Wednesday, July 1, 2009

About Innovation and It's People...

The Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) stated: "The Jews have split and split and divided into seventy-one sects and the Christians have split and divided into seventy-two sects and my Ummah would split into seventy-three sects. All of these sects will be in the Fire except one." They said, "And which one is this O Messenger of Allaah?" He said: "The Jamaa’ah." [Related by at-Tirmidthee (no. 2641). It was authenticated by Shaykh al-Albaanee in Silsilatul-Ahaadeethus-Saheehah (no. 1348).] A severe warning and exposition upon innovations and the groups that fuel them.

Imaam Ahmad said: Wakee' narrated to us from Sufyaan, from Ja'afar, from his father, from Jaabir who said: The Messenger of Allaah (Sallallaahu 'Alayhi Wa Sallam) stood and gave us a sermon. So he praised Allaah, and lauded Him with what was befitting of Him, and he said: Whoever is guided by Allaah, then no wayward person can misguide him. And whoever is misguided [by Him] then there is no guide for him. Verily the best of speech is the Book of Allaah, and the best of guidance is the guidance of Muhammad (Sallallaahu 'Alayhi Wa Sallam), and the worst of matters are newly invented ones. And every newly invented matter is an innovation. And every innovation is in the Fire. [A combination of different versions of this hadeeth by Jaabir Ibn Abdullaah - in Muslim (3/11), Ahmad (3/381), Nisaa`ee (1/234), Bayhaqee (3/214). The above combination was put together by Imaam al-Bayhaqee in his Al Asmaa Was Sifaat.]

'Abdullaah Ibn Mas'ood said: Follow and do not innovate, for indeed you have been sufficed. [Reported authentically in Ad-Daarimee (no.211) At-Tabaraanee in Al-Kabeer (no. 8870), Al Bayhaqee (no. 204), Ibn Wadaah in Bid'ah Wan Nahee 'Anhaa (p. 10), and also from Qataadah on (p.11). Also related by Abee Khaythamah in Al Ilm (no. 54). Shaykh Al Albaanee has authenticated the narration in Bid'ah Wan Nahee 'Anhaa]

'Umar Ibn 'Abdul 'Azeez said: Stop where the people have stopped! For indeed, they stopped upon receiving knowledge. The clear evidences would suffice them, and they were the strongest at manifesting them. If there were any merit in something, then they would be the most deserving of it. So if you say: 'It was introduced after them', then no one introduces something into it except that he has opposed their guidance, and desired other than their example. They have described it from what was sufficient, and they have spoken concerning it - what sufficed. What is above them is excessiveness, and what is below them is inadequacy. Some people have fallen short of them, and so they have drawn away. And others have transgressed them, so they have become extreme. But indeed they were between these two (extremes) upon a straight path. [Reported by Ibn Qudaamah in Al Burhaan li Bayaanil Qur'aan (p. 88-89), as a statement of 'Abdul 'Azeez Ibn Abil Maajishoon and then he said: He related it's meaning back to 'Umar Ibn 'Abdul 'Azeez. al Haafidh Ibnul Jawzee in Manaqibul Umar Ibn Abdul Azeez (p. 83-84). al Haafidh Ibn Rajab Fadhlul Ilmis Salaf (p. 36)]

Imaam al-Awzaa'ee said: Stick to the example of those who came before you (Salafus Saalih), even if the people reject you. And beware of the opinions of men, even if they beautify it for you with their speech. [Reported by Khateebul Baghdaadee in Sharaf As'haabil Hadeeth (p. 7). Imaam Al Aajurree in Ash Sharee'ah (p. 58). Ibn 'Abdul Barr in Jaami'ul Ilm Wa Fadhlihi (2/114). Imaam adh Dhahabee confirmed it in Siyar A'alaamun Nubalaa (7/120). Shaykh Al Albaanee authenticated it in Mukhtasir Al Uloow (p. 138).

Muhammad Ibn Abdur Rahmaan al-Adramee said to a man who was speaking about an innovation, and calling the people to it: Did the Messenger of Allaah (Sallallaahu 'Alayhi Wa Sallam), Abu Bakr, 'Umar, 'Uthmaan, and 'Alee have knowledge of it, or did they not know of it? He said: They did not know of it. He said: Something which they did not have knowledge of, you know!?! The man said: Then I say that they did know it. He said: Was it sufficient for them that they did speak about it, nor call the people to it, or was it not sufficient for them? The man said: Of course it was sufficient for them. He said: So something which was sufficient for the Messenger of Allaah (Sallallaahu 'Alayhi Wa Sallam) and his Caliphs is not sufficient for you!?! So the man refrained, and the Caliph who was present there said: May Allaah not suffice for the ones who are not satisfied with what they found sufficient. [Reported by al Khateeb in Taareekhul Baghdaad (10/75). Ibnul Jawzee in Manaaqibul Imaam Ahmad (p. 431, 436). Ibn Qudaamah in At Tawaabeen (p. 194). Imaam adh Dhahabee in Siyar A'alaamun Nubalaa (11/131). Imaam Al Aajurree in Ash Sharee'ah (p. 91,95). Ibn Katheer in Al Bidaayah Wan Nihaayah (10/335).]

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