WHAT IS THE BID’AH THAT TAKES A PERSON OUTSIDE THE CIRCLE OF AHLUS-SUNNAH?
By Ash-Shaykh, al-‘Allaamah Rabee’ bin Haadee al-Madkhalee
Question: “What is the bid’a that by it, a man is considered to be outside the circle of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah?
Ash-Shaykh Rabee’ (ﺣﻔﻈﻪ اﷲ) answered: “Like the bid’ah (related to) al-Qadr 1, the bid’ah of Irjaa’ 2, the bid’ah of Rafdh 3, the bid’ah of Khurooj 4, the bid’ah of the Soofees, like the birthday celebrations of shirk, and other than them. And travelling to the graves and things like these – baarakAllaahu feekum. From this type.
Taking ahlul-bid’ah as friends and companions makes a person from them and supporting them and defense of them. For indeed Ahmad bin Hanbal (رﺣﻤﻪ اﷲ), it was said to him: “Indeed some of the people sit with ahlulbid’ah”, so he said: “Advise him!” He said: “I already advised him, but he refused (to leave sitting with them).” He (Ahmad) said: “Consider him with them”.
So the one who sits with the people of innovation and mixes with them, it is proven and established against him that he is ill, and that he agrees with those people, and regarding this there are proofs;
1 The bid’ah of the Qadariyyah and the Jabriyyah. 2 The bid’ah of the Murji’ah who say that Eemaan does not increase nor decrease and are not affected by actions. 3 The bid’ah of the Rawaafidh who reject the majority of the Companions and declare them to be kuffaar, and Allaah’s Refuge is sought! 4 The bid’ah of the Khawaarij 2
“The souls are enlisted soldiers, so those that bec ame familiar with one another from amongst them (in the heavens) will be inclined (towards each other in the world), and those from a mongst them that opposed one another will differ .”
So this one, his coming close to them and being friendly with the people of innovation is a daleel that there is agreement and similarity between the two affairs and the two individuals, or the two groups.
Anyway, what we have mentioned is that which takes one outside the circle of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah.”
Translated by Aboo Sufyaan ‘Uthmaan Beecher