All perfect praise is for Allaah alone. We beseech His peace and blessings upon Muhammad (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam).
Rosheed Mustopha al-Khoorijee, the second in command to Muhammad ‘Aliyy Jabata al-Khoorijee (the misguided man who invented many innovations into the deen of Allaah in Nigeria), said, “And also our scholar known as Saleem al-Hilaalee; he also said in his book ‘Al bid’ah wa athaaruha as-sayyi’ fil ummah’ that every bid’ah has the same level of sin. Every bid’ah has the same sin and there is no difference between one bid’ah and the other.” [Time: 13 minutes 51 seconds to 14 minutes 08 seconds]
Rosheed Mustopha al-Khoorijee used these lies to establish that Shaykh Saleem bn ‘Eid al-Hilaalee (hafidhohuLlaah) is upon the belief that ‘every bid’ah is a major kufr.’
How obvious is this blatant lie from the trees and birds professor?
To begin with, his translation was erroneous. This is what Shaykh Saleem bn ‘Eid al-Hilaalee said while mentioning reasons why bid’ah can’t be categorized under the five rulings of the Sharee’ah; “THE FOUTH REASON: SINNING IS THE COMMON FACTOR CONSTANT IN EVERY BID’AH (INNOVATION). IT IS NOT PERMISSIBLE FOR US TO RULE THAT ONE INNOVATION IS SMALLER IN SIN TO THE OTHER (THEREFORE IT SHOULD BE OVERLOOKED AND PEOPLE SHOULD ENGAGE IN IT). IT IS JUST A MERE REASONING AND THIS IS EVEN AN INNOVATION IN ITSELF. AND YOU HAVE FORMERLY LEARNT THAT SMALL INNOVATIONS WILL LATER BECOME BIG INNOVATIONS.” (Al Bid’ah wa Athaaruha As-Sayyi’ fil-Ummah, Makatabatu Daari Affan Page 40)
These statements are very simple to understand. Shaykh Saleem al-Hilaalee (hafidhohuLlaah) was mentioning the reasons why bid’ah can’t be categorized under the five rulings of the Sharee’ah. Under this heading, he debunked the claim that there are innovations that are good in the deen. He (hafidhohuLlaah) said, “THE FIRST POINT; AS FOR CATEGORIZING BID’AH INTO GOOD AND BAD ONE OR THE ONE WE ACCEPT AND THE ONE WE REJECT; IT IS A CATEGORIZATION WHICH HAS NO EVIDENCE IN THE SHAREE’AH. HOW CAN THIS CATEGORIZATION HAVE EVIDENCE IN THE SHAREE’AH WHILE IT IS CONTRADICTING VERSES OF THE QUR’AAN AND AUTHENTIC AHADEETH?” Therefore, there is no difficulty in understanding that he was undoubtedly refuting the categorization of some innovations as hasanah not mufaasiqoh and mukaffiroh.
Secondly, it was under this heading that he said, ‘sinning is the common factor constant in every bid’ah’, a statement mischievously translated as ‘every bid’ah has the same level of sin’ by Rosheed and his dull teacher (Muhammad ‘Aliyy Jabata). The Shaykh meant that there is no bid’ah except that it opposes the correct way and is in itself a sin. There is no difficulty in understanding this, as disobeying the texts is a sin generally except when one tries to narrow down specific sins giving it its ruling. However, the ruling of bid’ah could be mukaffiroh or mufassiqoh depending on its weight in the Sharee’ah. Shaykh wasn’t saying that every bid’ah must have the same ruling as asserted by the Jabataweeys of Nigeria.
Moreover, his statements, “IT IS NOT PERMISSIBLE FOR US TO RULE THAT ONE BID’AH IS SMALLER IN SIN TO THE OTHER (THEREFORE IT SHOULD BE OVERLOOKED AND PEOPLE SHOULD ENGAGE IN IT). IT IS JUST A MERE REASONING AND THIS IS EVEN BID’AH IN ITSELF.” This also goes back to the fact that ruling some bid’ah to be obligatory upon the Muslims does not have a place to sit in the Sharee’ah because the statements of the Messenger of Allaah (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam) is very clear. He (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “…The worst of affairs (in our religion) are the newly invented things; every newly invented thing is an innovation and every innovation is misguidance, and every misguidance is in the Fire…” Therefore, no one says some innovations are good except that he contradicts this narration.
As for his statement, ‘AND YOU HAVE FORMERLY LEARNT THAT SMALL INNOVATIONS WILL LATER BECOME BIG INNOVATIONS’, this is well established in the statements of the people of knowledge. Imaam Al-Barbahaareey said, ‘“Beware of SMALL INNOVATIONS because they GROW until they become BIG. This is the case with every innovation introduced in this Ummah. It began as something small, bearing resemblance to the truth, which is why those who entered it were misled and then were unable to leave it. So it GREW and became the religion which they followed and thus deviated from the straight path and left Islaam.’
How do small innovations become big? Shaykh Saleem bn ‘Eid will himself give us an illustration.
To be continued…
Aboo Aaishah Al Odeomeey