In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.
Manipulation, concealment, lying and deception became Abu Usaama’s second skin since when he started defending Mubtadi’ah and could not argue against the Salafiyyoon based on unambiguous Proofs. Imaam Ibnul Qayyim [rahimahullaah] said: When a proof that supports the truth is manifested and the one who wants to repel it finds no way of doing so, he refrains from mentioning it and thus becomes a silent devil, and sometimes he distorts it. Distortion is of two types: Distorting words and distorting meanings. Distorting words is when one utters a word in a context in which it does not establish the truth – either adding to the word or omitting something from it, or substituting it with something else- to the extent that the listener is made to believe something, whilst something else is intended by it, just as the Yahood [i.e. those Yahood who disbelieved in the Prophet & hated him] used to distort words when giving Salaam to the Prophet [i.e. saying As-Saamu Alayka (death be upon you), instead of saying Assalaamu alaykum)].
This is one type of distortion. The second type of distortion is related to meanings – distorting the wording; giving it an interpretation that is not intended by the one who uttered it and pretending not to know its unintended meaning; or dropping other meanings intended by it etc. Allaah [The Most High] said: [وَإِن تَلۡوُ ۥۤاْ أَوۡ تُعۡرِضُواْ فَإِنَّ ٱللَّهَ كَانَ بِمَا تَعۡمَلُونَ خَبِيرً۬ا – and if you distort your witness or refuse to give it, verily, Allah is Ever Well-Acquainted with what you do]”. [Ref 1]
In his deceptive reply to the Friday incident at Al-Markazus Salafi- the liar and Bid’ee (Abu Usaamah)- mentioned a principle by way of which he sought to establish yet again a trick utilised by ahlul bidah- narrating only what benefits him, concealed what would have exposed his deviations and portrayed us as people who propagate a particular principle of Bidah, which is that – according to Abu Usaamah (the Bid’ee) – we declared him a man of Bidah simply because he does not declare Al-Maribi a Mubtadi; and this- according to Abu Usaamah- is a principle of Bidah we propagate because we declared him a Bid’ee solely due to the fact that he refuses to declare al-Maribi a Mubtadi!!!
Firstly: We do not know a single Salafi who preceded the Salafi scholars in declaring Abu Usaama a man of bidah; rather his affair was made known to Shaikh Ahmad An-Najmi (rahimahullaah) and the verdict was passed against him. [See here: https://salaficentre.com/2016/04/What-Really-was-said-by-Shaykh-Ahmad-Najmi-about-Abu-Usaamah-Dhahabi ]
Secondly: He deliberately sought to conceal the knowledge base clarification regarding this affair in order to deceitfully slander Salafiyyoon, just as he attempted to conceal, lie and distort whilst seeking to slander Ustaadh Abu Khadeejah in the past. [ See here: http://www.salafitalk.com/threads/1216-A-Response-to-the-Deceit-of-Abu-Usaamah-Khalifah-and-His-Lying-Tongue ]
Thirdly: Indeed, what Abu Usaama sought to conceal from the unsuspecting listeners will be revealed as follows In-Shaa-Allaah. Shaikh Rabee Bin Haadi [may Allaah preserve him] was asked: “The principle: whoever does not declare an innovator as an innovation, he (himself) is an innovator; some people say that this principle is strange; (or alien to Salafiyyah)]”; so, the Shaikh [may Allaah preserve him] replied: “It is not correct to apply this principle unrestrictedly because it maybe that he is unaware of the Bidah committed by that person, therefore he refrains from declaring him an innovator due to Wara [i.e. out of fearing of entering into something doubtful which might harm him in the afterlife].
Why should you declare him an innovator? [i.e. why should you declare him an innovator when it is the case that he is unaware of the bidah of that Mubtadi or refrains from making Tabdee out of Wara]. But if he knows the innovator, [i.e. knows that such a person is upon bidah and the evidence was established against him], loves him and allies with him, then he is a Mubtadi. This is the distinction in this affair – he knows that that person is a Mubtadi but he aids him and wages war against Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaa’ah, then he is a Mubtadi without a doubt. As for a person who does not know that such and such person is a Mubtadi, he is not to be declared an innovator.
You [i.e. the scholar or student of knowledge who is qualified to make Tabdee] – the one who studied the affair of [that person] and you know that he allies with a Mubtadi, puts him in a favourable position, wages war against Ahlus Sunnah for the sake of that Mubtadi and for the sake of this falsehood, this person is a Mubtadi; misguided. As for the person who does not know that indeed such and such person is a Mubtadi, then advise him and clarify for him [i.e. with clear unambiguous proofs until he understands] that such person is a Mubtadi. So, unless he ceases [i.e. refrains from defending this mubtadi after understanding the evidences], then put him with his companion – the Mubtadi”. [Ref 2]
This detail clarification by Shaikh Rabee [hafidhahullaah] is what the deceitful Bid’ee (Abu Usaamah) intentionally and deceitfully sought to conceal in order to deceive his listeners and slander the Salafiyyoon- that he was declared a man of Bidah merely based on the fact that he refuses to make Tabdee of Al-Maribi; rather he openly defended Al-Maribi (The Mubtadi), persisted in defending him and openly attacked the Salafiyyoon, so a verdict was given against him by ShaikhAhmad[rahimahullaah].[Seehere: https://salaficentre.com/2016/04/What-Really-was-said-by-Shaykh-Ahmad-Najmi-about-Abu-Usaamah-Dhahabi
Indeed, manipulation, concealment, lies and deception became Abu Usaama’s second skin when he started defending Mubtadi’ah and could not argue with the Salafiyyoon based on any evidence. Imaam Ibnul Qayyim [rahimahullaah] said: “When a proof that supports the truth is manifested and the one who wants to repel it finds no way of doing so, he refrains from mentioning it and thus becomes a silent devil, and sometimes he distorts it”. May Allaah guide Abu Usaamah or protect us from him and his ilk, such as the likes of Abdul Haqq Baker, Muhammad Hijaab and other deviant slanderers Aameen.
Ref 1: [Source: An Excerpt from ‘Badaa’i At-Tafseer Al-Jaami Limaa Fassarahu Al-Imaam Ibnul Qayyim (rahimahullaah). Vol 1. Page 300-303. slightly paraphrased]
Ref 2: [Source: An Excerpt from ‘Awnul Baari 2/891. slightly paraphrased]