All perfect praise is for Allaah alone. We beseech His peace and blessings upon Muhammad (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam).

Muhammad ‘Aliyy Jabata al-Khoorijee, the man who calls to the innovation of ‘every bid’ah is a major kufr’ and some other heresies in Nigeria said, “It’s not that sunnah is takfeereey; (Sunnah is) the person who declares anyone who falls into shirk and bid’ah as a kaafir after the conditions are perfected. By Allaah, it is the monhaj of Sunnah. It is the monhaj of the Salaf. If one fails to do that and he beliefs and practices every other aspect of Sunnah completely, the person is not a Sunnah (that is, he is a kaafir). That is the problem! You practice all what Sunnah calls to but you restrict yourself from making takfeer on people; by Allaah, you’re not a Sunnah (that is, you’re a kaafir). [His audio clip titled ‘Rejoinder to Sarumi’ Time 28:55-29:16]

To start with, Imaam Daarul Hijroh, Imaam Maalik bn Anos (rohimohuLlaah) said, “Knowledge is not to be taken from four types of people, and is to be taken from anyone else: (One) the fool who is known for his foolishness, even if he narrates more than anyone; (two) the liar who lies on the people, even if he doesn’t lie upon the Prophet (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam); (three) an innovator who calls people to his innovation; (four) a shaykh who is known for his virtue and worship if he doesn’t understand what he talks about.” [Reported in al-Jaami’ li Akhlaaq ar-Roowi wa Aadaab as-Saami 1/139] I do not know of any of these four attributes that one won’t find in Muhammad ‘Aliyy Jabata al-Khoorijee. Is it foolishness? Is it ‘hot’ lies? Is it calling to innovation? Is it obliviousness of the text of the Qur’aan and Sunnah? Sometimes, I feel like crying whenever I remember the nonsensical statements of Muhammad ‘Aliyy Jabata. May Allaah open the eyes of the people who have been deceived by him to the truth.

HIS FOOLISHNESS: His foolishness is evident in his statements, “IT’S NOT THAT SUNNAH IS TAKFEEREEY”, “If one fails to do that and he beliefs and practices every other aspect of Sunnah completely, THE PERSON IS NOT A SUNNAH.” Instead of saying ‘a Sunni isn’t to be mistaken for a takfeereey’, and ‘the person is not a Sunni’, he said, ‘sunnah isn’t a takfeereey’ and ‘the person is not a Sunnah’ respectively. This is something that a Muslim kid understands. How can a Muslim become a Sunnah? ‘Sunnah bawo’??? He is used to saying this foolish statement before the ignoramuses attending his sitting of ignorance, yet they wouldn’t correct him. The reason is simple, they’ve taken him as someone who has a final say regarding their deen. May Allaah rectify their ignorance!

HIS LIES:  His ‘hot’ lies are evident in these statements, “(SUNNAH IS) THE PERSON WHO DECLARES ANYONE WHO FALLS INTO SHIRK AND BID’AH AS A KAAFIR AFTER THE CONDITIONS ARE PERFECTED. BY ALLAAH, IT IS THE MONHAJ OF SUNNAH. IT IS THE MONHAJ OF THE SALAF. IF ONE FAILS TO DO THAT AND HE BELIEFS AND PRACTICES EVERY OTHER ASPECT OF SUNNAH COMPLETELY, THE PERSON IS NOT A SUNNAH (THAT IS, HE IS A KAAFIR). He swore by Allaah that a Sunni is anyone who makes takfeer on anyone who falls into shirk and bid’ah after the conditions have been established. He meant by this that there is no difference between the one who falls into bid’ah mufassiqoh, bid’ah mukaffiroh, shirk al-asghor and shirk al-akbar as to declaring them as kuffar after the conditions. Therefore, they’re all equal in judgment. Without an iota of doubt, this is one of the greatest lies of all time. We do not know of any evidence for these claims in the Qur’aan and Sunnah. We do not know of any book of knowledge written by the scholars, both past and present, wherein they established that people who fall into shirk al-asghor and bid’ah mufassiqoh must be declared as kuffar. He has no predecessor upon this statement. In addition to the evidences we have earlier mentioned and explained to proof that every bid’ah is not a major kufr and that the shirk al-asghor does not take its doer out of the fold of Islaam, the following are some statements of the people of knowledge refuting the lies of Muhammad ‘Aliyy Jabata al-Khoorijee.

Shaykh ‘Abdussalaam bn Saalim bn Rajaa as-Suhaymee: The people of bid’ah are not of the same level; there are from them, those that we will make takfeer upon, like the one who does an act (of kufr) or says statements of kufr; and also before we can declare such person as a kaafir, we have to establish the conditions and impediments, and there are from them, those that we will not declare as kuffar because they haven’t done an act of kufr or say a statement of kufr. [FIKRU TTAKFEER QODEEMON WAHADEETHAN WATABRIATU ITTIBAA’I MADHAABU SSALAAF MINOL GHULOOWWI WAL FIKRIL MUNHARI PAGE 31]

Shaykh al-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah: There is a statement (which claims) that we can’t call anyone who faces the qiblah as a disbeliever; they belief that we can’t call anyone a kaafir from those who face the qiblah. The second statement; they say all those wh engage in bid’ah must be made takfeer upon; they belief that the all the doers of innovations are disbelievers and they have left Islaam. Both statements (which we’ve mentioned) contradict the truth; it contradicts the evidences of the sharee’ah. Ibn Taymiyyah has explained that it is an error for anyone who places these statements upon the scholars. He (Ibn Taymiyyah) said the correct thing is that we differentiate between the people of innovation and this is the truth which comes from the Salaf [MAJMOO AL-FATAAWAA VOLUME 7, PAGE 337-340, VOLUME 3, PAGE 352-354, VOLUME 12, 497-498, SHARHU ‘AQEEDATU TAHAWIYYAH 338-340…]

Shaykh Soolih al-Fawzaan (hafidhohuLlaah) said, “There are many differences between shirk al-asghor and shirk al-akbar. (One) shirk al-akbar takes one out of the fold of Islaam while shirk al-asghor does not take one out of the fold of Islaam. Shirk al-asghor is a form of the major sins. It leads to shirk al-akbar. (Two) shirk al-akbar renders all good deeds void while shirk al-asghor, for example showing off (and) doing deeds in order to be heard, only renders void, the acts it is involved in; (while) other good deeds (which are in line with the Qur’aan and sunnoh) will not be rendered void. (Three) shirk al-akbar makes one’s blood lawful for spilling and one’s properties lawful for taking, unlike shirk al-asghor that doesn’t make one’s blood and property lawful because the one who does it have not left the fold of Islaam. [SHARH NOWAAQIDUL ISLAAM, PAGE 50]

Shaykh Saleem bn ‘Eid al-Hilaalee (hafidhohuLlaah) said, “Anyone who calls to innovation is worthy of being punished in this life in order to secure the garden of the sharee’ah which doesn’t deserve to be stained, and in order to restrict his evils from the people. The least form of punishment is to boycott him; he shouldn’t be given a post in the religion, and knowledge shouldn’t be taken from him, and he won’t be asked questions regarding any issue of the religion; his testimony won’t be accepted. Due to these (statements), there is a consensus amongst the scholars, from the scholars of hadeeth, the scholars of fiqh and the scholars of usool that, as for an innovator who becomes a kaafir with his innovation, we won’t take narrations from him with the consensus (of the previously mentioned scholars), BUT AS FOR THE INNOVATOR WHO DOES NOT BECOME A KAAFIR (WITH HIS INNOVATION), THERE IS A DIFFERENCE OF OPINION (AS TO ACCEPTING HIS TESTIMONIES OR NOT), EXCEPT FOR THE ONE WHO FINDS EASE IN LYING AND USES IT TO SUPPORT HIS SCHOOL OF THOUGHT OR THOSE WHO FOLLOW HIS SCHOOL OF THOUGHT. Ash-Shaafi’i said, “I will take the narration of the people of desire except the khottoobiyyah because they permit false testimonies in order to shield those who support them.” [AL BID’AH WA ATHARUHA AS-SAYYI’ FIL-UMMAH PAGE 132]

Shaykh ‘Amroo ‘Abdulmun’im Saleem: As for the one whom we describe with bid’ah mufassiqoh; his ruling is like the ruling of the one who falls into the major sins. His ‘eeman is still intact with respect to what he does which are inline with the sunnoh. For these innovators (who we describe with bid’ah mufassiqoh), there is no ahlus sunnoh who says one won’t seek forgiveness for them, pray for them, and pray on them if they die. Their ruling is with Allaah in the hereafter; if He wishes he may punish them and if He wishes He may forgive them. No one must say that they are inhabitants of paradise or inhabitants of hellfire. Even if one dies upon tawheed without (obvious) sins, we have no right to say he is an inhabitant of jannah or inhabitant of jahannam. This is well established in the ‘aqeedah of the salaf and in the statements of (all) the scholars of sunnoh. [USOOLU LLATI BA’ADA GHULAATU FEE MODHABAHUM FEE TABDEE’ PAGE 98]

Ash-Shaykh Muqbil, rohimohuLlaah, and other scholars of sunnoh used to say that bid’ah is divided into mukaffiroh and mufassiqoh. These explanations are very clear in their books and tapes regarding the issue of bid’ah. Shaykh Muqbil and other scholars of sunnoh upon Da’awah salafiyyah were never confused about it. This is a mistake. May Allaah guide him (Muhammad Jaahil Jabata)! This a (great) harm upon da’awah….[Shaykh Yahya al-Hajooree]

Shaykh Yahya al-Hajooree There is no ahlus sunnoh who believes that the bid’ah of the mur’jiah is mukaffiroh let alone calling them kuffar, despite their clear bid’ah. We do not know of anyone from the people of sunnoh who labeled them as kuffar. There are many innovations that do not take one out of the pale of Islaam. Shaykhul Islaam categorically mentioned that he doesn’t know of anyone (from the ahlus sunnah) who called the Zaydiyyah kuffar; (this is) because they do get to the level of the extremism of the kuffar. There is no doubt that there are bid’ah mukaffiroh and bid’ah mufassiqoh. This is what the ahlus sunnah are upon. In shaa Allaah, (we hope) this brother changes this (error based) statement. What I mean by this is that; he should tread the path which the ahlus sunnoh are upon. He should belief that there is bid’ah mukaffiroh and bid’ah mufassiqoh; he should (also) belief that there are those who become kuffar with their innovation while there are those who do not become kuffar with their innovation. This is the way of the salaf.

Shaykh Ibn al-‘Uthaymeen: In both cases, we have to call these people who claim to be Muslims, but who commit acts of bid’ah which may constitute kufr or may be less than that to the truth, by explaining the truth without being hostile or condemning what they are doing. But once we know that they are too arrogant to accept the truth [for Allaah says in Soorah al-An’aam (6):108 ‘And insult not those whom they (disbelievers) worship besides Allaah, lest they insult Allaah wrongfully without knowledge.’] if we found out that they are stubborn and arrogant, then we should point out their falsehood, because then pointing out their falsehood becomes obligatory upon us. With regard to boycotting them, that depends upon the bid’ah. If it is a bid’ah which constitutes kufr, then it is obligatory to boycott the person who does it. If it is of a lesser degree than that, then it is essential to examine the situation further. If something may be achieved by boycotting the person, then we do it; if no purpose will be served by it, or if it will only make him more disobedient and arrogant, then we should avoid doing that, because whatever serves no purpose, it is better not to do it. And also, in principle it is haroom to boycott a believer, because the Prophet (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: ‘It is not permissible for a man to forsake (not to speak to) his brother for more than three (days).’” [MAJMOO’ FATAAWA IBN ‘UTHAYMEEN, VOL. 2, PAGE 293]

IMAAM ASH-SHAATIBEE: “There are from innovations, the ones that are ma’asiyah, but there is no consensus on them as to whether they are ma’asiyah or kufr like the bid’ah of the Khowaarij, Qodariyyah, Murji’ah and other deviant sects. There are from innovations, the ones that are ma’asiyah (and) there is consensus on them that they are not kufr, like the bid’ah of celibacy, fasting while standing in the sun, (and) castration. So what is known is that these innovated practices are not upon the same level therefore it is not correct to say that they are upon the same level such as saying they are only disapproved or they are only prohibited.” [AL-I’TISOOM 382-383]

SHAYKH ‘ABDILLAAH AL-BUKHOOREE: The statement affirming that there is no difference between innovations is an error. What I am saying is that if one says there is no bid’ah which can make one become a kaafir or that every innovations makes one become a kaafir; this is a (great) error. This statement contradicts the evidences of the Qur’aan and Sunnoh, and the way of the Salaf from the first Salafs till now. This statement is an innovation.

To be continued

May Allaah make it easy for us to make use of what we have learnt appropriately and make us learn more beneficial knowledge.

We ask Allaah to guide Muhammad ‘Aliyy Jabata and his students to the correct ‘aqeedah and monhaj of the people of Sunnah.

I beseech Allaah to show us the truth as being the truth and to grant us its following, and to show us misguidance as misguidance and to make it easy for us to abstain from it.

May prayers and peace be upon Muhammad (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam), his respected households and companions, and on the generality of the Muslims who follow them upon goodness till the end of time.

Aboo Aaishah Al Odeomeey


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