THE DANGER OF MIXING WITH AHL UL-BIDA`
This is a translation of a transcription of this extremely beneficial talk
by the Noble Shaykh and Imaam, Rabee` bin Haadee (hafidhahulLaah).
The original source of this talk of Shaykh Rabee` is here,
and inshaa'Allaah it will be serialised until completion.
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[The Concern of the Salaf us-Saalih in Warning from Ahl ul-Bida`,
both in Knowledge and in Action (Practical Implementation)]
The Shaykh said:
Verily, this matter is very important and its affair is dangerous (serious). It is for this reason that the Book and the Sunnah and the Salaf us-Saalih have given it concern in the [various] works of Islaam, and especially in what relates to the `aqaa'id, and more specifically, with what relates to the positions (to be held) towards the people of innovation and misguidance, and the people of tribulations and heresies, and the companions of evil specifically. So in that which they explained is a healing and a sufficiency for the one who desired good for himself, and who desired that he is restored with a life that will please his Lord and bring him closer to Him and distance him from the Fire.
And our Salaf us-Saalih (may Allaah's pleasure be upon them) showed concern to this topic in terms of knowledge, action and implementation (may Allaah's pleasure be upon them).
And if we desire deliverance, then there is nothing upon us except that we follow the path of those true and sincere believers, those who knew the Islamic Sharee`ah, its beliefs, its methodologies, and its goals and objectives. So they presented sincere advice and clarification and warning to whomever Allaah intended to show good towards from this Ummah and for whomever He intended deliverance and [the success in] riding upon the ship of deliverance, practically!
In the Noble Quraan there is a verse that you read, the saying of Allaah, the Blessed and Exalted, "It is He Who has sent down to you the Book (this Qur'ân). In it are Verses that are entirely clear, they are the foundations of the Book and others not entirely clear. So as for those in whose hearts there is a deviation (from the truth) they follow that which is not entirely clear thereof, seeking Al-Fitnah, and seeking for its hidden meanings, but none knows its hidden meanings save Allâh. And those who are firmly grounded in knowledge say: "We believe in it; the whole of it is from our Lord.". (Aali Imran 3:7)
So Allaah explained in this verse, the reality and condition of the people of deviation and desires, and that they reserve evil for the Ummah, and that they reserve tribulations for them. Because their intentions are not sound, their hearts are diseased and they desire that the people are afflicted with their (own) ailments, because (it is) as is said in the similitude, "When it predominates, it will become contemptible", and also in the general similitude, "The tail of the fox was cut, and so it cut the tails of others".
And Allaah, the Blessed and Exalted, has said concerning the Kuffaar, "O you who believe! If you obey a group of those who were given the Scripture (Jews and Christians), they would (indeed) render you disbelievers after you have believed!" (Aali Imran 3:100). The Kuffaar, and the Jews and Christians love that the Muslims apostatise from their religion, and the people of innovation have their great share of this evil intent (as well) [i.e. in desiring that the Salafee abandon Salafiyyah], and of desiring evil for the people of goodness.
The Shaykh continued:
From here it is obligatory to be cautious of them with extreme caution. And Allaah has notified us in this verse that you recite, that those in whose hearts is deviation follow that which is unclear, seeking fitnah (tribulations). And in (the course of) putting people to fitnah regarding their deen, and diverting them away from the true deen of Allaah, they reserve (for them) whatever they are upon themselves of innovations and misguidance, and what they are upon of doubts, mistakes and deviations, and they intend evil for whoever trusts them, and whoever sits with them and mixes with them. For this reason you seem them traversing a variety of different approaches in preventing the people of truth, and especially (preventing) the youth, from the true manhaj of Allaah. For they have paths in which they have become excelled, and manners in which have become skilled, and upon which they have nurtured their youth. So you will see him sometimes not even knowing how to make wudhoo, however he will be very good at presenting doubts, and causing doubt, confusion and making people flee from the truth and its people. Sometimes you will see him very good at this with a great [amount] of skill, and refuge is from Allaah. We ask Allaah to save them from these Shaytanic approaches, and that He saves them from the causes of destruction.
The Messenger (`alayhis-salaatu was-salaam) recited this verse, when he recited it he said, "So when you see those who follow that which is unclear from it, then they are the ones whom Allaah has mentioned, so beware of them", (Bukhaaree and Muslim). So these are the people of desires, and the people of deviation, they are the ones who follow the ambiguities. The Messenger intends that the people of deviation who follow the ambiguous, that it is obligatory upon the people to be cautious of them. For a sign of the people of innovation, a sign of the people of deviation is that they do not traverse upon the ways of Ahl us-Sunnah in building their religion upon the clear, definitive verses, and returning the ambiguous ones back to the definitive ones, but they attach (themselves) only to what agrees with their desire, and they are able to spread it on account of their corrupt claim and their astray innovations, just as the Khawaarij, the Rawaafid, the Murji'ah and the Qadariyyah did. For they cling to the general texts and the ambiguous due to it agreeing with their desire, so they go astray by it and they lead the people astray.
And the people of innovations in every time and place, irrespective of what type their innovation is, are upon this nature. And do not belittle anything from the innovations! Do not deem anything from them to be small, insignificant! For these are their ways, to put to trial, and to deviate, and he desires to put the people to trial so they deviate with the likes of his own deviation (that he is upon), and that they stray with the like of his straying, and that they are put to trial with the likes of his trial, and refuge is with Allaah.
So you see that the verse has explained their condition, and the Messenger explained their condition, and warned from them. And when he had ordered the boycotting of the Sahaabah, those who remained behind in the expedition of Tabuk until after their repentance, and yet they had not run along with this fitnah and nor had they moved around with it (i..e had not entered others into it and spread it), rather they repented and were remorseful and acknowledged (their fault). However, despite that, on account of what they fell into of opposition the Messenger (sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam) ordered with their boycotting in that they are suspected in the likes of this situation (on account of what they fell into), and they could have been suspected of nifaaq (on account of what they fell into).