Why Are Groups Labelled and Categorised?

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.

Groups Labelled And Categorised Based On Sound Principles In Order to Distinguish Ahlus Sunnah From Ahlul Bidah, But Neither For The Purpose of Mere Name Calling Nor Illegal Partisanship

Al-Allaamah Abdullah Al-Bukhari [may Allaah preserve him] stated: “And from which the people of knowledge have affirmed is that this religion is established on two affairs: Clarification of the truth and refuting falsehood and its people. The affirmation of this (affair) becomes manifest to the one who contemplates on the statement of Tawheed [لا إله إلا الله] with clarification and by way of explanation. The saying of the slave (i.e. the Muslim) لا إله is a refutation against falsehood and its people-those who deify others besides Allaah. And the statement إلا الله is an affirmation of truth and a clarification of it. And it (means) that Allaah alone has the right to be worshipped and He has no partner. Likewise, the statement محمد رسول الله is an affirmation of the Messengership of the Prophet [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] and a refutation against the one who gives him a status above that and thus deifies him; or lowers the rank of his Prophethood and Messengership”. (1)

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 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 protection for the religion ordained by Allaah. It is a forces among Allaah’s forces [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 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)] (2)

Those who are followed, 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. (3)

The Mubtadi [innovator in religious affairs] is the cause of 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. (4)

NB: Those who innovated and called to their innovations in this era are well known, such as 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 Al-Allaamah Rabee 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?!

As for the concocted term Mad’khalis or Masdaakhilah, they were concocted by the desperate people of bidah after being refuted and their bidah exposed as clear as the mid day sun. Read here: http://www.themadkhalis.com

Those Who Nickname the Salafis with the terms Madkhaliyyah, Jaamiyyah:

Those Who Nickname the Salafis with the terms Madkhaliyyah, Jaamiyyah—Shaikh Rabee Responds

All The Sects In The Fire Except One –

[A Precise Clarification By Imaam Abdul Azeez In Baaz]

All The Sects In The Fire Except One – [A Precise Clarification By Imaam Abdul Azeez In Baaz]

[Ref 1: المقالات الشرعيّة pages 14-15]

[Ref 2: Source: Tasneefun Naas Aw Ar-Radd Alaa Munkiriy At-Tasneef’ page 6. By Shaikh Abdus Salaam Burgess [rahimahullaa]

Ref 3: Source: Al-Ajwibah Al-Athariyyah’ pages 18-19. By Shaikh Zayd Bin Haadi [rahimahullaah]

Ref 4: Source: Al Ajwibah Al Mukhtasar Alaa As-ila Al-Ashrati’ Pages 43-44. By Shaikh Zayd Bin Haadi [rahimahullaah]

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