In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.
Why Strongly Manifest Disapproval of The One – Muhammad Bin Haadi- Who Oppressively Makes Tabdee and Obstinately Refuses to Recant?! Examine- briefly – What is Said About Bidah and The Mubtadi’ah, Then You’ll Understand That Passing The Judgment of “Mubtadi – Innovator in Religious Affairs” Against a Muslim Cannot Be Based On Haste, Assumptions, Half-truths and Oppression!
Allaah [The Most High] said: [ أَفَمَن زُيِّنَ لَهُ سُوءُ عَمَلِهِ فَرَآهُ حَسَنًا – Is he, then, to whom the evil of his deeds made fair seeming, so that he considers it as good (equal to one who is rightly guided)?] [Surah Faatir. Aayah 8] Sa’eed Bin Jubair [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “This was revealed concerning the people of bidah and desires”. [Tafseer Al-Baghawi 3/689]
Al-Allaamah Rabee Bin Haadi Al-Madkhalee [may Allaah preserve him] said, “The upright jurist of Basra and the most intelligent of them- Salaam Bin Abee Mutee [may Allaah have mercy upon him] – said, “It is more beloved to me that I meet Allaah with the scroll of Hajjaaj than meet Him with the scroll of Amr Ibn Ubaid”. Amr Ibn Ubaid was a Zaahid (see footnote a) and a worshipper Maashaa-Allaah, but he was an innovator in religious affairs and a misguided one, and Hajjaaj was an evil doer, a blood shedder and a criminal. He [Salaam Bin Abee Mutee] held that if he were to make a choice between meeting Allaah with the scroll of Hajjaaj and that of Amr Ibn Ubaid, he would choose to meet Allaah with the scroll of Hajjaaj-the blood shedder and oppressive evil doer. And why is this? (That is) due to his realization regarding the danger and ugliness of bidah. And it is sufficient for us that the Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] described (bidah) in his khutbah as the worst of all affairs, as reported in the Hadeeth of Jaabir [may Allaah be pleased with him]”. (1)
Imaam Ibnul Qayyim [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “Being distanced from Allaah is of various levels and some are more severe than others. Being distanced from (Allaah) through disobedience is greater than being distanced from (Allaah) through thoughtlessness; being distanced from (Allaah) through Bidah is greater than being distanced from (Allaah) through disobedience, and being distanced from (Allaah) through hypocrisy and shirk is greater than all of that”. (2)
He also said, “The trial initiated by a Mubtadi (interferes) with the very foundation of the religions, wheras the trial initiated by a sinner is related to forbidden desires. Unlike the sinner, the Mubtadi blocks people’s path towards the straight path, hinders them from it, nullifies the message brought by the Messenger and cuts off the path to (reward) in the Afterlife, whereas a sinner’s path to (attaining reward) is slowed due to his sin”. (3)
Ibn Abbaas [may Allaah be pleased with him and his father] said, “Do not sit with the people of desires; for indeed it causes sickness of the heart”. (4)
Sallaam Ibn Abee Mutee [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “A man from the people of desires (ahlul bidah) said to Ayyoub As-Sakhtiyaanee [may Allaah have mercy upon him], ‘O Abaa-Bakr! I want to ask you about some statement’, so Ayyoub walked away and started gesturing with his finger, saying, ‘Not even half a statement'”. (5)
Ahmad Ibn Sinaan Al-Qattaan [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “There is no Mubtadi in the dunyah except that he hates ahlul hadeeth, and when a man innovates the sweetness of hadeeth is removed from his heart”. (6)
Al-Allaamah Rabee Bin Haadi Al-Madkhali [may Allaah protect him] said, “Ibnul Jawzi [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said that Abul Wafaa Ibn Aqeel Al-Faqee [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, ‘Our Shaikh Abul Fadl Al-Hamdaani [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, ‘The Mubtadi’ah in Islam and the fabricators of Hadeeth are worse than the heretics, because the heretics aim to corrupt Islam from the outside, whilst these (people) want to corrupt it from within. They [i.e. Mubtadi’ah and fabricators of hadeeth] are similar to the people of a country who try to corrupt its state of affairs and the heretics are similar to those who lay a siege from the outside; so the ones from within open the fortress. Therefore, they are more harmful to Islam than those who do not (attribute) themselves to it outwardly”.(7)
Imaam Ahmad [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “Beware of writing down (knowledge) from one of the people of desires (i.e. ahlul bidah) – be it a little or a lot”. (8)
Sa’eed Ibn Amr Al-Bardha’ee [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “I witnessed (when) Abu Zur’ah [may Allaah have mercy upon him] was asked about Haarith Al-Muhaasibee and his books, so he said to the questioner, ‘Beware of these books, they are books of bidah and misguidance'”. (9)
Two Types of Bidah- Bida’atul Mukaffirah and Bida’atul Mufassiqah: Al-Allaamah Rabee Bin Haadee Al-Madkhalee [may Allaah preserve him] was asked whether there is a difference between Bidah Al-Mukaffirah and Bidah Al-Mufassiqah; so he replied that there is Bidah Mukaffirah, such as rejecting the Ruyah (i.e. denying that the believers will see Allaah in the afterlife); rejecting Allaah’s Uluww [i.e. denying that Allaah is above his creation –Allaah ascended over the Throne in a way that benefits his majesty)]; invoking other than Allaah; offering slaughtered sacrifice (i.e. animals) to other than Allaah etc. These are affairs of Bidah Al-Mukaffirah (the bidah that is tantamount to disbelief); but we do not make Takfeer of the people who commit this type of Bidah until we establish the proofs against them. That is because some of them (i.e. the people who fall into these affairs) carry doubts and are far away from the era of Prophethood and its light (i.e. guidance). So they fall into the likes these innovations. Rejecting the Ruyah is disbelief; rejecting Allaah’s Uluww is disbelief; the saying that the Qur’aan is created is disbelief-major disbelief; but this person -[who testifies that none has the right to be worshipped except Allaah and that Muhammad is the messenger of Allaah, and he prays, observes fasting, wants paradise and believes in that] -received the doubts of the people of falsehood, so he falls into the likes of these affairs (i.e. these innovations that are tantamount to disbelief). So we say to him, “You have fallen into disbelief and the evidence is this and this, and we clarify for him”. So if Allaah grants him Tawfeeq [i.e. blesses him with knowledge and to act] and he returns to the truth, then all praise is due to Allaah; but if not, we declare him a disbeliever after establishing the proofs against him. As for Bidah Al-Mufassiqah it is other than this (i.e. it is not at the level of that which is tantamount to disbelief)…[ http://www.rabee.net/ar/questions.php?cat=26&id=484 .paraphrased] NB: Takfeer: [i.e. expelling a Muslim from the foldnof Islam] is the job of the upright scholars of Islaam. Read here about the Principles of Takfir: http://www.salafipublications.com/sps/sp.cfm?secID=MNJ&subsecID=MNJ09&loadpage=displaysubsection.cfm
Therefore, after being acquainted with the danger of Bidah, the danger a Mubtadi exposes himself to, the manner in which he is viewed and treated, then none needs to emphasise – to you – the destructive path of one who hastens and oppressively pass the judgment of “Mubtadi – innovator in religious affairs” against a Muslim. This is why Al-Allaamah Rabee challenged Muhammad Bin Haadi to bring his proofs and rebuked him severely, but neither has he provided sound proofs nor recanted his oppressive judgements against those whom he oppressed. So, why is this man being aided to oppress others?! Neither has he produced proofs nor repented from this great crime of false Tabdee. See here “Reminder- Shaykh Rabiʿ’s request for Shaykh Muḥammad bin Hādī to justify his tabdīʿ of Salafī students and shaykhs and to explicitly name the major scholars he accused of being “affected” and “destroyed” by the “Ṣaʿāfiqah” – one month, no answer: [By Shaikh Abu Iyaad: https://www.manhaj.com/manhaj/articles/uyryh-documents-and-resources-for-countering-and-exposing-the-musafiqah.cfm https://twitter.com/abuiyaadsp/status/1018974451269033986?lang=en-GB
Finally, we remind of ourselves regarding the great crime of oppression and false accusation. The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “Verily, Allah has revealed to me that you should adopt humility, so that no one may wrong another and no one may be disdainful and haughty towards another.” [Riyaadus Saaliheen 1589]
Yahya Ibn Rashid [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “We were sitting waiting for Abdullah Ibn Umar [may Allaah be pleased with him and his father] who came out to us and sat. He then said, ‘I heard Allaah’s Messenger (ﷺ) as saying, ‘If anyone’s intercession intervenes as an obstacle to one of the punishments prescribed by Allah, he has opposed Allah; if anyone disputes knowingly about something which is false, he remains in the displeasure of Allah till he desists, and if anyone makes an untruthful accusation against a Muslim, he will be made by Allah to dwell in the corrupt fluid flowing from the inhabitants of Hell till he retracts his statement'”. [Saheeh Sunan Abee Dawud 3597]
Muhammad Bin Haadi and those who support his crime must desist if they truly fear Allaah. May Allaah guide them and protect us from every blameworthy affair Aameen.
[Ref 1: An Excerpt from Al-Mawqif As-Saheeh Min Ahlil Bidah. page 12. Slightly paraphrased]
[Ref 2: An Excerpt from ‘Ad-Daa’u Wad-Dawaa’u’ page 119-120’. slightly paraphrased]
[Ref 3: An Excerpt from Ad-Daa’u Wad- Dawaa. page 206]