Wednesday, December 12, 2007

The Status of Ahlul bidah

Ibn Al-Jawzee (Rahimahullah) said:
"Abul-Wafaa 'Alee Ibn 'Aqeel said: 'Our Shaikh Abul-Fadl Al-Hamdhaanee said: 'The innovators in Islaam and the fabricators of ahaadeeth are worse than the disbelievers. This is because the disbelievers attempt to corrupt the Religion from the outside, whereas these individuals attempt to corrupt it from the inside. They take the similitude of the inhabitants of a land, who strive to corrupt its condition (from the inside), while the disbelievers take the similitude of raiders laying siege to the land from the outside. Thus it is the ones on the inside that open the doors of the land's surrounding barrier (and let the besiegers in). These types (of people) are far worse to Islaam than the ones who don't attribute themselves to it."

Al-Mawdoo'aat: 1/51

Taqee-ud-Deen Abu Muhammad 'Abd-ul-Ghanee Al-Maqdisee (Rahimahullah) said concerning the various groups:

"Know, may Allaah have mercy on you, that Islaam and its adherents are undermined by three types of groups: 1) The first type reject the ahaadeeth concerning Allaah's attributes and declare their narrators to be liars. These individuals are more harmful to Islaam and its adherents than the disbelievers. 2) Another group believes them to be authentic and accepts them, however, they distort their meaning. These people are far worse in harm than the first group. 3) The third type of group combines the first two views. According to their claims they eliminate any anthropomorphic qualities to Allaah, while they are lying. This directs them to accept the first two views. And they are more greater in danger than the first two groups."
'Aqeedat-ul-Haafidh 'Abd-ul-Ghanee: pg. 121

Shaikh-ul-Islaam Ibn Taimiyyah (Rahimahullah) said:
"This is the reality of the statement of those from the Salaf and the people of knowledge that say: ‘Verily, the ones who called towards innovations are not to have their testimony accepted. Nor should they be followed in prayer. Nor should knowledge be taken from them. Nor should they be given women in marriage.' This is their recompense, until they stop what they are doing. Due to this, it must be noted that there is a difference between one who calls towards innovations and one who doesn't call to it (but yet is still an innovator). The one who calls to it, publicly displays his evil and thus it is necessary to punish him, as opposed to the one who conceals his innovation. Indeed, this latter one is only as evil as the hypocrites – those whom the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) used to accept their open proclamations (of Faith) and entrust their secret proclamations to Allaah, while possessing knowledge of the condition of most of them."
Majmoo'-ul-Fataawaa (28/520)

"Shaikh Muwaffiq-ud-Deen (i.e. Ibn Qudaamah) (Rahimahullah) 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)

Imaam Al-Baghawee (Rahimahullah) said:
"The Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) has informed us that this ummah would divide into groups, and that desires and innovations would appear amongst them. And he (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) declared salvation for whosoever follows his Sunnah and the Sunnah of his companions RAA. So it is a must upon every Muslim, when he sees a man dispersing any type of vain desire or innovation knowingly, or he is scorning any part of the Sunnah, to abandon him and free himself of him, whether he is dead or alive. Thus, he does not greet him with Salaam when he encounters him nor does he respond to him if he is greeted initially. He is to continue doing this until that individual abandons his innovation and returns to the truth. As for the forbiddance of abandoning (i.e. making Hijrah from) one's brother for more than three days, then that is in regards to a disagreement that occurs between two people in respect to matters of companionship or family ties. It is not in regards to the Religion, for indeed, abandoning the people of vain desires and innovations is unending, until they repent."
Sharh-us-Sunnah (1/227)

'Abdullaah ibn 'Umar as-Sarkhusee (Rahimahullah) - the scholar of al-Khazar - said: I ate a single meal with an innovator and Ibn al-Mubaarak heard of it so he said : "I will not speak to him for thirty days."

Ibraaheem [i.e. an-Nakha'ee] (Rahimahullah) said: "There is no backbiting regarding an innovator."

al-Hasan al-Basree (Rahimahullah), said: "There are three who have no inviolability with regard to backbiting: o­ne of them is the person of innovation who calls to his innovation."

From Katheer, Aboo Sahl (Rahimahullah) said: "It is said that there is no inviolability for the people of innovated sects."

'Abdullaah ibn al-Mubaarak (Rahimahullah) said: "The person of innovation has darkness in his face even if he anoints it thirty times a day."

Compiled by Yusuf Atiff Diab

taken from
Imam al-Laalikaa'ee Source: Sharh Usool ul-I'tiqaad (Eng. Trans. by Dawud Burbank)