All perfect praise is for Allaah alone. We beseech His peace and blessings upon Muhammad (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam).
Firstly, as evident from the conversation, Shaykh Muhammad Noosiruddeen Al-Albaanee (rohimohuLlaah) started by refuting the differentiation between bid’ah in the issues of ‘aqeedah and bid’ah in the issues of ahkaam, not the categorization of bid’ah into mukaffiroh and mufassiqoh. He meant by this, as apparent from the conversation, that there is no evidence for the claim that it is only bid’ah in the issues of ‘aqeedah that is capable of taking its doer out of the fold of Islaam. He (rohimohuLlaah) said, “THAT IS A NONSENSICAL STATEMENT. AMONG THE THINGS WHICH THE KHALAF THE LATER GENERATION, HAVE INHERITED FROM THE SALAF AND BY THE TERM SALAF HERE I INTEND A DIFFERENT MEANING THAN THE TECHNICAL MEANING WHICH IS UNDERSTOOD AMONGST US, IS THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN ERRORS IN AL-FUROO’ (SECONDARY PRINCIPLES) AND ERRORS IN AL-USOOL (FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES). AN ERROR IN SECONDARY PRINCIPLES IS FORGIVABLE, WHEREAS AN ERROR IN PRIMARY PRINCIPLES IS UNFORGIVABLE. THE HADEETH WHOSE AUTHENTICITY IS WELL KNOWN; “IF A JUDGE MAKES A RULING AND STRIVES TO FIND THE TRUTH AND IS CORRECT, HE GETS TWO REWARDS. AND IF HE MAKES A MISTAKE, HE GETS ONE REWARD”, THAT IS (SUPPOSEDLY) IN THE SECONDARY PRINCIPLES. AS FOR THE FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES, THEY ARE NOT EXCUSABLE. THAT DISTINCTION HAS NO FOUNDATION, NEITHER IN THE QUR’AAN NOR IN THE SUNNOH NOR AMONG THE STATEMENTS OF THE RIGHTEOUS PREDECESSORS. WHAT EXISTS IN THE STATEMENT OF THE RIGHTEOUS PREDECESSORS, IS A STRONG WARNING AGAINST INNOVATION IN GENERAL, WHETHER IT BE IN ‘AQEEDAH OR IN ‘IBAADAH.” He was refuting the claim of those who say that errors in the issues of al-usool is unforgivable while errors in the issues of al’furoo’ is forgivable. This is what he referred to as something which has no basis in the Qur’aan, Sunnah and amongst the statements of the Salaf. He referred to this distinction as bid’ah with his statement, “THIS STATEMENT IS A PRODUCT OF ‘ILMUL KALAAM. THE DISTINCTION MADE BETWEEN INNOVATIONS IN AL-USOOL (FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES) AND INNOVATIONS IN AL-FUROO’ (SECONDARY PRINCIPLES), OR THE BID’AH IN AHKAAM (LAWS) AND BID’AH IN ‘IBAADAAT (ACTS OF WORSHIP), THIS DISTINCTION IS ITSELF INNOVATION.” Therefore Shaykh Albaanee was refuting you in reality because you and your boss hold that there is no excuse of ignorance in the primary principles. Shaykh is of the view that whether it be in the issues of al-usool or al-furoo’, mistakes are excusable until proven otherwise.
Secondly, Shaykh wasn’t refuting the categorization of bid’ah into mukaffiroh and mufassiqoh because he himself beliefs in it as evident in this conversation, and some of his books. In his book (mousuu’atu Al-Albanee fil ‘aqeedah) he (rohimohuLlaah) explained the division of bid’ah, making it clear that he is not on that erroneous belief of “every bid’ah is a major kufr”. In addition, in his book (hajjatu nnobiyy), he (rohimohuLlaah) also made it clear that innovations are not of the same level, he even made it clear in the book that there are from innovations, the ones that takes the doer out of the fold of Islaam and the ones that do not take the doer out of the fold of Islaam. As such, it is not to be understood, in anyway, within this conversation, or in any of his books, that he objects this categorization, rather, he was even establishing it in this conversation. So in reality you’re only lying and distorting his statements to establish your errors.
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