All perfect praise is for Allaah alone. We beseech His peace and blessings upon Muhammad (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam).
Shaykh Ibn al-‘Uthaymeen (rohimohuLlaah) said, “THE SHIRK WHICH AN INNOVATOR MAY BE INVOLVED IN, ARE IN TWO WAYS. THE FIRST ONE HAS TO DO WITH ULOOHIYYAH (ONENESS IN WORSHIP) AND THE SECOND HAS TO DO WITH AR-RUBOOBIYYAH (ONENESS IN LORDSHIP). AS FOR THE RUBOOBIYYAH, IT IS BECAUSE HE LEGISLATES AND ESTABLISHES HIMSELF AS A JUDGE AND THE ONE WHO LEGISLATES BECAUSE NO ONE DOES A BID’AH EXCEPT THAT HE HAS THE INTENTION OF WORSHIPPING ALLAAH WITH IT. AS FOR THE AREA OF ULOOHIYYAH, HE FOLLOWS HIS DESIRES AND CONTRADICTS HIS CREATOR; THIS HAS TO DO WITH HIM WORSHIPPING HIS DESIRES.”
To start with, are all innovators under the same ruling of tampering with uloohiyyah and ar-ruboobiyyah? Without an atom of doubt, Shaykh Ibn al-‘Uthaymeen never meant that all innovators have this ruling as evident in his explanations regarding the division of bid’ah and how to relate with people who are into different levels of bid’ah. As for whether or not the ruling is the same with all the innovators, you must first know that the innovators are of two types here; the one who legislates the bid’ah, and the one who engages in it mistaken it for the right path. For example, there is the one who brought solaatul faatih (this is the person who legislates in the deen), and there is the one who does it thinking it is permissible in the Sharee’ah. This is the same with many innovations in acts of worship. May Allaah save us from innovations in the deen! The ruling of these two sets of people can’t be the same. However, there is no excuse in both cases as to whether or not the bid’ah will be rejected, due to two “beautiful” ahadeeth that came regarded them.
The first set of people have been refuted with this statement of the Messenger of Allaah (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam), “He who innovates (LEGISLATES) something in this matter of ours that is not of it will have it rejected” while the second set have been refuted with this statement, “He who does AN ACT which we have not commanded, will have it rejected.”
Moreover, it is very clear to those who sit with the people of knowledge, study from them, read their books and listens to their tapes, that those who legislate in the deen (in relation to our discussion here) do not have the same ruling let alone the one who follows it mistaken it for the Sharee’ah. Those who legislate bid’ah in the deen are of two types; the one who legislates with the aim of tampering with or destroying the deen and the one whose intention is good but doesn’t know the evil of his actions (that is, he doesn’t know that he has legislated anything due his parochial view) or even those who legislate using some misgrounded conceits as evidences. The scholars of sunnah are used to declaring the first set of people as kuffar; an example is Jahm bn Sofwaan while the second set of people would only be declared as innovators that are not kuffar because their bid’ah is of a lesser degree. This is very clear.
Without an atom of doubt using this statement of Shaykh Soolih al-‘Uthaymeen as evidence that every bid’ah takes a Muslim out of the fold of Islaam is not only whimsical but also absolutely illogical. What did he himself say about whether or not every innovation takes a Muslim out of Islaam? How can this scholar say some innovation does not take a Muslim out of Islaam if he beliefs that every innovator has the ruling of having ‘positively’ tampered with ULOOHIYYAH AND AR-RUBOOBIYYAH??? Isn’t that illogical??? That is why I have always said it that Muhammad ‘Aliyy Jabata and his brainwashed students are intellectually impotent. The word may be harsh, but that it is the reality of their situation. They keep on hiding under some ambiguous statements to establish their innovations. May Allaah guide them or break their back!
There are (many) more explanations on this, but I belief this suffices for the one whose intellect is okay. Refer to the books of the scholars for more explanations. May Allaah grant us a better understanding of this deen. We ask Allaah to guide Rosheed Mustopha al-Khoorijee (the trees and birds professor and vice president of Muhammad ‘Aliyy Jabata) and their misguided students to the truth.
To be continued…
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 till the end of time.
Aboo Aaishah Al Odeomeey