In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.
Categorising the people and attributing them to their creeds, religions and characteristics – with respect to [passing] judgement and [establishing] principles – is neither an innovated nor a new (aspect) of knowledge; rather it is knowledge of Jarh Wat Tadeel [the science of criticism and commendation in Islam] and it will not cease in this Ummah as long as night and day exists. Whoever seeks [or desires, wishes] to extinguish the light of this discipline for sake of his Hizb [party] or out of fearing for his beloved ones – those who have been disparaged justifiably – then indeed he is a misguided person, one who misguides others etc.
Categorising the people based on truth and clear-sightedness is a protection for Allaah’s Religion. It is a soldier among the soldiers of Allaah [i.e. in this case it is a safeguard given to this Ummah] by way of which the distortions of those who go beyond bounds, the false claims of the falsifiers [or liars] and the false interpretations of the ignorant ones are repelled, [and likewise] the deviations of the innovators, the plots of the Khawaarij and all the [deviant] sects that emerge from the Ummah of As-Saadiq Al-Ameen [i.e. The Truthful and Trustworthy One (The Messenger -sallal laahu alayhi wasallam)] [Ref 1]
As for those who are followed-those who set up principles of bidah and call the people to their bidah and misguidance–then indeed they are marked with the bidah they innovated and call the people to, and for them there is no honour. [Ref 2] The Mubtadi [innovator] is the cause for the splitting [in the Ummah], because splitting is connected to innovation and unity [upon the sound creed and methodology of the Salaf] is connected to the Sunnah. The obligation of refuting the Mukhaalif [the opposer of the truth] is not lifted from the scholar due to anticipation of harm, unless it is harm he is not able to bear. Then [in this case], Allah does not burden a soul beyond what it can bear. The earth is not devoid of people of knowledge who will carry out refutation against the Mubtadi and the Mukhaalif. [Ref 3]
NB: Those who innovated and called to their innovations in this era are well known – Al Maribi, Muhammad Suroor, Sayyid Qutb, Hasan al-Bannah, Abdur Rahmaan Abdul Khaaliq, Mahmood al-Haddaad, Muhammad Al-Maghraawi, Ali Al-Halabi, Yahyah al-Hajooree and others. Some of the scholars, such as Shaikh Rabee, Shaikh Ubaid, Shaikh Muhammad Bin Haadi and others have refuted these figureheads of Bidah and shown clearly what they attempted to innovate in the pure Salafi Manhaj. Therefore, why do the refuted deceivers refrain from clarifying this issue?! Visit www.themadkhalis.com to find out why ahlul bidah desperately use this label!
[Ref 1: Source: Tasneefun Naas Aw Ar-Radd Alaa Munkiriy At-Tasneef’ page 6. by Shaikh Abdus Salaam Burgess [rahimahullaa]; Ref 2: Source: Al-Ajwibah Al-Athariyyah’ pages 18-19. By Shaikh Zayd Bin Haadi [rahimahullaah]; Ref 3: Source: Al Ajwibah Al Mukhtasar Alaa As-ila Al-Ashrati’ Pages 43-44. By Shaikh Zayd Bin Haadi [rahimahullaah]