All perfect praise is for Allaah alone. We beseech His peace and blessings upon Muhammad (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam).
In continuation, how do small innovations become big? Shaykh Saleem al-Hilaalee (hafidhohuLlaah) will himself give us an example.
Shaykh Saleem bn ‘Eid al-Hilaalee (hafidhohuLlaah) gives an example of how small innovations lead to bigger ones.
A striking example of how small innovations lead a person into committing major innovations is found in the narration reported by ad-Daarimee in his Sunon (1/79): ‘Amr ibn Salmah said: We used to sit by the door of ‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ood before the Morning Prayer, so that when he came out we would walk him to the mosque. (One day) Aboo Moosa al-Ash’aree came to us and said, “ Has Aboo ‘Abd ar-Rahmoon come out yet?” We replied, “No.” So he sat down with us until he came out. When he came out, we all stood along with him, so Aboo Moosa said to him, “O Aboo ‘Abd ar-Rahmoon! I have just seen something in the mosque which I deemed to be evil, but all praise is for Allaah, I did not see anything except good.” He enquired, “Then what is it?” (Aboo Moosa) replied, “If you live you will see it. I saw in the mosque people sitting in circles awaiting the Prayer. In each circle they had pebbles in their hands and a man would say ‘repeat Allaahu Akbar a hundred times.’ So they would repeat it a hundred times. Then he would say, ‘say Laa ilaaha illaLlaah a hundred times.’ So they would say it a hundred times. Then he would say, ‘say SubhaanoLlaah a hundred times.’ So they would say it a hundred times.” (Ibn Mas’ood) asked, “What did you say to them?” (Aboo Moosa) said, “I did not say anything to them. Instead I waited to hear your view or what you declared.”
(Ibn Mas’ood) replied, “Had it been you ordered them to count up the evil deeds they have acquired and assured them that their good deeds would not be lost (it would have been better)!” Then we went along with him (Ibn Mas’ood) until he came to one of those circles and stood and said, what is this which I see you doing? They replied, “O Aboo ‘Abd ar-Rahmoon! These are pebbles upon which we are counting takbeer, tahleel and tasbeeh.” He said, “Count up your evil deeds. I assure you that none of your good deeds will be lost. Woe to you, O Ummah of Muhammad (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam)! How quickly you go to destruction! These are the Companions of your Prophet and who are widespread. There are his clothes which have not yet decayed and his bowl which is unbroken. By Him in Whose Hand is my soul! Either you are upon a Religion better guided than the Religion of Muhammad (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam) or that you are opening the door of misguidance.” They said, “O Aboo ‘Abd ar-Rahmoon! By Allaah, we only intended good.” He said, “How many are those who intend good but do not achieve it? Indeed Allaah’s Messenger said to us ‘A people will recite the Qur’aan but it will not pass beyond their throats.’ By Allaah! I do not know, perhaps most of them are from you.” Then he left them.”
‘Umar ibn Salmah (the sub-narrator) said: We saw most of those people fighting against us on the day of Nahrawaan, along with the Khowaarij. [Authenticated by Shaykh Saleem bn ‘Eid al-Hilaalee, in al-Bid’ah pg. 26-29].
After exposing the lies and distortions of Rosheed Mustopha (and his strayed teacher) regarding some of the statements of Shaykh Saleem al-Hilaalee (hafidhohuLlaah) which they hide under to propagate their innovations, we shall proceed to mention statements which prove that Shaykh Saleem al-Hilaalee categorized bid’ah into mukaffiroh (the one which take the Muslims out of the fold of Islaam) and ghoyr mukaffiroh (the one which does not take the Muslims out of the fold of Islaam) in that same book (Al bid’ah wa atharuha as-sayyi’ fil-ummah) apart from his clear statements that there are small and big innovations.
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