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[11.2] Abu Makkah’s Companion Opens a Can of Worms

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

Muhammad Abdur-Razzaaq stated:

Imaam Ahmad [may Allah have mercy upon him] stated in a letter to the Khaleefah Al-Mutawakkil [may Allah have mercy upon him], “Among other things, it is not permissible to seek the aid and assistance of Ahlul Bid’ah Wal-Ahwaa [the people of Bidah and vain desires] in anything regarding the affairs of the Muslims because that is of greater harm upon the religion”. [1]

We ask Muhammad: Is there anything that a supporter of bid’ah would accomplish that the Scholars of Sunnah of our time haven’t already done, whether through their speech, publications, refutations, or the clarifications of their upright students in the East and the West?! In addition to the fact that this person still upholds his bid’ah, does Islam need a proponent of bid’ah to defend anything on its behalf?! Is it not more important for a proponent of Bid’ah in the East or West to give up his Bid’ah than to refute the Kuffaar, which has been done for many years and is still being done by upright people of Sunnah?! Can Muhammad guarantee that applauding any proponent of Bidah will not garner him more esteem and make the people more inclined towards him, making him a greater trial and evil for the common people and those duped by him?!

Imam Ash-Shaatibee [may Allah have mercy upon him] said: “Indeed, showing reverence to a person of Bid’ah is the basis of two corruptions that lead to the destruction of Islam. One of them is that the ignorant and the common people will pay attention to that reverence, and believe that the Mubtadi is the best of people and that what he is doing is better than what others are doing, so this leads them to follow him in his Bida’ah and not follow Ahlus Sunnah in their adherence to Sunnah. The second affair is that if he is shown reverence due to his Bid’ah, this would become like the spur for him to initiate Bid’ah in everything. And whatever the case may be, Bida’ah will become alive and the Sunan dies, which is the destruction of Islam itself”. [2]

Finally, Al-Allaamah Rabee Bin Haadi Al-Madkhali [may Allah preserve him] stated: Being mindful of Ahlul Bid’ah, having hatred for them, boycotting and cutting them off is the correct path of protection of Ahlus Sunnah against falling into their Fitnah. Being lackadaisical about them, having a good suspicion of them, and inclining towards them is the beginning of the path of misguidance and deviation.

وَلَا تَرۡكَنُوٓاْ إِلَى ٱلَّذِينَ ظَلَمُواْ فَتَمَسَّكُمُ ٱلنَّارُ

And incline not toward those who do wrong, lest the fire should touch you.
Surah Hud. Ayah 113

Who is more unjust than Ahlul Bid’ah? Ahlul Bid’ah are more evil than the sinners and the disobedient, and for that reason, the Jusrist of Basra and the most intelligent of them Salaam Bin Abee Mutee [may Allah have mercy upon him] said, “It is more beloved to me that I meet Allah with Hajjaaj’s scroll of (deeds in the Hereafter) than meet Him with Amr Bin Ubaid’s”. Amr Bin Ubaid was a Zaahid and a worshipper Maashaa-Allaah, but he was a Mubtadi and a misguided one, and Hajjaaj was an evil-doer, a shedder of blood, and a criminal. He [Salaam Bin Abee Mutee] held that if he were to make a choice between meeting Allah with Hajjaaj’s scroll and that of Amr Bin Ubaid, he would choose to meet Allah with Hajjaaj’s -the bloodshedder and oppressive evil doer. And why is this? Due to his realisation of the danger and ugliness of bid’ah. And it is enough for us that the Messenger [peace and blessings of Allah be upon him] described (bidah) in his khutbah as the worst of all affairs, as reported in the Hadeeth of Jaabir [may Allah be pleased with him]. [3]

Question to Muhammad: We are all aware that Zuhd and commitment to worship are virtues adored by the Ummah, and those who possess these outstanding traits are held in high regard; therefore, why did Salaam Bin Abee Mutee regard the Mubtadi’ah in such a way that a Zaahid and dedicated worshipper was not honoured in his eyes?! The answer is very clear for everyone to see.

To be continued…InShaaAllah

[1] Juz Feehi Imtihaan As-Sunnee Min Al-Bid’ee. page 76

[2] Al-I’tisaam 1/114]

[3] An Excerpt from “Al-Mawqif As-Saheeh Min Ahlil Bidah”. page 12. Slightly paraphrased.

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