Face. He says (what means):O you who believe! Whoever from among you turns back from his religion (Islaam), Allaah will bring a people whom He will love and they will love Him; humble towards the believers, stern towards the disbelievers, fighting in the Way of Allaah, and never afraid of the blame of the blamers. That is the Grace of Allaah which He bestows on whom He wills. And Allaah is All-Sufficient for His creatures’ needs, All-Knower. (Al-Ma`idah, ayah 54)
Regarding the difficulty of criticizing innovators, Ibn Taymiyyah relayed the following: “When some people said to Imaam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal (rahimahullaah) that they felt uneasy about criticizing people, he replied, ‘If you remain silent and I remain silent, then who will make the ignorant person aware of the authentic from the defective?'” [Majmoo’-ul-Fataawaa of Ibn Taimiyyah (28/231)]
Imam Muslim recorded on the authority of ‘Alee ibn Abi Talib: the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: May Allaah curse he who harbors (accommodates) an innovator (Muhdithan) and in another narration that which is innovated (Muhdathan). As-Suyooti, in his comments of the Sunnan of Imam An-Nasa`i, said this means that the curse is upon the one who supports the one who innovates into the religion and, in the second narration, the curse is upon the one who defends and supports the bid’ah itself.
How – ya ‘ibaadullaah – will the children know what is correct and what is incorrect? How – ya ‘ibaadullaah – will those who truly want guidance and truly want to follow the only path that leads to Jannah, how will they know that which is from The Straight Path that leads to the pleasure of Allaah from that which leads to the hellfire?How – ya ‘ibaadullaah – will the one who sincerely desires to follow the Sunnah and avoid bid’ah, how will he know which is which?
Just as Allaah has promised to guard the Qur`an from corruption, likewise Allaah has preserved His religion by means of at-Taa`ifatul Mansoorah (The Aided Group), in accordance with the Prophet’s statement: There will never cease to be a group from my Ummah upon the truth, uppermost. They will not be harmed by those who desert them or those who oppose them, until the affair of Allaah – the Blessed and Exalted – arrives, and they are in this state. One of the means this Aided Group uses is Al-Jarh wa-Ta’deel. Shaikh Muhammad al-‘Aqeel (hafidhahullaah) said: “Al-Jarh wa-Ta’deel is the main reason for the preservation of Islaam, the knowledge of criticism and grading the narrators.
Why was the Torah lost and perverted? Because there was no Jarh wa-Ta’deel… The Christians had scholars, the Jews had scholars. The one distinctive matter is Islaam’s golden scale of Jarh wa-Ta’deel. Dr. Sawdha Khalaf made a comparitive study: Why was the Torah perverted? Why were the Qur`an and Sunnah the only [revelations] perserved?Verily We: It is We Who have sent down the Dhikr (i.e. the Qur`an) and surely, We will guard it (from corruption). (Al-Hijr, ayah 9)And Bukhari and Muslim; we can swear that the majority of Bukhari and Muslim is authentic. The Dr. said, “I did not find any distinctive matter except Jarh wa-Ta’deel. Their ears were like our ears, their eyes were like our eyes, they loved Islaam just as we loved it, they (also) had scholars who studied, but they had no Jarh wa-Ta’deel.” [Their methodology was:] any statement, write it down, take it, accept it, write it down, take it, accept it…anything.For this reason, may Allaah preserve you, just as Allaah preserved the Book and the Sunnah, likewise the Sunnah was preserved by means of Jarh wa Ta’deel.
If each scholar’s statements was accepted, there would be no religion. For this reason, the (true) scholars say, ‘Whoever follows the strange allowances of the scholars will leave Islaam. If he follows every weak opinion, he will leave Islaam.’ The scholar’s statement – in and of itself – is not a proof.When someone criticizes someone, compare the speech to the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah. If it’s in accordance to the Book and the Sunnah, accept it, because the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) is the only one [from the creation] exempt from mistake.”Keep in mind that the religion of al-Islaam is that which Allaah legislated. Allowing Bid’ah and innovative (false) principles, and neither forbidding them nor warning against them would result in the religion being altered.Imaam Al-Awzaa’ee (rahimahullaah) said, “When innovations emerge and the People of Knowledge do not show rejection against them, they become the sunnah [in the mind of the ignorant].” [Tahdheeb Sharaf Ashaabul-Hadeeth of al-Khateeb al-Baghdaadee]
Shaikh-ul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullaah) said, “In fact, the kufr of Jews and Christians is because of bid’ah. They introduced new things into the religion and those things took them completely away from the true message of Musa (Moses) and ‘Eesa (Jesus) ‘alaihumma salam.”
And from His Infinite Mercy and Wisdom, Allaah (subhanahu wa ta’aala) has preserved and aided His religion by means of at-Taa`ifatul Mansoorah (The Aided Group) which will defend the religion, refute that which does not belong to the religion, not fear the blame of the blamers, and they will be unharmed by those who oppose them.This is why Imam Sufyaan ath-Thawree (rahimahullaah) said: “The Angels guard the heavens while Ahlul-Hadeeth (People of Hadeeth) Guard the Earth.” (Sharaf Ashhaab-il-Hadeeth, by Imam al-Khateeb al-Baghdaadee)And the most prominent of these guardians of the earth, the leaders of at-Taa`ifatul Mansoorah are the scholars of Ahlus-Sunnah wal Jama’ah, such as Shaikh Rabee’ bin Hadee al-Madkhalee and Shaikh Saalih al-Fawzaan and Shaikh ‘Abdul-Muhsin al-‘Abbaad, and Shaikh ‘Ubaid al-Jabiree, and before them Shaikh al-Albanee, Shaikh Ibn Baaz, Shaikh al-‘Uthaimeen, and Shaikh Muqbil, tracing all the way back to the Salaf.And know – may Allaah bless you – that anyone who tries to bring a bid’ah into the Deen has accused the Deen of being incomplete and has denied the truthfulness of Allaah’s statement (what means):…This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islaam as your religion… (Al-Ma`idah, ayah 3)
Imaam Maalik (rahimahullaah) said: “He who innovates an innovation in Islaam regarding it as something good, has claimed that Muhammad (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) has betrayed his trust to deliver the message as Allaah says: This day, I have perfected your religion for you. And whatsoever was not part of the religion then, is not part of the religion today.” [al-I’tisaam]
Shaikh Muhammad Ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaimeen (rahimahullaah) said: “Therefore, the innovations in reality are indirect criticisms of the Sharee’ah, because they necessitate the implication that the Sharee’ah is incomplete and that the innovation is a more perfect form of worship to seek nearness to Allaah as the innovator claims.” [Majmoo’ Fataawa wa Rasaa’il – Volume Two, Number 345]And enjoining the good and forbidding the evil is from the means of uniting the Ummah upon the truth – upon what Allaah is pleased with – and clarifying the truth.Allaah said (what means): And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allaah (i.e. this Qur`an), and be not divided among yourselves. (Aali ‘Imran, ayah 103)
Shaikh ‘Abdul-‘Azeez ibn Baaz said: “The order to unify the Muslims and unite their word upon the truth and to hold fast to the rope of Allaah does not mean they should not censure wrong beliefs and practices – whether from the Soofees or other than them. Rather, what the order to hold fast to the rope of Allaah necessitates is to order the good, forbid the evil, and to clarify the truth with the clear Sharee’ah proofs to whosoever is misguided or has a mistaken opinion, until they unite upon the truth and turn away from that which opposes it. All of this is included in His, the Most Perfect’s, saying:…Help you one another in Al-Birr and At-Taqwa (virtue, righteousness and piety); but do not help one another in sin and transgression… (Al-Ma`idah, ayah 2)
So by refuting the bid’ah and their people, the scholars do not divide the Ummah, but rather the scholars distinguish between the truth and falsehood, and the people of truth and the people of falsehood for the benefit of the Ummah.The Qur`an is also known as Al-Furqan. Why? Because it distinguishes and separates the truth from the falsehood. Allaah said (what means):…And He sent down the Furqaan [(criterion) of judgement between right and wrong (this Qur`an)]… (Aali ‘Imran, ayah 4)Verily! This (the Qur`an) is the Word that separates (the truth from falsehood, and commands strict legal laws for mankind to cut the roots of evil). (At-Tariq, ayah 13)
As Shaikh Muhammad al-Anjaree (hafidhahullaah) said: “The Qur`an distinguishes and separates. The Prophet was known as “al-Faariq” (the one who distinguishes and separates between Truth and Falsehood). The Battle of Badr, what is it? Furqan (the distinction between Truth and falsehood)! Allaah said (what means): If you have believed in Allaah and in that which We sent down to Our slave (Muhammad) on the Day of Furqaan, the Day when the two forces met… (Al-Anfaal, ayah 41)Al-Imaam Ibn Jareer at-Tabaree said: Ibn ‘Abbaas said about His saying (in this ayah) the Day of Furqaan: ‘He means by Furqaan, the Day of Badr. In it, Allaah differentiated and separated between Truth and falsehood.'”The Prophet used to warn against bid’ah in every single khutbah, and that was before bid’ah ever emerged: And the best speech is the Speech of Allaah, and the best guidance is the guidance of Muhammad (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), and the worst of all affairs are the newly invented matters (in the religion). [Muslim]
Student of knowledge Abu Hasan Malik, reading from the works of Shaikh Muhammad ibn Hadee al-Madkhalee (hafidhahumullaah), said:”Speaking about people of bid’ah and warning against them in this time and before this time is in following the path of the Prophet Muhammad (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam). The Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) warned against bid’ah and its people before bid’ah happened.We have to remember the Prophet was warning against bid’ah in his time, and bid’ah hadn’t happened yet, so how much more should we warn against bid’ah in this time of ours, after the bid’ah [invented acts, beliefs, statements, and deviant methodologies, sects] are widespread, and people have come to disguise* themselves?How much more [should we warn and speak against people of bid’ah] now? If the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) warned against [bid’ah] in Khutbat al-Hajjah every Jumu’ah, and in many lessons and the likes of this, warning against its people…if the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) went to those great lengths before bid’ah happened, how much more now [should we warn and speak against people of bid’ah] when bid’ah is widespread? How much more now when bid’ah is of multiple types and people have disguised* themselves and cover themselves up in the cloth and the likes of this?
So what is wajib (obligatory) is that a person warns against bid’ah, and clings to the Sunnah, and clings to the people of the Sunnah. So if he is upon this, then he is upon the path of Prophet Muhammad (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam).”Shaikh Muwaffiq-ud-Deen (i.e. Ibn Qudaamah) has mentioned the forbiddance of looking into the books of innovators and he stated: “The Salaf used to forbid others from sitting with the innovators, looking into their books and listening to their speech.” [Al-Adaab-ush-Shara’eeyah (1/232)]
Shaykh ‘Abdul-‘Azeez Ibn ‘Abdullaah aalush-Shaykh, the Grand Muftee of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, said: “The refutations upon the people of innovation are from Jihaad in the path of Allaah. They are from safeguarding the Sharee’ah from having other than it attached to it. So writing the books, publishing them and spreading them is the truth and it is a call to the truth and Jihaad in the path of Allaah. So whoever claims that publishing and spreading the books that contain refutation upon the innovators is an innovated affair, then he is upon error, because Allaah the Sublime and Exalted said: O Prophet! Strive hard against the hypocrites and be harsh with them. (at-Tawbah, ayah 73)And Jihaad can occur by the hand, or it can be with the tongue, or it can be with the wealth. So from Jihaad with the tongue is defending and safeguarding this Sharee’ah from everything that has been fabricated into it from doubts and falsities. And from that as well is warning against the innovations and calling to the truth.
Due to this, Imaam Ahmad (d.241H) and other than him authored books warning against the innovators. So Imaam Ahmad wrote the treatise Ar-Radd ‘alaz-Zanaadiqah, within which he clarified their doubts. And he answered every doubt. And al-Bukhaaree (d.256H) (rahimahullaah) wrote his book Khalq Af’aalul-‘Ibaad. And other than them from amongst the Imaams of Islaam wrote books in refutation of the innovators and invalidated their falsities and established the proofs against them. Likewise, Shaykhul-Islaam [Ibn Taymiyyah (d.728H)] wrote in refutation upon the Raafidah in his famous book Minhaajus-Sunnatin-Nabawiyyah fee Naqd Kalaamish-Shee’ah wal-Qadariyyah. And he clarified what they were upon from falsehood and misguidance.” [ar-Riyaadus-Sa’oodiyyah Newspaper (issue no. 12674), dated Friday, the 4th of al-Muharram.]
“Shaikh ‘Ubayd al-Jabiree (hafidhahullaah) said: “As one of the Salaf said, “Whoever honoured an innovator has aided in the destruction of Islaam.” So these false principles, “we correct and do not disparage,” “the vast all-inclusive manhaj,” “tathabbut,” “khabar al-wahid amounts to dhann,” “we do not make taqlid,” “we do not allow our differences regarding those besides us to cause differing between us,” “we must have ijmaa’ amongst the scholars upon tabdee’ upon an individual before a stance is taken,” and so on, all of these are intended to accommodate the innovators, make excuses for them, and shield them from criticism and warning.
What gives evidence to this is the very actions of those who speak with these principles in their da’wah, see how they behave and their allegiances and who they sit with and walk with and cooperate with, and like the Salaf said: Whoever conceals his innovation (bid’ah) from us, will not be able to conceal his companionship from us.And we see the realities of people like ‘Abdur Rahman ‘Abdul-Khaliq (“Ikhwan, Tabligh and Tahreer are good for competition in the da’wah”), al-‘Awdah (calling for understanding with Soofees and Shee’ah), al-Ma`ribi (now with the Ikhwanees – whom he was intending to defend all along), and the same type of behaviour with al-Halabi, who would not let go of the Takfiri-Qutbi companionship, and the Bannaawi organizations, claiming “I am giving them advice.”
The period of advice already ended for them a long time ago, and if they did not accept the advice of the Major Scholars, why would they accept it from others?”And from what we see these days is the deviance of callers who have been affected by the poison of innovators such as Abul-Hasan al-Ma`ribee, and are now calling to making excuses for the people of innovation and not refuting them and even declaring them “Salafee” or “Sunni” even though they have mistakes in ‘aqeedah that expel one from Ahlus-Sunnah wal Jama’ah and therefore have been threatened with the hellfire due to their bid’ah, in accordance with the Prophet’s hadeeth of al-iftiraak (the hadeeth of the 73 sects).
Yet callers such as Yasir Qadhi and Shadeed Muhammad – and those imitating them – are astray and leading others astray. Qadhi unites with and calls others to unite with deviants such as the Raafidah and Sofee grave-worshippers, invites his followers to the website of Habib ‘Ali Jifri – a caller to shirk – and the institution of Hamza Yusuf, who is a translator of the Shirk-filled “Al-Burdah,” and ignorantly says, “I personally have no qualms considering these groups within the broad fold of Sunni Islaam.” Aoodhubillaah! And Shaikh Rabee bin Hadee al-Madkhalee (hafidhahullaah) said concerning Shadeed Muhammad’s statements that they “are nothing but the wide, expansive methodology of Abul-Hasan al-Ma`ribee.” And refuge in Allaah is sought from assisting shaytan in his attempt to demolish Islaam.Have no doubt that Allaah will complete His light, and Islaam will be victorious.
Allaah said (what means): They intend to put out the Light of Allaah (i.e. the religion of Islaam, this Qur`an, and Prophet Muhammad) with their mouths. But Allaah will complete His Light even though the disbelievers hate (it). He it is Who has sent His Messenger (Muhammad) with guidance and the religion of truth (Islaamic Monotheism) to make it victorious over all (other) religions even though the Mushrikoon (polytheists, pagans, idolaters, and disbelievers in the Oneness of Allaah, and in His Messenger Muhammed) hate (it). (As-Saff, ayat 8-9)Verily, We will indeed make victorious Our Messengers and those who believe (in the Oneness of Allaah Islaamic Monotheism) in this world’s life and on the Day when the witnesses will stand forth, (i.e. Day of Resurrection). (Ghafir, ayah 51)
And the people being advised or corrected should not take it personal. They’re not being insulted; rather they’re being helped and offered a helping hand. Allaah has chosen a slave or slaves to teach you of His (Allaah’s) knowledge. Remember the ‘ilm (knowledge) belongs to nobody except Allaah, subhanahu wa ta’aala, as the scholars have stated. The correct knowledge belongs to Allaah, and He gives of it to whom He chooses. …And they will never compass anything of His Knowledge except that which He wills… (Baqarah, ayah 255; Ayat al-Kursee)
So if someone corrects you, he is not insulting you; rather he is telling you this statement, belief, action, or principle of yours is not from the correct knowledge that Allaah sent down or in accordance with it, and instead it will distance you (and those who follow you in this) from Allaah, and will annoy Allaah.
Shaikh al-Albanee (rahimahullaah) said: “And know that whoever abandons the Sunnah of the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and fanatically and blindly follows something else, or rejects the Sunnah because it differs with his ‘Aql (intellect) or his hawaa` (desires) or his inclinations, or adds some principles for which Allaah has not sent down any authority, verily he has wronged [himself] and annoyed Allaah, Tabaraka wa Ta’aalaa, and His Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and he is one who is in extreme danger.Allaah, ‘Azza wa Jal, said: Verily, those who annoy Allaah and His Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) Allaah has cursed them in this world, and in the Hereafter, and has prepared for them a humiliating torment. (Al-Ahzab, ayah 57)
And from this annoyance is that they don’t obey His commands and that they abandon His (Allaah’s) sayings and follow the sayings of someone else fanatically, and imitating someone else (other than His Messenger), shunning his (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) sayings, and comparing his sayings to those principles which they have invented for themselves. And if there is any similarity between them (their principles and the sayings of the Messenger), they accept it, but if what the Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) brought differs with these principles which they have invented for themselves, they either change it (the saying of the Prophet) [to fit their desires], or reject it with the most foul and ugly of rejections. And from the things with which they harm and annoy him (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) is abusing his Companions and withholding the rights of his wives (radiallaahu ‘anhum).
So can there be any harm or annoyance greater than this?!And in short, whoever harms and annoys the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), then the threat of Allaah’s La’nah (curse) and severe punishment [mentioned in these ayaat] is over him. And Allaah Knows Best.” [Series Hudaa wan-Noor, published by Masjid al-Maylam in Sabah as-Saalim, Kuwait] And loyalty should only be for Allaah, and then for the sake of Allaah. So one’s love and attachment to a group or individual should only be for Allaah’s sake. The Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: Verily the firmest of the handholds of Eemaan are loving for the sake of Allaah and hating for the sake of Allaah. (Musnad of Ahmad) So if your classmate or your own relative or your imam or a scholar that you benefited from or even the person Allaah used to guide you to Islaam or specifically Salafiyyah deviates, then from that moment on you must free yourself from him, break off your loyalty, for loyalty to him at that point becomes blameworthy and plunges you into what you have been running away from all these years – hizbiyyah.
Remember, Hizbiyyah is: having loyalty or allegiance to an individual or group in opposition to the Qur`an and Sunnah, and having al-walaa` wal-baraa` for them. Allaah said (what means): You will not find any people who believe in Allah and the Last Day, making friendship with those who oppose Allah and His Messenger, even though they were their fathers or their sons or their brothers or their kindred. For such He has written faith in their hearts, and strengthened them with Ruh from Himself. And He will admit them to Gardens under which rivers flow, to dwell therein (forever). Allah is well pleased with them, and they are well pleased with Him. They are the party of Allah. Verily, the party of Allah will be the successful. (Al-Mujadila, ayah 22)
This ayah was revealed concerning the sahaabah, who either killed a relative in the Battle of Badr, or intended to. Abu Bakr had a disbelieving son (‘Abdur-Rahman) who afterward told his father, “I saw you but I avoided you (meaning because you are my father).” Abu Bakr said to him: “Had I seen you, I would not have avoided you.”This, ya ikhwaan, is loving and hating for Allaah’s sake – not in accordance with your desires.This is why the Salaf (rahimahumullaah) used to say: Beware of loving someone too much for a day may come that you have to hate him (for Allaah), and beware of hating someone too much for a day may come that you have to love him (for Allaah).
As Shaikh Rabee’ insightfully said about all these false principles and deceptions and tricks and plots: “These manifestations are being used by every deviant sect and evil hizb (partisan group) to fight Ahlus-Sunnah in order to split them, because they found that no one clarifies their mistakes and warns from them except Ahlus-Sunnah [the Salafees].”Allaah said (what means):Secret counsels (conspiracies) are only from Shaytan, in order that he may cause grief to the believers. But he cannot harm them in the least, except as Allaah permits, and in Allaah let the believers put their trust. (Al-Mujadilah, ayah 10)Know they not that Allaah knows their secret ideas, and their Najwa (secret counsels), and that Allaah is the All-Knower of the unseen. (At-Tawbah, ayah 78) And whether you keep your talk secret or disclose it, verily, He is the All-Knower of what is in the breasts (of men). (Al-Mulk, ayah 13)…He knows the secret and that which is yet more hidden. (Ta-Ha, ayah 7)That Day shall you be brought to Judgement, not a secret of you will be hidden. (Al-Haqqah, ayah 18)The Day when all the secrets (deeds, prayers, fasting, etc.) will be examined (as to their truth). (At-Tariq, ayah 9)
This is why Shaikh Muhammad bin ‘Abdillaah al-Imaam (hafidhahullaah) said: “Then the person who has a wicked heart will be disgraced in front of all of humanity, all of creation! Hence, the actions of the heart – that which angers Allaah and wages war against Allaah, and no one is able to be aware of that except for Allaah ‘Azza wa Jal – will be present on the Day of Resurrection. That person will be disgraced.How many people in the dunya think it will be easier (more likely) to have the earth swallow him up than people becoming aware of his evil intentions, his corrupted goals? And suddenly, on the Day of Resurrection, he will be disgraced before all of creation.” And among those false principles innovated by the Hizbees to confuse and poison and divide the Salafees is “if someone claims Salafiyyah, then he is Salafee.” Al-Hamdulillaah, Who has blessed our ‘ulemma to spot falsehood like this and refute it for the benefit and the preservation of His Religion.
When asked when someone can be called “Salafee,” Shaikh Rabee’ bin Hadee al-Madkhalee (hafidhahullaah) said: “Don’t say about a man who opposes the manhaj of the Salaf that he is a ‘Salafee.’ No, don’t say about a man who opposes the manhaj of the Salaf that he is a Salafee.Don’t say that a man is ‘Salafee’ until you are sure that he is upon the manhaj [of the Salaf]. He is honored by it, and calls to it. He loves and unites based upon it, and hates and separates because of it. This is a Salafee. But someone who claims that he is ‘Salafee,’ and defends Ahlul-Bid’ah, and defends them against Ahlul-Sunnah, this is not a Salafee whatsoever. Whoever he is – Arab or non-Arab, in the East or in the West – because Salafiyyah has special qualities.Salafiyyah has signs. Salafiyyah has affairs that differentiate its people from others in Walaa` and Baraa`, and ‘Aqeedah and Da’wah, and the stances that they take.”
And Salafiyyah – the original affair, what Allaah revealed to His final Messenger (Muhammad) before the bid’ah emerged – is to understand each ayah and each hadeeth the way the Salaf (the Prophet and the sahaabah) understood them, and holding onto the ‘aqeedah and manhaj and method of worship and character of the Salaf (the Prophet and the sahaabah).Someone asked: It has gone so far that every person says they are followers of the Book and the Sunnah, even the people of bid’ah [say this]. So how does one follow the Book and the Sunnah and how does one distinguish its followers?Shaikh Saalih al-Fawzaan (hafidhahullaah) answered: “Following the Salaf [Prophet Muhammad and his sahabaah], following the Salaf. If he’s a follower of the Salaf, then he is a follower of the Book. And if he opposes the Salaf, then he opposes the Book. So the scale is the Salaf-us-Saleh [righteous predecessors (Prophet Muhammad and his sahabaah)]. Yes!”