Do Not Compromise The Religion – EVER- and beware of the tricks of Ahlul-Bid’ah!

Do Not Compromise The Religion – EVER- and beware of the tricks of Ahlul-Bid’ah!

Bismillaah Al-Hamdulillaah wa salatu wa salaamu ‘ala rasulullaah

Amma-ba’d

The following are notes [not verbatim] from a highly beneficial lesson given by student Abu Dihyah Dawood Adeeb (hafidhahullaah Ta’aala) two years ago:

Nuh’s wife calling Nuh (‘alayhi salaam) ‘crazy’ is a direct criticism of Nuh (‘alayhi salaam) and an indirect criticism of Allaah and an indirect criticism of the message of Nuh. …When Allaah inspired Nuh, his wife would spread namima, calling him ‘crazy.’

Allaah said:

وَدُّوا لَوْ تُدْهِنُ فَيُدْهِنُونَ

They wish that you should compromise (in religion out of courtesy) with them, so they (too) would compromise with you. (Al-Qalam, ayah 9)

Imam Ibn Katheer (rahimahullaah Ta’aala) said about this ayah that it means: “They want you to be quiet about their gods and abandon the truth you are upon.”

[The disbelievers and Ahlul-Bid’ah wish that those relaying the truth and forbidding falsehood cease doing so.] And this is exactly what happens to the ‘ulemma of Ahlus-Sunnah, specifically, and on another level the students and the du’aat (callers).

In regards to the callers dealing with other Muslims, it means [Ahlul-Bid’ah desiring] abandoning talking about their [Ahlul-Bid’ah’s] deviation, abandoning talking about their extremism, abandoning talking about their heresies, abandoning talking about their misguidance, or not saying the truth.

Shaikh Saalih al-Fawzaan (hafidhahullaah Ta’aala) said in his tafseer of this ayah:

لَوْ تُدْهِنُ

They wish that you should compromise with them: This is al-Mudahana, and it is to renounce or compromise something from the Religion to please those people [kufaar or Ahlul-Bid’ah], renouncing or giving up something from the Religion to please those people.

– This means [that people of kufr desire that] Ahlul-Islaam making Mudahana with Ahlul-Kufaar

– (Or) coming down a notch, this means [that people of bid’ah desire that] Ahlus-Sunnah making Mudahana with Ahlul-Bid’ah

– (Or) it could also be the people of Islaam with both the kufaar and Ahlul-Bid’ah

Shaikh Fawzaan said: [Allaah said:]

وَدُّوا لَوْ تُدْهِنُ فَيُدْهِنُونَ

They wish that you should compromise (in religion out of courtesy) with them, so they (too) would compromise with you. (Al-Qalam, ayah 9)

The Kufaar would like you to compromise, for if you were to incline just a little bit, you would give them what [they] want. So you would compromise with them, and them with you.

In another ayah:

وَإِنْ كَادُوا لَيَفْتِنُونَكَ عَنِ الَّذِي أَوْحَيْنَا إِلَيْكَ لِتَفْتَرِيَ عَلَيْنَا غَيْرَه ُ وَإِذا ً لاَتَّخَذُوكَ خَلِيلا

Verily, they were about to tempt you away from that which We have revealed (the Qur`an) unto you (O Muhammad), to fabricate something other than it against Us, and then they would certainly have taken you a friend! (Al-Isra`, ayah 73)

وَلَوْلاَ أَنْ ثَبَّتْنَاكَ لَقَدْ كِدْتَّ تَرْكَنُ إِلَيْهِمْ شَيْئا ً قَلِيلا

And had We not made you stand firm, you would nearly have inclined to them a little. (Al-Isra`, ayah 74)

When you compromise, it opens the door for more Mudahana, so you end up making Tamyee’ (watering down the Religion).

Shaikh Fawzaan said:

Allaah said:

إِذا ً لَأَذَقْنَاكَ ضِعْفَ الْحَيَاةِ وَضِعْفَ الْمَمَاتِ ثُمَّ لاَ تَجِدُ لَكَ عَلَيْنَا نَصِيرا

In that case, We would have made you taste a double portion (of punishment) in this life and a double portion (of punishment) after death. And then you would have found none to help you against Us. (Al-Isra`, ayah 75)

Allaah is warning the most pious, righteous, God-fearing man who ever walked on the face of the earth [Prophet Muhammad, salallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam], so how much more us, the Salafiyoon of America. Meaning you cannot mix (compromise) or water down this Risala (message).

Allaah said:

وَلاَ تَرْكَنُوا إِلَى الَّذِينَ ظَلَمُوا فَتَمَسَّكُمُ النَّارُ وَمَا لَكُمْ مِنْ دُونِ اللَّهِ مِنْ أَوْلِيَاءَ ثُمَّ لاَ تُنصَرُونَ

And incline not toward those who do wrong, lest the Fire should touch you, and you have no protectors other than Allaah, nor you would then be helped. (Hud, ayah 113)

Shaikh Fawzaan said: The Muslim does not haggle or bargain with his Religion ever!

ادْعُ إِلَى سَبِيلِ رَبِّكَ بِالْحِكْمَةِ وَالْمَوْعِظَةِ الْحَسَنَةِ

Invite (mankind, O Muhammad) to the Way of your Lord (i.e. Islaam) with wisdom (i.e. with the Divine Inspiration and the Qur`an) and fair preaching… (An-Nahl, ayah 125)

Of course, you should call to Allaah with wisdom and beautiful exhortation, but he [the true Salafee caller] never relinquishes or renounces anything of his religion to please and satisfy the disbelievers (and deviant Muslims). We don’t compromise anything from Salafiyyah, Islaam.

And we as Muslims don’t compromise, lower, relinquish, foregoe anything of the Sunnah and Salafiyyah and its principles for the people of bid’ah. If we don’t (remain firm) with Ahlul-Bid’ah, then how in the world are we going to (remain firm) when dealing with disbelievers.

Of course, you give da’wah – ادْعُ إِلَى سَبِيلِ رَبِّكَ بِالْحِكْمَةِ وَالْمَوْعِظَةِ الْحَسَنَةِ – but the methodology must be correct; he doesn’t compromise anything from the Deen to please the kufaar.

The one who doesn’t come to Islaam, except by relinquishing or foregoing anything of the Religion, he’s not going to come. We don’t desire him anyway. We are not to transgress the bounds regards our Deen because our Deen will never accept bargaining or haggling or compromise with something from the Deen.

وَدُّوا لَوْ تُدْهِنُ فَيُدْهِنُونَ

They wish that you should compromise (in religion out of courtesy) with them, so they (too) would compromise with you. (Al-Qalam, ayah 9)

Shaikh Fawzaan said: Mudahana means: relinquishing something from the Deen for the pleasure or consent of the kufaar (or Ahlul-Bid’ah).

Abu Dihyah also relayed from Shaikh Saalih al-Fawzaan some of the Mudahana that Ahlul-Bid’ah boldly commit today, such as when they call other Muslims to not call the disbelievers “kufaar” (disbelievers) or “mushrikoon” (polytheists), but instead to call them “non-Muslim.” Or even when some of them they seek to change the address of Allaah in the Qur`an, such as Allaah’s address in Sooratul Kaafiroon. Some of them say, “Do not say (as Allaah says what means): ‘Oh you disbelievers,’ but say ‘Oh you non-Muslims.’” [Aoodhubillaah!] Some of them say, “Do not say (as Allaah says what means): ‘I do not worship what you worship,’ but say ‘I do not pray as you pray,‘ or ‘I do not give charity as you give charity.‘” [Aoodhubillaah!]

They call others to change the religious address.

Shaikh Fawzaan said: “Isn’t this the address of Allaah in the Qur`an? This is the address of Allaah, and you want us to change it? This kind of speech is not permissible ever! Never!! Not permissible.”

Mudahana is haram, because it is relinquishing something of the Religion to please the disbelievers (or Ahlul-Bid’ah).

As for the Mudarat, it is permissible with need to do so.

Mudahana is to relinquish or foregoe something from the Religion.

Mudarat is giving them something to repel their evil without relinquishing anything from the Religion.

Ibn Al-Batal (rahimahullaah Ta’aala) said: “Mudarat is from the good characteristics of the believers, to be responsive to people even with a word, without being coarse with them in speech. This is one of the strongest causes of harmony. Some people think that Mudarat is Mudahana, and this is an error! As Mudara is regrettable, whereas Mudahana is prohibited.

The difference is Mudahana is taken from the word Dahan. A Dahan is a painter, who glosses over something and covers what is actually there. The scholars have explained it [Mudahana] as: lying with a sinner and openly displaying happiness with what he is doing without forbidding him at all.

Mudara is being kind with the ignorant in order to teach him, being kind to the sinner in order to forbid him what he’s doing without being harsh, so that he does not expose what he does, and forbidding him with gentle speech and action, especially if his comradship is needed and the likes of it.” [FatHul-Baari by Ibn Hajar, who quoted Ibn Battal]

Imam al-Qurtubi (rahimahullaah Ta’aala) said: “The difference between Mudara and Mudahana is that Mudara is to surrender the dunya for the benefit of the Deen, and it is permissible and even recommended. And Mudahana is leaving the Deen (or something of the Deen) for the dunya.”

Imam Ibnul-Qayyim (rahimahullaah Ta’aala) said:

“Therefore Mudara is praiseworthy, and Mudahana is censured. So there is a difference between the two. The one who is Mudari uses kindness with a person in order for the truth to manifest from the person or make him retract from falsehood.

The Mudahana (the flaterrer and comprimiser) uses kindness in order for the person to remain established upon falsehood and leaves him upon his desires. Mudara is for the people of Eeman, while Mudahana is for the hypocrites.“

Post Courtesy of Maher Attiyeh

Colour highlighting and indentation modified by AbdurRahman.Org

A Brief Overview of some Deviant Sects – Shaykh Ibn Uthaimeen (رحمه الله)

A Brief Overview of some Deviant Sects – Shaykh Ibn Uthaimeen (رحمه الله)

A Brief Overview of some Deviant Sects
AUTHOR: Imaam Muhammad bin Saalih Al-‘Uthaimeen

SOURCE: His explanation of Lum’at-ul-‘Itiqaad of Ibn Qudaamah (pg. 161-163)

PRODUCED BY: Al-Ibaanah.com
There are certain signs that indicate people of innovation, such as.
1. They attribute themselves to something other than Islaam and the Sunnah, due to what they have introduced from innovations in speech, action and belief.
2. They cling fanatically to their opinions and do not turn to the truth, even if it is clearly conveyed to them.
3. They hate the scholars of Islaam and the Religion.
From their groups are:
1. Ar-Raafidah – They are the ones who go to extremes with regard to the Members of the Household (Aali Bait). They declare the companions that opposed them as being disbelievers or they accuse them of evil (fisq). They are divided into many sects, among which are the extremists, who claim that ‘Alee is god, and among which are other than them. Their innovation first appeared during the Khilaafah of ‘Alee bin Abee Taalib when ‘Abdullaah bin Saba’ said to him: “You are God.” Due to this, ‘Alee commanded that they be set on fire. However, their leader, ‘Abdullaah bin Saba’, escaped to another city.
They hold various views concerning the Attributes of Allaah, so among them are those who performtashbeeh, those who perform ta’teel and those who are in conformity (with the correct view of the attributes). They are called the Raafidah because they rejected (rafd) Zayd bin ‘Alee Ibnul-Husayn bin ‘Alee bin Abee Taalib, when they asked him about Abu Bakr and ‘Umar and so he said “rahimahullaah” for both of them.
So they rejected him and distanced themselves from him. And they named themselves Shee’ah because of their claim and notion that they are taking sides (tashayu’) with the Aali Bait and that they support them and that they are reclaiming their right to Imaamship.
2. Al-Jahmiyyah – They attribute themselves to Al-Jahm bin Safwaan who was killed by Saalim or Salim bin Ahwaz in the year 121H. Their views concerning the Attributes of Allaah are composed ofta’teel (denial) and nafee (negation). Concerning Al-Qadar, they hold the opinion that mankind is coerced to do deeds (al-jabr).
Their view concerning Eemaan is that of Irjaa, which means that they believe Eemaan is merely the confirmation of the heart, and that statements and actions are not part of Eemaan. So according to them, someone who commits a major sin is a believer with complete Eemaan (i.e. Eemaan does not increase or decrease). So they are the Mu’atazilah, Jabariyyah and Murji’ah all in one and they are divided into many sects.
3. Al-Khawaarij – They are the ones who set out to kill ‘Alee bin Abee Taalib (radyAllaahu ‘anhu) due to his rulership. Their methodology consists of freeing themselves from ‘Uthmaan (radyAllaahu ‘anhu) and ‘Alee (radyAllaahu ‘anhu), setting out against the Imaam if he opposes the Sunnah and declaring disbelief upon the one who commits a major sin. They believe that this type of person will remain in the Hellfire forever. They are divided into numerous groups.
4. Al-Qadariyyah – Their methodology consists of negating Al-Qadar from the actions of the servant and that his desire and ability are independent from the Desire and Ability of Allaah. The first to manifest this view openly was Mu’bad Al-Juhnee, in the last part of the era of the Sahaabah. He learned it from a Majoosee man from Al-Basrah.
They are divided into two groups, one that is extreme and one that is not extreme. The extremist group rejects the attributes of knowledge, desire, ability and creating from Allaah in favor of the actions of the servant. This type of people has now become extinct or close to it. Those that are not extreme believe that Allaah is knowledgeable of the actions of the servant. However, they reject its occurring by His desire, ability and creating. This is what their belief is founded upon.
5. Al-Murji’ah – They believe that actions are deferred from Eemaan (Al-Irjaa). Thus actions, according to them, are not part of it. Eemaan is simply the complying of the heart. Thus the sinner, according to them, is a believer with complete Eemaan, even if he does what he does from the disobedient acts or he abandons what he abandons from the obedient acts. And if we ruled that someone that abandoned one of the commandments of the Religion is a disbeliever, then that would be due to the absence of the complying in his heart not due to his abandonment of that deed. These are the views of the Jahmiyyah. And it, along in comparison with the views of the Khawaarij, are the two opposite extremities.
6. Al-Mu’atazilah – They are the followers of Waasil bin Ataa’, who withdrew (‘Itizaal) from the gathering of Al-Hasan Al-Basree. He determined that the sinner is in a level between two levels. Thus, he is neither a believer nor a disbeliever, yet he will reside eternally in the Hellfire. ‘Amr bin ‘Ubaid followed him in that and their views concerning the Attributes of Allaah are based on ta’teel, like the Jahmiyyah, and concerning Al-Qadar, like that of the Qadariyyah.
They reject the relation of the Qadaa and the Qadar of Allaah to the actions of the servant. In regards to the one who commits a major sin, they hold that he will remain in the Hellfire forever and that he is extracted from the fold of Eemaan into a level between the two levels of belief and disbelief. Thus they oppose the views of the Jahmiyyah in regards to these two principles.
7. Al-Karaamiyyah – They are the followers of Muhammad bin Karaam, who died in 225H. They incline towards tashbeeh and hold the belief of Irjaa. They are further divided into numerous groups.
8. As-Saalimah – They are the followers of a man who was called Ibn Saalim. Their views consist of tashbeeh.
These are the groups mentioned by the author. He then said “And those similar to them”, such as the Ash’ariyyah. They are the followers of Abul-Hasan ‘Alee bin Ismaa’eel Al-Ash’aree. At first, he inclined towards the views of the Mu’tazilah sect, until he reached forty years of age. Then he openly announced his repentance from that to the public and exposed the falsehood of the Mu’tazilah. So he took hold of the methodology of the Ahl-us-Sunnah, may Allaah have mercy on him.
As for those who attribute themselves to him, they remained upon a specific methodology, which is known as the Ash’ariyyah sect. They do not confirm any of Allaah’s attributes, except seven, which they believe are proven by intellect. And they distort the meaning of the rest of them. The seven (they affirm) are the ones mentioned in this verse:
“He is Living, Knowing, Able and has Speech

Desire, and likewise Hearing and Seeing”
They also commit other innovations with regard to the meaning of Speech, Al-Qadar and other than that.
Published: July 11, 2004 | Modified: July 11, 2004

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Modern Day Deviant Groups : Shaikh Ahmad bin Yahyaa An-Najmee (رحمه الله)

Source: Al-Fataawaa al-Jaliyyah ‘anil-Manaahij Ad-Da’wiyyah (pg. 51-55).
Compiled by Hasan Ibn Mahmood Ibn Mansoor ad-Daghreeri.

Taken from Al-Ibaanah.com

Question: “Noble Shaikh Ahmad Ibn Yahyaa An-Najmee, may Allaah give you tawfeeq, there are found some books that include talk about these hizbee groups, which have incorporated a methodology that opposes the methodology of the Salaf in the fields of knowledge and action. And these books fall in between that which is large and difficult for the beginner to grasp of its content and between that which is short and contains little benefit. So O Shaikh, we hope that you can give us a clear but brief image of the most prominent of some of these methodologies’ founders and some of the issues they are criticized in. This is so that the Muslims can beware of falling into any part of that. And if you would be so kind O Shaikh as to direct the last of your talk to focusing on the true methodology, which every Muslim is obligated to follow…”

Answer: All praise be to Allaah, and may His peace and blessings be upon the most honorable of all creation, our prophet Muhammad, and on his family and Companions. To proceed:

Jamaa’at-ul-Ikhwaan al-Muslimoon (Muslim Brotherhood).

Definition of the Ikhwaan Al-Muslimoon:

They are the followers of Hasan Al-Bannaa. There are several points to be noted about their methodology, the most important of which are the following:

1. They show a lack of importance to Tawheed Al-‘Ibaadah [1], which is the most important matter in Islaam, since the Islaam of an individual is not valid without it.

2. They remain silent and concede to the people in their performance of major Shirk, supplication to other than Allaah, performance of tawaaf around graves, making oaths to the dead in the graves, sacrificing in their names and so on.

3. The founder of this methodology was a Sufi. He had a connection with Sufism to the point that he gave bay’ah (oath of allegiance) to ‘Abdul-Wahhaab Al-Khusaafee upon (following) his Khusaafee Shadh-lee order.

4. The presence of innovations amongst them and their worshipping Allaah through them – even to the point that the founder of this methodology acknowledged that the Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would attend their gatherings of dhikr and that he (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would forgive what past sins they had committed, as is found in his saying:

“May Allaah bless the one who upon light in which he appeared

To the worlds, and so he surpassed the sun and the moon

This habeeb (i.e. Muhammad) along with his beloved has gathered

And pardoned everyone in what sins they did in the past.”

5. They call to establishing the Khilaafah and this is an innovation because the Messengers and their followers were not entrusted with anything except to call to Tawheed. Allaah says: “And We have indeed sent to every nation a messenger, (saying to his people): ‘Worship Allaah and avoid the taaghoot (false deities).’” [Surah An-Nahl: 36].

6. They have a lack of Walaa and Baraa (loyalty and disavowment) or a weak form of it. This is made clear in their call to bring closeness between the Sunnis and the Shee’ah. And their founder was quoted as saying: “We will cooperate with one another in what we agree on and pardon one another in what we disagree on.”

7. They hate and despise the people of Tawheed and those who adhere to the Salafee Way. This is made clear in their talk concerning the Saudi state, which is founded upon Tawheed and which teaches Tawheed in its schools, institutes and universities. And it was made clear in their killing of Jameel Ar-Rahmaan Al-Afghaanee just because he called to Tawheed and because he had schools in which he would teach Tawheed.

8. They pursue the mistakes of the leaders and expose their faults – whether true or false – spreading them amongst the youth in order to make the leaders appear hateful to them and so that they can fill their hearts with contempt against them.

9. They hold detestable partisanship to the party they ascribe themselves to. So they show friendship based on this party and they show enmity based on this party.

10. They give their oath of allegiance to work for the Ikhwaani Manhaj according to the ten conditions that the founder has set forth. And there are other issues of concern, which perhaps can be dealt with at a later time.

The Qutubees.

They are a people that have read the books of Sayyid Qutb and accepted what is in them from truth and falsehood. So you will find them defending Sayyid Qutb when someone criticizes him, even if the truth is with the one criticizing.

It is well known that Sayyid Qutb was not from the men of religious knowledge. His original status was that he was an author. Then he adopted the beliefs of the Ash’arees – the belief of ta’weel (misinterpretation of Allaah’s Attributes), as did others among the learned people from Egypt. He has serious and vile errors, which the people of knowledge have refuted and exposed. But when they expose these errors, this results in the rage of the Qutubees befalling them by way of their criticizing, speaking ill and discrediting them. So Allaah is sufficient for us and He is the Best of Guardians.

So the basic principle is that: Men are known by way of the Haqq (truth) and the Haqq is not known by way of men. So it is obligatory on us to accept the truth and to worship Allaah, Lord of all worlds, by it, and to abandon everyone that treads an innovated methodology. And we must place as our role model, the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), his Khulafaa, his Companions, and those who followed them amongst the Imaams of guidance. And Allaah is the One who grants success.

The Suroorees.

The definition of the people who adhere and ascribe to this methodology:

The Suroorees are a group of people or a sect that ascribe themselves to Muhammad Suroor Zayn-ul-‘Aabideen. They have some aspects of the Sunnah and some aspects of Bid’ah (innovation) in them. The most important characteristics that can be noted from them are:

1. They attack the rulers and speak about them in a manner that results in evil, corruption and danger. It appears that they declare the leaders to be disbelievers, but this can only be understood by way of their circumstances and actions and cannot be picked up from their words. This is since the path they take is the path of the Khawaarij or close to it, knowing that the religious texts state the obligation of hearing and obeying the rulers.

And our rulers in this land (of Saudi Arabia) are Muslims – all praise be to Allaah. They use Allaah’s Legislation for judging in their court systems and they establish the prescribed punishments (hudood). So declaring them to be disbelievers or talking about them in a manner that leads to revolting and rebelling against them is considered a great form of causing corruption. Due to this, we must warn against those who adhere to this methodology or rid ourselves from them, especially since they have attacked the scholars of this land by reviling them, making slanderous remarks against them and accusing them of betraying the Deen. This matter indicates what they are behind.

2. They call to Jihaad, but they do not intend by it the Jihaad against the disbelievers. Rather it seems like they intend by it to change the leaders, knowing that we cannot rid the leaders of their errors. And we do not claim that they are infallible however we say: It is obligatory to obey them and to advise them in a private manner because they are Muslims. And the Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) forbade us from rebelling against the leader unless the one rebelling sees clear disbelief upon him by which he will have a proof from Allaah in the matter.

3. They claim that the scholars in this land do not understand the current affairs. And they can be refuted by the fact that the Muftees and the judges do not issue a fatwa in a single issue nor do they judge in a single matter except after coming to know its state of affairs, which encompasses it, such as the cause, the conditions for the ruling and its effects. So whoever claims that these scholars and judges do not understand the current affairs then he has wronged himself and spoken what is not permissible for him to say. As for knowing the plans and schemes of the enemies and so on, then this falls under the jurisdiction of each country’s army.

Jamaa’at-ut-Tableegh.

They are a people that follow Muhammad Ilyaas, the founder of this Jamaa’ah.

A biography of the founder: Muhammad Ilyaas was born in 1302H. He memorized the Qur’aan and read the Six Collections of Hadeeth. [2] He was upon the Deobandi methodology, taking the Hanafee madh-hab, the Ash’aree and Matureedee Creed and the Sufi way. They have four Sufi orders amongst them:

1. The Naqshabandees

2. The Sahroordees

3. The Qaadirees, and;

4. The Jishtees.

Shaikh Muhammad Ilyaas gave the Sufi bay’ah (oath of allegiance) to Shaikh Rasheed Al-Kankoohee, who later became Shaikh Rasheed As-Saharanpuree. Then he renewed it with Shaikh Ahmad As-Saharanpuree who certified him to take oaths of allegiance. Muhammad Ilyaas would sit in detached isolation (khalwah) by the grave of Shaikh Nur Muhammad Al-Badaayunee, in what is known as the Jishtee Muraaqabah (self meditation). And he would go out to the grave of ‘Abdul-Qudoos Al-Kankoohee, the one who forced the ideology of wahdat-ul-wujood [3] on him. He resided and taught in Delhi and passed away in 1363H.

Circumstances that brought about the start of the movement:

Shaikh Abul-Hasan An-Nadwee saw that Muhammad Ilyaas took refuge in this way of giving Da’wah when the ways of blind-following failed to rectify the people of his region. Shaikh Miyaan Muhammad Aslam quotes one of Ilyaas’ sayings that he received kashf (mystic disclosure) to follow this way through a dream in which he was inspired with a new tafseer (interpretation) of Allaah’s saying: “You were the best nation brought out for mankind, commanding good and forbidding evil and believing in Allaah.” [Surah Aali ‘Imraan: 110] And it was that going out (khurooj) to call people to the way of Allaah cannot be realized by staying in one place based on Allaah’s word “brought out” and that one’s Eemaan increases by going out in this khurooj based on Allaah’s saying: “and believing in Allaah” after having said: “brought out for mankind.”

The following can be noted from what has just been mentioned:

1. The Qur’aan is not interpreted by makshoofaat (mystical disclosures), and by Sufi dreams, of which the majority of them, rather all of them come from the inspirations of the Devil.

2. It is apparent from what was stated previously that the founder of this Jamaa’ah was engrossed in Sufism from head to toe. This is because he gave two oaths of allegiance on it and was tested by its false beliefs and because he would spend his time sitting by the graves of Sufis.

3. The founder of this Jamaa’ah was a qubooree (grave worshipper) and a khuraafee. This is clear from his saying: “…and he would sit in detached isolation (khalwah) by the grave of Shaikh Nur Muhammad Al-Badaayunee.” And concerning the second person, he mentioned that he forced the ideology of wahdat-ul-wujood on him. So his being attached to the grave of the one who forced the ideology of wahdat-ul-wujood on him is without doubt a clear proof that he held that same belief.

4. Those who believe in wahdat-ul-wujood claim that Allaah embodies Himself inside the attractive woman – and refuge is sought from Allaah! This is a matter that has reached the highest level of repulsiveness. May Allaah give them what they deserve of His curses and wrath!

The methodology of the Jamaa’at-ut-Tableegh can be summarized in six issues or six principles or six characteristics:

1. Actualizing the statement of Tawheed: “Laa Ilaaha Illaallaah Muhammadur Rasoolullaah” (There is no deity worthy of worship except Allaah and Muhammad is His Messenger).

2. Praying with full submissiveness and humility.

3. Knowledge of the Virtues (Fadaa’il) and not the Fiqh issues (Masaa’il) along with knowledge of dhikr.

4. Showing generosity to the Muslim.

5. Correcting the intention.

6. Calling to Allaah (i.e. Da’wah) and going out (i.e. khurooj) for that purpose in the Way of Allaah upon the tablighi manhaj.

There is an objective behind each of these six principles or characteristics as well as a virtue to be attained. So for example the objective behind (Laa Ilaaha IllaAllaah) is to: “Eradicate the corrupted yaqeen (Certainty) from the heart while placing the correct and valid yaqeen into the Essence (dhaat) of Allaah.” They really intend the belief of wahdat-ul-wujood with this.

Point to be noted about Jamaa’at-ut-Tableegh:

1. The founder of this Jamaa’ah was raised upon Sufism and gave two oaths of allegiance on it.

2. He would position himself by graves, waiting to receive Kashf (Sufi mystical disclosure) and meditative ideas from the deceased inside them.

3. He would perform the Jishtee Muraaqabah (self meditation) at the gravesite of ‘Abdul-Quddoos Al-Kankoohee, who used to believe in wahadat-ul-wujood.

4. The Jishtee Muraaqabah is to sit by a grave for half an hour of every week, covering the face and reciting this dhikr: “Allaahu Haadiree, Allaahu Naadhiree.” [4] This statement or this action if done sincerely for Allaah is an innovation. And if it is done for the person in the grave then it is committing Shirk with Allaah. And the last of the two is what is most evident.

5. They have four of their graves located in the masjid from where their Da’wah emerged.

6. The founder of this Jamaa’ah believed in Kashf.

7. The founder of this Jamaa’ah was a grave worshipper.

8. The Tablighis perform their worship with an innovated form of dhikr, done in the way of the Sufis. This is by splitting up the statement of Tawhheed (Laa Ilaaha IllaAllaah).

9. Whoever cuts off the negation part of the Statement of Tawheed from its affirmation part intentionally, by saying “Laa Ilaaha” (only), then this necessitates the fact that he has committed disbelief. Shaikh Hamood At-Tuwayjiree stated this, quoting it from the scholars.

10. They make it permissible to wear amulets that have on them mystical writings and names of unknown people, which probably are names of devils! And this is not permissible.

Footnotes:

[1] Translator’s Note: This is the category of Tawheed related to the Oneness of Allaah in the worship that is performed to Him, i.e. that we worship only Allaah and no one else.

[2] Translator’s Note: The hadeeth Collections of Al-Bukhaaree, Muslim, Abu Dawood, At-Tirmidhee, Ibn Maajah and Ahmad.

[3] Translator’s Note: Wahdatul-Wujood is the belief that Creator (Allaah) and the Creation is one existence.

[4] Translator’s Note: This has something with the meaning of “Allaah is my ever-Present Accompanier, Allaah is my Watcher”

Adhering to the Sunnah and Reviving it, warning against Bida’ and its People.

Adhering to the Sunnah and Reviving it, warning against Bida’ and its People.

Narrations of the Salaf Part 1 : Adhering to the Sunnah and Reviving it, warning against Bida’ and its People

Translated by Abbas Abu Yahya

1- From Ubay bin Ka’ab –RadhiAllaahu anhu- (d. around 30 A.H.) who said:

‘Upon you is to hold onto the correct path and the Sunnah, since indeed there is none from the slaves of Allaah who is upon the correct path and the Sunnah, and when he remembers Allaah Ta’ala whereby his eyes shed tears due to the fear of Allaah, then the Hell-fire will never touch him.’

[From ‘Zuhud’ by Abu Dawood/199]

2- Abdullah bin Mas’ood –RadhiAllaahu anhu- (d. around 33 A.H.) said:

‘Limiting oneself to the Sunnah is better than striving in Bida’ (innovations).’

[From ‘Zuhud’ by Ahmad/198]

3- Also by Abdullah bin Mas’ood –RadhiAllaahu anhu- (d. around 33 A.H.) that he said:

‘Follow and do not innovate because it is sufficient for you, and every Bida’ is misguidance.’

From Muhammad bin Muslim ibn Shihab Zuhri (d. 124 A.H.) that he said:

‘Adhering to the Sunnah is success.’

[From ‘Sharh Usool I’tiqaad Ahl-us-Sunnah’ al –Laalkaee 2/56]

4- From Hasan al-Basri (d.110 A.H.) who said:

‘Statements cannot be correct except with actions; Statements and actions cannot be correct except with an intention; and statements, actions and an intention cannot be correct except according to the Sunnah.’

[From ‘Sharh Usool I’tiqaad Ahl-us-Sunnah’ al –Laalkaee 2/57]

5- From AbdurRahmaan bin ‘Amr al-Aawza’i (d.156 A.H.) that he said:

‘We follow with the Sunnah, where ever it goes.’

[From ‘Sharh Usool I’tiqaad Ahl-us-Sunnah’ al –Laalkaee 2/64]

6- From Awn bin Abdullaah (d. around 110 A.H.) who said:

‘Whoever dies upon Islaam and the Sunnah, then he has the glad tidings of all that is good.’

[From ‘Sharh Usool I’tiqaad Ahl-us-Sunnah’ al –Laalkaee 2/67]

7- From Ibn Yahya who said:

‘There is no Path leading to Paradise except the path of those who follow the ‘Athaar (narrations).’

[From ‘Sharh Usool I’tiqaad Ahl-us-Sunnah’ al –Laalkaee 2/88]

8- From Mujahid (d. around 110 A.H.) who said:

‘The best worship is having a good opinion which means following the Sunnah.’

[From ‘Hileeyat Al-Awaaliyah’ 3/293 ]

9- From Wahab bin Munabih (d. around 110 A.H.) that he would say:

‘Tooba (a tree in Paradise) is for the one who looks at his own shortcomings rather than the shortcomings of others. Tooba is for the one who humbles himself for Allaah without degrading himself. May Allaah have Mercy on the people of humility and servitude. He gives charity for the wealth gathered in a Halaal way and sits with the people of knowledge and gentleness and wisdom, and the Sunnah is sufficient for him and does not transgress to Bida’.’

[From ‘Hileyat Al-Awaaliyah’ 4/67 ]

10- From Fudayl bin ‘Ayaad (d. around 180 A.H.) who said:

‘Follow the paths of guidance and the few who follow it, and it will not harm you. Beware of the paths of misguidance and do not be deceived by the large number of those destroyed.’

[From ‘al-‘Itissam’ 62 ]

11- From Muhammad Ibn Sireen (d. 110 A.H.) who said:

‘As long as a person is with the ‘Athaar then he is on the Siraat (correct path).’

[From ‘ash-Sharh wal-Ibaanah’161 ]

12- From Muhammad bin Muslim ibn Shihab Zuhri (d. 124 A.H.) who said:

‘Our scholars in the past would say: ‘Indeed adhering to the Sunnah is success.’

[From ‘Hileyat Al-Awaaliyah’]

13- From al-Fudayl bin ‘Ayaad (d. around 180 A.H.) that he would say:

‘Follow a good life: Islaam and the Sunnah.’

[From ‘ash-Sharh wal-Ibaanah’ 174 ]

14- From Muhammad bin AbdurRahmaan Ibn Abi Dhib (d. 157 A.H.) that he read a Hadeeth and it was said to him: ‘Do you take this opinion?’ So he hit the man’s chest and screamed. And he said: ‘I narrate to you from the Messenger of Allaah, (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) and you say that should I accept this? Yes I take this, and that is obligatory for me, and upon everyone who hears it. Indeed Allaah chose Muhammad (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) from the people and guided them by him, and upon his hands, so it is upon the creation to follow him, the obedient ones or the disobedient ones, there is no exit for the Muslim from this.’

[From: ‘Siyaar ‘Alaam an-Nubala’ 7/142 ]

15- From ar-Rabeeya’ bin Sulayman (d. 270 A.H.) who said:

‘A man asked ash- Shaafi’ee about a Hadeeth of the Prophet (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam), then the man said to him: ‘And what is your opinion?’

Imam ash- Shaafi’ee trembled, shuddered and said:

‘Which sky will shade me and which earth will carry me if I narrate a Hadeeth from the Messenger of Allaah -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- and say an opinion other than that of the Hadeeth.’ And he said: ‘If you find a Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- then follow it and do not turn to the saying of anyone.’

[From ‘Hileyat Al-Awaaliyah’ 9/107 ]

16- From Abu Uthmaan al-Hayree (d. 298 A.H.) that he said:

‘Whoever commands the Sunnah upon himself in statements and actions then he speaks with wisdom. And whoever commands al –Hawaa (following of desires) upon himself then he speaks with Bida’.

Allaah Ta’ala said:

<<If they obey you then they will be guided.>>’

[From: ‘Siyaar ‘Alaam an-Nubala’ 14/64 ]

17- From Ayoob as-Sahktiaani (d. 131 A.H.) who said:

‘Indeed from the happiest of the youth and non-Arabs is whom Allaah guides to a scholar from the people of the Sunnah.’

[From ‘Sharh Usool I’tiqaad Ahl-us-Sunnah’ al –Laalkaee 2/60 ]

18-From Ibraheem bin Ishaq bin Ibraheem al-Harbi (d. 285 A.H.) who said:

‘It is necessary for a man if he hears anything of the manners of the Prophet (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) that he holds onto it.’

[From ‘al-Jamia akhlaaq ar-Rawee’ 1/142 ]

19- From al-Hasan (d.110 A.H.) who said:

‘Acting upon a little of the Sunnah is better than acting upon a lot of Bida’.’

[From ‘Shu’ab al-Eemaan’ 7/952 ]

20- From Sa’eed bin al-Musayib (d. 93 A.H.) who said that he saw a man doing a lot of Ruku and Sujood [praying a lot of optional prayers] after the Fajr prayer, so he prohibited him from it. So the man said: ‘O Abu Muhammad, will Allaah punish me for the prayer?’

He answered: ‘No, but for opposing the Sunnah.’

[From ‘at-Tamheed’ 20/104 ]

21- From AbdurRahman bin Mahdi (d. 198 A.H.) that a group of the Ahl-ul-Bida’ were mentioned in front of him and their striving in worship, so he said:

‘Allaah will not accept except that which is upon the Deen and the Sunnah, then he recited: << But the Monasticism which they invented for themselves, We did not prescribe for them>> [Hadeed: 27] So Allaah did not accept that from them and he reprimanded them about it.’

[From ‘Hileyat Al-Awaaliyah’ 9/8 ]

22- From Jafar bin Ahmed bin Sinan (d. 307 A.H.) who said: ‘I heard my father saying:

‘There is not a Mubtadi’ except that he hates the companions of Hadeeth. And if a man innovates a Bida’ then the sweetness of the Hadeeth is torn out from his heart.’

[From: ‘Siyaar ‘Alaam an-Nubala’ 12/245]

23- From Sufyaan ibn Sa’eed ath-Thawri (d. 161 A.H.) who said:

‘Bida’ is more beloved to Iblees (Shaytaan) than sinning. One repents from sinning, and one does not repent from Bida’.’

[From ‘Sharh Usool I’tiqaad Ahl-us-Sunnah’ al –Laalkaee 132 ]

Collection of Principles of Bida – Shaykh al Albaani (رحمه الله)

Collection of Principles of Bida – Shaykh al Albaani (رحمه الله)

From the Works of The Muhaddith, Shaykh, Allamaa’ Muhammad Nasiruddeen al-Albaani (رحمه الله)
Translated by Abbas Abu Yahya

# Principles of Bida’ 1

Adhering to general texts which have not been implemented\acted upon is not from the Fiqh of the Salaf.

Shaykh Muhammad Nasiruddeen Albaani said:

‘Adhering to general texts which have not been acted upon, is not from the Fiqh(understanding) of the Salaf. Indeed every Bida’ which some people regard as being good, is generally taken from a general evidence.’

[Taken from: ‘Riyadh Saliheen’ researched by Shaykh Muhammad Nasiruddeen Albaani p.136 H#250]

# Principles of Bida’ 2

It is not a condition in order to reject every individual Bida’ that we need a narration conveyed with an authentic chain from one of the Salaf.

Shaykh Muhammad Nasiruddeen Albaani said during his refutation of Shaykh Al-Habshi, in his debate with him regarding the Bida’ of prayer beads:

‘. . . . . And is it a condition with the people of knowledge and intellect in rejecting every individual Bida’ that we should have a narration conveyed with an authentic chain from one of the Salaf rejecting every single Bida’? This is not something a person who has smelt the fragrance of knowledge says.’

[From: ‘ar-Radd ‘ala Taqeeb al-Hatheeth’ by Shaykh Albaani p.54]

# Principles of Bida’ 3

Shaykh Muhammad Nasiruddeen Albaani said:

Coming closer to Allaah Ta’ala cannot be done except with what Allaah has legislated.

From Anas bin Malik who said: I was sitting with Ubayy and Abu Talha, and we had just eaten meat and bread, then I called for water to make Wudu. Ubayy and Abu Talha said to me: ‘Why are you making Wudu?’

Anas said: ‘Because of this food we just ate.’

They said: ‘Do you make Wudu because of good things (food)?! One who was better than you(the Messenger -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam-), did not make Wudu after eating.’

[Collected by Ahmad, & Albaani said its Isnad is Jayyid]

Shaykh Muhammad Nasiruddeen Albaani commented:

‘This Athar (narration) indicates that the Companions would reject coming closer to Allaah- Ta’ala- with an action which the Messenger of Allaah -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- did not legislate whether with statements or actions, as for Anas being concerned with making Wudu for eating meat, then perhaps the saying of the Messenger -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- reached him: ‘Make Wudu for that meat which has been cooked on fire’, and it did not reach him that it had been abrogated and Allaah knows best.’

[From: Mishkat 1\107 #329]

# Principles of Bida’ 4

The Mubtadi’ is he who Exaggerates Worship.

Shaykh Muhammad Nasiruddeen Albaani said:

‘No one should presume that when we choose to limit ourselves to the Sunnah with regard to the amount of Rakat prayed during Taraweeh, and the impermissibility of increasing upon that, that we regard those from the preceding scholars and those who came after them as being misguided or that we see them as people of Bida’ because they don’t hold this opinion (of limiting to the Sunnah), as some of the people have presumed and believed that we see them as being misguided and they have then used that to justify attacking us!

This presumption of theirs, necessitates clarity, they assume that just because a matter is not allowed then it is automatically regarded as a Bida’, or that just because everyone who says it is permissible or recommended to pray more [in the Taraweeh prayer] that he is a misguided Mubtadi! We say no, never, this presumption is indeed false, and extreme ignorance. Because the Bida’ which a person is criticized for and the Ahadeeeth which are applied in curbing Bida’ are a result of the definition: ‘An invented way of religion which is similar to the Sharia’ but is not from it, intending to follow that way and exaggerating in the worship of Allaah -Subhanahu.’

Therefore, whoever innovates a Bida’ and intends by it exaggeration in worship, and he knows it is not from the Sharia’, then he is the type of person upon whom these Ahadeeth are applied. As for the one who falls into Bida’ unknowingly, and he did not intended exaggeration in worship, then those Ahadeeth do not include these people at all, and they do not concern them at all, rather they concern those Mubtada’ who stand in the way of disseminating the Sunnah, and regard all Bida’ as good, without knowledge or guidance, nor a clear Book, not even blindly following the people of knowledge and remembrance, rather they do this following desires and satisfying the common folk!’

[Taken from: ‘Salatul-Taraweeha’ p.35]

The Innovators Are Of Two Types (Al-Mubtadi’oon Qismaan) – Shaykh Ahmed Al-Wasaabee

The Innovators Are Of Two Types (Al-Mubtadi’oon Qismaan) – Shaykh Ahmed Al-Wasaabee

Class 44 of Lessons on Tawhid – from Dar-ul-Hadith, Dammaj, Yemen.

by Shaikh Muhammad ibn Abdul-Wahhab al-Wasabi (may Allah preserve him).

TRANSLATION OF THE TEXT IN AL-QAWL-UL-MUFEED FEE ADILLATIT TAWHEED:

Du’aah Ilaa Bid’atihim (Caller to the innovation).

Ghayr Du’aah Ilayhaa (Those who do not call to it).

See Hadee as-Saaree of al-Haafidh Ibn Hajar (rahimahullaah) page 385.

EXPLANATION OF THE TEXT BY SHAYKH AHMED AL-WASAABEE (HAFIDHAHULLAAH):

Shaykh Ahmed mentioned that the majority of the scholars are upon this division of the people of innovation:

– those who call to their innovation and;

– those who do not call to their innovation.

And it is mandatory upon us that we take caution from both categories. And the first category of people are more hazardous to the general people than the second category. And even the second category, those who do not call to their innovation, then caution must still be taken from them, for verily a person can be fooled by a particular persons’ statements and actions, because even though he may not be calling to his innovation directly and explicitly, but his actions and deeds are calling to his innovation, and this is very harmful to the slaves of Allaah, and they must take caution from this. And from the way of the Salaf was that they used to have complete caution from all types of people of innovation.

From Sa’eed ibn ‘Aamir who said: “I heard Ismaa’eel [i.e. Ibn Khaarijah] narrate, saying: ‘Two men from the people of the innovated sects came to Muhammad Ibn Seereen and said: “O Aboo Bakr we want to narrate something to you.” He said: “No.” They said: “Then may we recite an Aayah from Allaah’s book to you?” He said: “No, not even half of an Aayah!” He said: “Either you two get up and leave or I will get up.” So the two men stood up and left. So one of the people said: “What harm would it do to you for him to recite an Aayah?” He said: “I hated that he should recite an Aayah and that they would distort it and then it would enter my heart.” [Reported in Sharh Usool I’tiqaad Ahlis-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah of Imaam al-Laalikaa’ee, no. 242.]

So Shaykh Ahmed mentioned that Ibn Seereen (rahimahullaah) was scared that something might fall into his heart from the beautiful words of that person of innovation, even though he was not calling to his innovation. So the way of the Salaf is that the people of innovation, the Ahlul-Bid’ah, are not to be sat with, and they are not to be listened to, and Allaah (subhaanahu wa ta’aalaa) has made Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah in sufficiency, and there is no need for the people of innovation, whether they are calling to their innovation or are not calling to it.

And from the people are those who say concerning the people of innovation that we take from them [i.e. the Ahlul-Bid’ah] that which is good, and we leave off the evil that is with them. And Shaykh Ahmed (hafidhahullaah) mentioned that this is a false statement, and it is an incorrect statement. And what is correct is that we do not take from the people of innovation in entirety. And there are great dangers in this [i.e. this false statement that we take the good and leave the bad], and the Shaykh mentioned a story that one of the early Salaf wanted to marry a woman who was known to be from a sect of the Khawaarij. And he hoped that by marrying her he might win her over to the Sunnah, but when he did marry her, it turned out that in fact she had pulled him to the beliefs of the Khawaarij.

The Salaf And Their Position Towards The People of Innovation And Desires – Imaam al-Laalikaa’ee (رحمه الله)

The Salaf And Their Position Towards The People of Innovation And Desires – Imaam al-Laalikaa’ee (رحمه الله)

The Salaf And Their Position Towards The People of Innovation And Desires – Imaam al-Laalikaa’ee (d.418 H)

Source: Sharh Usool ul-I’tiqaad (Eng. Trans. by Dawud Burbank)

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The Consequences of Bida & Extremism in the Religion – Shaykh al Albaani (رحمه الله)

The Consequences of Bida & Extremism in the Religion – Shaykh al Albaani (رحمه الله)

Taken from ‘Silsilah Ahadeeth As-Saheehah’ By the Muhaddith, Shaykh, Allamaa’ Muhammad Nasir uddeen al-Albaani (رحمه الله)

Translated by Abbas Abu Yahya

2005 – ‘Indeed there people who read the Qur’aan, but it does not go pass their throats, they leave Islaam just like the arrow leaves the prey.’

Collected by ad-Darmi

From ‘Amroo bin Salamah: We were sitting by the door of Abdullaah ibn Mas’ood before lunch, so that if he came out, we could walk with him to the Masjid.

Abu Moosaa al-Ash’aree came and said: Has Abu Abdur-Rahmaan come out yet?

We said: No.

So, he sat down with us, waiting for him to come out, and when he came out, we all gathered towards him, and Abu Moosaa said:

‘O Abu Abdur-Rahmaan! Previously I saw something in the Masjid which I disliked. But, Alhamdulillaah, what I saw, was nothing but good.’

He said: What was it?

Abu Moosaa said, ‘If you live, you will see it.’

Then Abu Moosaa said, ‘I saw a group of people, sitting in circles waiting for the prayer. In every circle there was a man and in their hands were small stones and he would say: ‘Say Allaahu Akbar 100 times’ and they would say ‘Allaahu Akbar’ 100 times. Then, he would say, ‘Say laa ilaha ilAllaah 100 times’ and they would say ‘laa ilaha ilAllaah’ 100 times and he would say, ‘Say SubhaanAllaah’ 100 times and they would say ‘SubhaanAllaah’ 100 times.’

Abdullaah ibn Mas’ood said, ‘So what did you say to them?’

He said: ‘I did not say anything to them, rather I waited for your opinion [or ‘I waited for your command’].’

He said: ‘Why did you not command them to count their bad deeds [i.e. seek forgiveness from your deeds] and guarantee them that their good deeds would not be lost?!’

Then he walked and we walked with him until he reached one of those circles and he stood there and said, ‘What is this that I see you doing?’

They said: ‘O Abu Abdur-Rahmaan! These are nothing but small stones with which we are counting, saying ‘Allaahu Akbar, laa ilaaha illAllaah and SubhaanAllaah.’

He said, ‘Count your sins; I guarantee that you will not lose anything of your good deeds! Beware, O Ummah of Muhammad! How quick you are to your destruction!

Here we are, the Companions of your Prophet – abundant, everywhere and here is his clothing which has not been [wasted away] and his utensils have not been broken. I swear by Him in Whose Hand is my soul, either you are an Ummah more rightly-guided than the Ummah of Muhammad or you are opening the door of misguidance.’

They said; ‘We swear by Allaah, O Abu Abdur-Rahmaan, we did not intend anything but good.’

He said: ‘How many people intend good but never achieve it. Verily the Messenger of Allaah – narrated to us, ‘Indeed there will be a people who read the Qur’aan but it does not pass beyond their throats.’ I swear by Allaah, I do not know. Perhaps most of them are from amongst you.’

Then he went away.

‘Amroo bin Salamah said, ‘We saw some of those sitting in those circles fighting on the Day of Nahrawaan, along with the Khawaarij.’[1]

Shaykh al-Albaani (رحمه الله) mentions in the Takreej (research) of the above narration:

‘Indeed there is a lesson to be learnt from this narration, for those who follow Sufipaths and Dhikr gatherings which are against the Sunnah. When someone forbids an evil action that they perform they accuse him of forbidding Dhikr from its very foundation!

This is Kufr which no Muslim in this world should fall into; the evil action which they adhere to, from those forms of Dhikr and gatherings which, were not legislated at the time of the Prophet (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam), otherwise why would Ibn Masood (Radi Allaahu anhu) disapprove of those who were sitting in their gatherings?

Is it not, a gathering done on a specific day, and doing an amount of Dhikr which is not indicated by the Sharia’ but is listed by the Shaykh of the gathering, and he commands them with the amount of Dhikr that they should do from himself, as if he is a legislator on behalf of Allaah Ta’ala!

<< Or do they have partners with Allaah, who have instituted for them a religion which Allaah has not allowed. >>[2]

To add to this, the Sunnah which is established by the Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) verbally and practically is to perform the Tasbeeh (remembrance of Allaah) on your fingertips, as it is clear in ‘The refutation against al-Habshee’ and in other places.

From the benefits which can be reaped from the hadeeth and this story is; that the importance is not of performing a large amount of worship, but rather, is it according to the Sunnah and far away from Bida’.

Ibn Masood (Radi Allaahu anhu) also indicated to this point in his saying: ‘sticking to the Sunnah is better than striving in Bida’.’

And another benefit is: that a small Bida’ leads to a greater Bida’. Do you not see that those people from these gatherings afterwards became from the Khawaarij who were killed by the rightly guided Khalifah ‘Alee bin Abu Taalib? So is there anyone who will take heed?!’

[Taken from Silsilah Ahadeeth as-Saheehah by Shaykh al-Albaani (vol 5/2005)]

The ill Effects of Sin: Shaykh al-‘Uthaymeen (رحمه الله)

The ill Effects of Sin: Shaykh al-‘Uthaymeen (رحمه الله)

It was a khutbah given by him on the 12th of Muharram 1411AH which was published in Arabic and translated to English.

Translated by – Aboo Talhah Daawood ibn Ronald Burbank (رحمه الله)

All praise is for Allaah, in whose Hand is the dominion of the heavens and the earth. Sovereignty is His, all praise is for Him, and He is a witness of everything. All His prescribed laws and what He has decreed are from His Wisdom. He does whatever He wills and commands whatever He wishes. I testify that none has the right to be worshipped except Allaah alone, having no partner, the Guardian, the One Worthy of all Praise. I testify that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger, the last of the prophets and their leader and the best of worshippers; may Allaah extol and send complete peace upon his family, his Companions and those who follow them in goodness till the Day of Judgement.

To proceed…

Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, says, explaining His complete Power, and perfect Wisdom, that what He alone orders is what happens, and that He is the one governing and controlling His servants – granting security, fear, ease, hardship, facility, difficulty, straightened circumstances and prosperity… Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, says:

Whosoever is in the heavens and on earth begs of Him. Every day He has a matter to bring forth (such as giving honour to some, disgrace to some, life to some, death to some etc)!”

(Soorah ar-Rahmaan (55): 29)

So Allaah, the Most High, controls the affairs of His creation enforcing His rulings sometimes according to His Wisdom and Beneficience, and sometimes according to His Wisdom and Justice, and your Lord never treats anyone unjustly:

“We wronged them not, but they were wrong-doers.”

(Soorah az-Zukhruf (42): 76)

O Muslims:

Indeed we believe in Allaah and His predecree (Qadr), and belief in Allaah’s predecree is one of the pillars of eemaan.

(Eemaan is belief in the heart, saying of the tongue and action of the limbs.)

We believe that whatever good or state of ease and security comes upon us then it is from Allaah’s blessings upon us and it is an obligation upon us that we give praise and tahnks to the One who granted and provided that for us. This is done by returning to obedience to Him, avoiding whatever He forbade and doing whatever He ordered. If we carry out our duty of obedience to Allaah then we will be giving thanks for His blessings and would then deserve the increase in these blessings which Allaah has promised us from His bounty.

Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, says:

“And whatever of the blessings and good things you have, it is from Allaah.”

(Soorah an-Nahl (16):53)

and He, the Most High says:

“And (remember) when your Lord proclaimed: ‘If you give thanks, I will give you more (of My blessings), but if you are thankless, verily My punishment is indeed severe.’”

(Soorah Ibraaheem (14):7)

O Muslims:

Alhamdu’Lillaah (All Praise and thanks are for Allaah), we live in this land in a state of security and ease, but this state of security and ease cannot continue except through obedience to Allaah. As long as we order good and forbid evil, as long as we cooperate in ordering good and forbidding evil, since those who order good and forbid evil are at the forefront of the Ummah (Nation, the Muslims as a group), and they repel the causes of punishment and chastisement, so we should assist them and be with them. If they err we should inform them of their mistake and warn them about it and lead them to the guidance and not let their mistake become a reason to remove and distance them from this responsibility – that is not the correct way…

O Muslims:

Whatever harm and hardship has befallen the people in their wealth or security, individuals or societies is due to their sins and their having neglected the commands of Allaah and his prescribed laws, and their seeking judgement amongst the people by other than the prescribed laws of Allaah – who created all of creation and was more merciful to them than their mothers and fathers, and He is the One who knows better than themselves what is most beneficial for them.

O Muslims:

I repeat this sentence because of its importance and because many of the people turn away from it:

I say (meaning the Shaykh): whatever harm and hardship has befallen the people in their wealth or security, individuals or societies is due to their sins and their having neglected the commands of Allaah and his prescribed laws, and their seeking judgement amongst the people by other than the prescribed laws of Allaah – who created all of creation and was more merciful to them than their mothers and fathers, and He is the One who knows better than themselves what is most beneficial for them.

Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, says, explaining that in His Book, so that we may realise and take warning.

He, the Majestic and Most High, says:

“And whatever of misfortune befalls you, it is because of what your hands have earned. And He pardons much.”

(Soorah ash-Shoora (42):30)

“Whatever of good reaches you, is from Allaah, but whatever of evil befalls you, is from yourself.”

(Soorah an-Nisaa’ (4):79)

Whatever good comes upon us – blessings or security – it is from Allaah, it is He who provided that, its beginning and end, from His beneficience. It is He who granted us from His bounty that we should carry out what which would lead to it, and it is He who granted us His blessings and completed that for us…

As for whatever evil has befallen us, whether famine or fear, or whatever else causes harm, then it is due to our ownselves, we are the ones who have wronged ourselves and led ourselves to destruction.

O people:

Many people today attribute the misfortunes which befall them, whether relating to wealth and economics, or security and political affairs to purely materialistic causes, to political causes, economic reasons, or problems due to borders. There is no doubt that this is due to their limited understanding and weakness of their eemaan and their failure to reflect upon the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم.

O Muslims, Believers in Allaah and His Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم

Behind these reasons are causes prescribed as such by Allaah, reasons and causes for these misfortunes which are stronger, greater and produce a more severe effect than the material reasons. However the material reasons may be a means of bringing about what is due to the causes prescribed by Allaah which necessitates the misfortune and punishment.

Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic says:

“Evil (sins and disobedience of Allaah etc.) has appeared on the land and sea because of what the hands of men have earned (by oppression and evil deeds etc.), that Allaah may make them taste a part of that which they have done, in order that they may return (by repenting to Allaah).”

Soorah ar-Room (30):41

O people, O Muslims, O nation of Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم:

Give thanks for the blessings of Allaah upon you which you are about to hear of. O nation of Muhammd صلى الله عليه و سلم you are the best and most noble of the nations of Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic. Allaah does not punish this nation for its disobedience and sins in the way that He punished the previous nations. He will not cause its destruction with a single overwhelming punishment as happened to ‘Aad (See Soorah al-Haaqqah (69):6-7), when they were destroyed by the violent wind which He unleashed upon them for seven nights and eight days in succession so that they were left lying like the hollow trunks of palm trees – do you see any remnants of them? He will not destroy it with the like of the punishment of Thamood (See Soorah al-Haaqqah (69):5) who were seized by the terrible shout and the earthquake so that they lay prostrate corpses in their homes. And He will not destroy it with the like of the punishment of the people of Loot (See Soorah al-A’raaf (7):80-84), against whom Allaah sent a violent wind and stones from the sky and turned their homes upside down.

O Muslims:

Allaah, from His Wisdom and His Mercy, punishes this nation for its sins and disobedience by setting some part of it upon the others so that they destroy one another and take each other prisoner. Allaah, the Might and Majestic, says:

“Say: ‘He was power to send torment on you from above you or from under your feet, or to cover you with confusion in party strife, and make you to taste the violence of one another.’ See how variously We explain the Ayaat, (Aayaat, sing. aayaah: proofs; signs; evidences; lessons; ‘verses’), so that they may understand.

But your people (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم) have denied it (the Qur’aan) though it is the Truth. Say: ‘I am not responsible for your affairs.’ For every news there is a fact (i.e. for everthing there is an appointed term and you will come to know).”

(Soorah al-An’aam (6):65-66)

Al-Haafidh Ibn Katheer quotes a number of ahaadeeth – (ahaadeeth, sing. hadeeth: Sayings narrated from the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم, regarding his words, actions or attributes – in his Tafseer of the first aayah. From these is that reported by al-Bukhaaree from Jaabir ibn ‘Adbullaah (radhiyAllaahu ‘anhumaa) who said:

“When the (following) aayah was revelaed:

“Say: ‘He has power to send torment on you from above you…”

The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said:

‘I seek refuge with Your Face.’

“…or from under your feet…”

The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said:

‘I seek refuge with Your Face.’

‘or to cover you with confusion in party strife, and make you to taste the violence of one another.”

The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said:

‘This is lighter’ or ‘…easier.’”

(Reported by al-Bukhaaree in his Saheeh (Eng. trans. vol 6, p.120-121 no. 152)

It is reported by Muslim from Sa’d bin Abee Waqqaas (radhiyAllaahu ‘anhu) who said:

“We went along with Allaah’s Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم until we came to the mosque of Banoo Mu’aawiyah, so Allaah’s Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم entered and prayed two rak’ahs so we prayed along with him. So he called upon his Lord for a long time, then he said:

‘I asked my Lord for three things: I asked Him that He should not destroy my nartion with a deluge so He granted me that: I asked him that He should not destroy my nation with famine – as happend to the people of Fir’awn so He granted me that: and I asked Him that they should not fight amongst themselves – but He refused me that.”

From Khabbaab ibn al-Aratt, (radhiyAllaahu ‘anhu), who said:

“I came to Allaah’s Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم on a night in which he spent the whole of it in prayer until it was fajr, so Allaah’s Messenger concluded his prayer with tasleem. I said: ‘O Messneger of Allaah: You have prayed a prayer this night the like of which I have not seen you pray.’

Allaah’s Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم said:

‘Indeed it was a prayer of hope and fear. In it I asked my Lord, the Mighty and Majestic, for three things. He granted me two and refused me one. I asked my Lord, the Mighty and Majestic, that He should not destroy us with that which He destroyed the nations before us – and He granted it to me; I asked my Lord, the Mighty and Majestic, that He should not overwhelm us with an enemy from other than us – so He granted it to me; and I asked my Lord, the Mighty and Majestic, that He should not cause us to divide into separate groups each attacking the others, but He refused me that.’”

Reported by Imaam Ahmad, an-Nasaa’ee and at-Tirmidhee.

You believe in these Aayaat and you believe in the narrations which are authentic from Allaah’s Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم so why will you not reflect upon them? Why will you not reflect upon them?

Why will you not attribute these misfortunes which occur to deficiency in your own practice of the Deen so that you turn back to your Lord and save yourselves from the causes of overwhelming destruction?

So fear Allaah O servant of Allaah and look to your affairs and repent before your Lord and correct your way towards Him. Know O nation that these punishments which have come upon you and these trials that have been inflicted upon you are your own doing and due to your sins. So for each chastisement repent and turn to Allaah and seek the refuge of Allaah, the Most High, from the trials; the material trials relating to the person: killing, injury and being forced from ones home; trails relating to wealth: decrease and loss: and trails relating to the Deen (the way of life prescribed by Allaah) – the doubts and desires which assail the hearts and keep the Ummah away from the Deen of Allaah, and keep it away from the way of our Pious Predecessors (Salaf) and which lead it to destruction. The trials of the heart are the worst and the most severe of all the trials in this world since worldly misfortunes when they occur can only cause loss in this world, which will pass away anyway, whether sooner or later but trials relating to the Deen cause loss of this world and the Hereafter:

“Say (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم) : The losers are those who will lose themselves and their families on the Day of Resurrection. Verily, that will be a manifest loss!”

(Soorah az-Zumar (39):15)

O Allaah, we ask you whilst awaiting fulfilment of one of the duties You have made obligatory upon us – that You make us of those who take heed of Your Signs and receive admonition when Your punishment descends.

O Allaah, grant that the Islamic Ummah and its leaders truly turn back to You in open and in secret, in their sayings and their actions so that the Ummah is rectified, since rectitude of the rulers is a cause of the rectitude of the Ummah.

O Allaah, we ask you that You rectify those in charge of the affairs of the Muslims and that You grant that they are able to take heed from events and that You direct them to that which You love and is pleasing to You – O Lord of the worlds.

O Allaah, we ask You that you keep away from them every evil adviser – indeed You have full power over everything.

O Allaah, guide them through good advisers to that which is good – those who will advise them and encourage them in good – O Lord of all the worlds.

O Allaah, whoever amongst the advisers of those in authority over the Muslims is not a sincere adviser to them, and is not sincere to the people them remove them and replace them with those who are better than them – O Lord of all the worlds. O Possessor of Majesty and Nobility.

All praise is for Allaah, Lord of all the worlds, and may He extol and send peace upon our Prophet Muhammad, upon his family, true followers and all his Companions.

Aameen.

The Second Khutbah

All praise is for Allaah, many pure and blessed praises as our Lord loves and is pleased with, and I testify that none has the right to be worshipped except Allaah, alone, having no partner. All praise is for Him at the begginning and the end. I testify that Muhammad is His slave and His Messenger, the one whom He chose and took as His khaleel, may Allaah extol him and send peace upon him, his family, followers, Companions and those who follow in his way.

To proceed:

O servant of Allaah! Fear Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, and beware of neglecting the prescribed laws of Allaah… beware of neglecting Allaah’s signs… beware of failing to reflect upon the Book of Allaah… beware of failing to know the Sunnah of Allaah’s Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم – since in the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم lies your success (if you cling to them if you attest to the truth of what they inform of and followe their commands) in this world and the hereafter.

Servants of Allaah…

There are some people who doubt and seek to cause doubts that sins are a cause of misfortunes, and that is because of the weakness of their eemaan and their negligence in reflecting upon the Book of Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, and I will recite for the benefit of such people the saying of Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic:

“And if the people of the towns had believed and had taqaa (piety), certainly, We should have opened for them blessings from the heavens and the earth, but they belied (the Messengers). So we took them (with punishment) for what they used to earn (polytheism, and crimes etc.). Did the people of the towns them feel secure against the coming of Our punishment by night while they are asleep? Or, did the people of the towns then feel secure agains the coming of Our punishment in the forenoon while they play? Did they then feel secure against the plot of Allaah. None feels secure from the plot of Allaah except the people who are lost.”

(Soorah al-A’raaf (7):96-99)

One of the Pious Predecessors (Salaf) said:

“If you see Allaah grant blessings to a certain person, and then you see that person continuing in disobedience to Him, then know that this is from Allaah’s plan against him and that he is referred to by Allaah, the most Highs, saying:

“We shall gradually seize them with punishment in ways they perceive not. And I respite them; certainly My plot is strong.”

(Soorah al-A’raaf (7):182-183)

O Muslims, O worshippers of Allaah:

By Allaah, sins affect the security of a land; they affect its ease; its prosperity; its economy; and they affect the hearts of its people. Sins cause alienation between the people. Sins cause one Muslim to regard his Muslim brother as if he were upon a separate religion other than Islaam.

But if we sought to rectify ourselves, our families, our neighbours and those in our areas, and everyone we are able to rectify, if we mutually encouraged good and forbade evil, if we assisted those who do this with wisdom and wise admonition – then it would produce unity and harmony. Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, says:

“Let there arise out of you a group of people inviting all that is good (Islaam), enjoining the ma’roof and forbiddin the munkar. And it is those who are successful. And be not as those who divided and differed among themselves after the clear proofs had come to them. It is they for whom there is an awful torment.”

Quote:

Ma’roof: Tawheed (making all worship for Allaah alone) and all that Islaam orders one to do. Munkar: Shirk (associating others with Allaah in worship), Kufr (disbelief) and all that Islaam has forbidden).

(Soorah Aali-‘Imraan (3):104-105)

I call myself and you, O my brothers, to come together upon the Deen of Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic; support one another in establishing the Sharee’ah of Allaah; advise each other sincerely with wisdom and wise admonition; debate with those whom we have to debate with in the best way and by satisfying them with textual proofs and intellectual proofs and do not abandon the people of false beliefs upon their falsehood since they have a right upon us that we should explain the truth to them and encourage them to follow it and that we explain what is false to them and warn against it.

But as for remaining a disunited nation having no regard for one another and not caring about the affairs of each then whoever does not care about the Muslims is not from them.

O Muslims, I say and repeat that it is binding upon us, being Muslims and Believers that we see the occurences and misfortunes from the Islamic perspective as shown by the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم. Since if we look at them from a materialistic perspective then the unbelievers are stronger and greater than us in the materialistic sense and they hold sway over us and enslave us through that. However, if we look from an Islamic perspective by the way of the Book and the Sunnah then we will abandon all that is a cause of these misfortunes, and if we return to Allaah and aid the Deen of Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, then Allaah says in His Book, and He is the most truthful in speech and most capable, He, the Mighty and Majestic saus:

“Verily, Allaah will help those who help His (cause). Truly, Allaah is All-Strong, All-Mighty. Those (Muslim rulers) who, if We give htem power in the land, (they) order the establishment of prayer and the payment of Zakaat (the obligatory charity), and they enjoin the ma’roof and forbid the munkar. And with Allaah rests the end of (all) matters (of the creatures).”

(Soorah al-Hajj (22):40-41)

He did not say “those whom if We give them power in the earth establish arenas of sin, idle, frivolity and shamelessness” rather he said:

“Those (Muslim rulers) who, if We give htem power in the land, (they) order the establishment of prayer and the payment of Zakaat (the obligatory charity), and they enjoin the ma’roof and forbid the munkar. And with Allaah rests the end of (all) matters (of the creatures).”

Consider carefully, O Muslim brother, how Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, said:

“Verily, Allaah will help those who help His (cause). Truly, Allaah is All-Strong, All-Mighty.”

He stressed this promise of help with terms of emphasis: an implicit oath, the letter laam of emphasis, and the noon of emphasis. He further emphasized it by His saying:

“Truly, Allaah is All-Strong, All-Mighty.”

Since by His Power and His Might He helps those whom He wills, and consider how He ended the two Aayahs with His saying:

“And with Allaah rests the end of (all) matters (of the creatures).”

So a person may say due to his faulty thinking: “how can we be aided and granted victory against the unbelieving nations which are stronger and more powerful than us.” So Allaah, the Most High, explains that the affairs are under His control only and that He has power over everything. We all know what affect earthquakes have – occurring when Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, has ordered:

“Be! and it is.”

(Soorah an-Nahl (16):40)

– and such huge and embracing destruction occurs in a single second as cannot be produced by the strongest of these nations.

By Allaah, if we truly aided Allaah’s Deen as we aught to them we would be granted victory over every enemy upon the earth, but unfortunately many of us are appendages of the enemies of Allaah and the enemies of His Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم – observing their actions against Allaah and His Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم then following them in that. Perhaps even going to their lands and tossing our flesh and blood – sons and daughters – into those lands where nothing heard but church bells… where in no adhaan (call to prayer) is heard… no mention of Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, is heard… and nothing is seen except sin and idle frivolity…

So we ask Allaah, the Most High, that He turns the misguided of this Ummah back to the guidance, and that He makes us all to support one another and aid one another in carrying out good and righteousness until we return to this Ummah its lost glory and honour. Indeed He is one fully able and having this power to do that.

O Allaah accept from us (our righteous deeds). Indeed You are the one who hears and knows everything.

O Allaah accept from us (our righteous deeds). Indeed You are the one who hears and knows everything.

O Allaah accept from us (our righteous deeds). Indeed You are the one who hears and knows everything.

O Allaah, extol Muhammad and his true followers and family as You extolled Ibraaheem and the family of Ibraaheem. Indeed You are worthy of all praise, the most noble.

O Allaah, send blessings upon Muhammad and upon his true followers and family as You are Worthy of all Praise, the Most Noble.

All Major Innovations and Deviations Begin Small and Insignificant – Imam Barbahaaree (رحمه الله)

All Major Innovations and Deviations Begin Small and Insignificant – Imam Barbahaaree (رحمه الله)

All Major Innovations and Deviations Begin Small and Insignificant Beware of small innovations because they grow until they become large.[1]

This is the case with every innovation introduced in this Ummah. It began as something small, bearing resemblance to the truth which is why those who entered it were mislead and then were unable to leave it. So it grew and became the religion which they followed and thus deviated from the Straight Path and left Islaam.[2]

[1] A striking example of how small innovations lead a person into committing major innovations is found in the narration reported by ad-Daarimee in his Sunan (1/79)

al-Hakam bin al-Mubaarak informed us that Amr ibn Yahyaa said my father related from his father who said:

“We used to sit by the door of ‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ood before the Salaatul Ghadaat (morning prayer), so that when he came out we would walk with him to the masjid. (One day) Aboo Moosaa al-Ash’aree came to us and said, “Has Aboo ‘Abdur-Rahmaan come out yet?” We replied, “No.” Therefore, he sat down with us until he came out. When he came out, we all stood along with him, so Abu Moosaa said to him, “O Aboo ‘Abdur-Rahmaan I have just seen something in the masjid which I deemed to be evil, but all praise is for Allaah, I did not see anything except good!”

He inquired, “Then what is it?”

(Aboo Moosaa) replied, “If you live you will see it. I saw in the masjid people sitting in circles awaiting the Prayer. In each circle they had pebbles in their hands and a man would say ‘repeat Allaahu Akbar a hundred times.’ So they would repeat it a hundred times. Then he would say, ‘say Laa ilaaha illallaah a hundred times.’ So they would say it a hundred times. Then he would say, ‘say Subhaanallaah a hundred times.’ So they would say it a hundred times.”

(Ibn Mas’ood) asked, “What did you say to them?”

(Aboo Moosaa) said, “I did not say anything to them. Instead I waited to hear you view or what you declared.”

(Ibn Mas’ood) replied, “Would that you had ordered them to count up the evil deeds they acquired and assured them that their good deeds would not be lost!”

Then we went along with him (Ibn Mas’ood) until he came to one of these circles and stood and said,

“What is this which I see you doing?”

They replied, “O Aboo ‘Abdur-Rahmaan (Ibn Mas’ood)! These are pebbles upon which we are counting takbeer, tahleel and tasbeeh.”

He said, “(You should) count your evil deeds and I will assure you that none of your good deeds will be lost. Woe to you, O Ummah of Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam)! How quickly you are rushing to your destruction! These are the Companions of your Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) and who are widespread (and numerous). There are his clothes which have not yet decayed and his eating utensils which are unbroken. By Him in Whose Hand is my soul! Either you are upon a deen better guided than the Deen of Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) or that you are opening the door of misguidance (from this bid’ah).”

They said, “O Aboo Abdur-Rahmaan (Ibn Mas’ood)! By Allaah, we only intended good.”

He said, “How many there are who intend good but do not achieve it. Indeed Allaah’s Messenger said to us ‘A people will recite the Qur’aan but it will not pass beyond their throats.’ By Allaah! I do not know, perhaps most of them are from you.” Then he left them.

Umar ibn Salamah (the sub-narrator) said: “We saw most of those people fighting against us on the day of Nahrawaan, along with the Khawaarij.”

From the introduction of ad-Daarimee, volume one, page 73 with an authentic chain.

[2] The scholars differentiate between those innovations which take a person outside the fold of Islaam (al-Bid’atul-Mukaffirah) and those which do not. So this is not to be understood unrestrictedly.

Reference for above: “Explanation of the Creed” of Al-Barbahaaree (translated By Abu Talhah Dawud Burbank) on page 5