In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy
After making a mention of some of the methods utilized by the people of bidah, and that an innovator causes more harm than a sinner because he (the innovator) corrupts both the Religion and the people, Al-Allaamah Rabee Bin Haadee Al-Madkhalee (May Allaah preserve him) then stated:
And for that reason, we see that Allaah (Tabaaraka-Wata-Aalaa) waged a more severe war against the Jewish Rabbis, the Christian Monks and the evil scholars amongst them than He has against the Tyrannical Rulers. Why is that the case?; because the misguidance and corruption of the (Tyrannical Rulers) is well known and is clear to the people, but these (Rabbis, Monks and evil scholars) confound truth with falsehood, as He (Tabaa-raka-wata-Aalaa) said: ”Why do you mix truth with falsehood and conceal the truth while you know.’ [3:71)
This is the condition of ahlul bidah (i.e. the people who innovate in the religion). They possess something of the truth, or they possess something of misguidance and mix it with the truth until deceitful paths are spread. Allaah is more knowledgeable about His slaves, and see how many (times/instances) the Jews and their scholars and the Christians have been censured, rebuked, cautioned and disparaged. Why is that the case?; because they corrupted the Religion of Allaah.
This is the state of affairs of the people of bidah. They have a share of this rebuke which Allaah (Tabaaraka-Wata-Aalaa) directed towards the Jews and the Christians. The proof (for this) is the saying of the Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam): ”You will follow the ways of those who came before you exactly in the same fashion to the extent that if they were to enter a lizard’s hole you will (also) enter it”
Indeed the people of innovation have fallen into this evil, and they have followed the Jews in their false interpretations, distortions and lies, and in their spreading and publicising falsehood. They have shared in all these affairs with the (Jews and Christians. So there is a strong resemblance between them and these (Jews and Christians). Indeed the Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) informed (us) that they will follow the ways of the (Jews and Christians)
[Source: ‘Al Mawqiful Saheeh Min Ahlul Bidah’, (page:22-24) by Sheikh Rabee Bin Haadee Al Madkhalee (May Allaah preserve him)]
Translated: Abu Mu-aawiyyah (Abdullaah Al-Gambi)