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#46 [Permalink] Posted on 10th October 2014 09:44
Imaam Abul Qaasim Ismaa'eel Ibn Muhammad al-Asbahaanee رحمه الله said,

"It is befitting that a man is cautious of newly invented matters as every newly invented matter [of the Religion] is a religious innovation [bid'ah]. The Sunnah involves believing in the narrations of the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم and the abandonment of opposing them with contentious arguments like how and why. Rhetoric and argumentation in affairs of the Religion, and pointless debate is considered a newly invented affair, and it can sow the seeds of doubt in the hearts and prevent them from recognising that which is true and correct.

And true knowledge is not demonstrated by the amount of narrations that are transmitted, rather, true knowledge involves following and practical application. A person should follow the Companions and their students رضي الله عنهم, and whoever opposes the Companions and their students رضي الله عنهم is misguided even if he possesses a vast amount of knowledge."

[al-Hujjah fee Bayaan al-Muhajjah, 2/437-438]
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#47 [Permalink] Posted on 17th October 2014 09:51
Imaam Sufyaan ath-Thawri رحمه الله said, "Whoever sits with a person of innovation (bid'ah) cannot escape one of three things:

1) He is a trial and tribulation for others,

2) something may fall into his heart that remains with him and causes him to enter the Hellfire,

3) or he will say, 'By Allaah, I do not care about what they say and I have full confidence in myself.'

Whoever feels that he is not in need of Allaah سبحانه و تعالى to safeguard his religion even for the blinking of an eye, then He will take it from him." [1]

Imaam al-Hasan رحمه الله said, "Do not sit with a person of innovation (bid'ah), for indeed he will make your heart sick." [2]

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[1] Imaam Ibn Waddaah رحمه الله: al-Bida' wan-Nahyu 'Anhaa

[2] Ibid.
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#48 [Permalink] Posted on 21st October 2014 11:40
Imaam Ibnul Qayyim رحمه الله said,

"Our Shaykh said, 'The reality of disbelief has been married to immoral innovation (bid'ah) and they have given birth to a state of loss in the life of this world and the Hereafter.'

If he overcomes this imposing obstacle and escapes it with the light of the Sunnah, and he seeks to stay clear of it by truly adhering to the Sunnah and by emulating those who have passed from the illustrious Salaf from the Companions and their students رضي الله عنهم who followed them in goodness, and it is rare for these later generations to produce one of these types of people. However, if a person like this is produced, then the people of innovation (bid'ah) would set their traps and wreak havoc; and they would declare him a misguided innovator.

If Allaah سبحانه و تعالى grants him success in passing this obstacle, then he [the Shaytaan] attempts to catch him with the third obstacle, which is the obstacle of major sins. If the Shaytaan is successful in overcoming the person in this way, then he will make these sins appear attractive, beautify them in his eyes and convince people to procrastinate over time.

He also opens the door to [the innovated] belief that actions are not a part of faith (irjaa'). So the Shaytaan says to him: 'Faith is merely to believe and it cannot be harmed by actions.' It is possible that the Shaytaan causes him to utter a statement that often results in the people's destruction. This is the statement, 'Sins do not harm an individual so long as a person is upon monotheism (Tawheed) just as good deeds do not benefit the person who is upon polytheism (Shirk).'

The Shaytaan is most pleased if he successfully overcomes the servant with the obstacle of innovation (bid'ah) because of the way that is opposes the Religion and since it involves rejection of what Allaah سبحانه و تعالى has sent His Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم with. Also the one who commits innovation does not repent from it nor does he abandon it instead he invites the creation to it. [He prefers this] because it necessitates making statements about Allaah سبحانه و تعالى without knowledge, it causes hostility towards the clear Sunnah and enmity towards the people of the Sunnah, and its strives to extinguish the light of the Sunnah. It gives leadership to those whom Allaah سبحانه و تعالى and His Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم have relegated and it discredits those whom Allaah سبحانه و تعالى and His Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم have given authority. It accepts what is rejected by Allaah سبحانه و تعالى and His Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم and it rejects what He accepted. It shows allegiance to towards the enemies of Allaah سبحانه و تعالى and makes enemies of His allies. It affirms what He negated and negates what He affirmed. It declares the truthful to be liars and the liars to be truthful. It opposes the truth with falsehood and perverts reality so that the truth becomes falsehood and falsehood becomes truth. It incites heresy (ilhaad) in the Religion and conceals the truth from the people's hearts. It seeks some deviation in the straight path and opens the door to the changing of the Religion as a whole."

[Madaarij as-Saalikeen, 1:223]
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