All perfect praise is for Allaah alone. We beseech His peace and blessings upon Muhammad (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam).
Rosheed Mustopha al-Khoorijee, may Allaah guide him, said in the same tape, “Also our Shaykh Soolih al-‘Uthaymeen (rohimohuLlaah) said in his Sharh of Iqtidoo as-sirootul mustaqeem; he said you won’t see any innovator except that shirk is with him because if we explain to him and he continues with it, he will contradict tawheed ruboobiyyah or tawheed uloohiyyah.” [Time: 13:19-13:47]
To start with, just as we know the innovators, they are fond of quoting the scholars out of context when trying to establish their falsehood. Instead of quoting and explaining the whole explanations, he erroneously quoted a part which he wishes to romance. Firstly, what did Shaykh Soolih al-‘Uthaymeen say about bid’ah mufassiqoh and bid’ah mukaffiroh?
Shaykh Soolih Al-‘Uthaymeen (rohimohuLlaah) was asked: “How can a lover of Sunnah relate with a person of Bid’ah? Is it permissible to forsake him?”
Shaykh (rohimohuLlaah) answered: “Innovations can be categorized into two: The innovation that makes a person Kaafir, and the one that is less than that; we must however call those who attribute themselves to Islaam and that have these forms of Bid’ah whether they are guilty of innovations that take people out of the Deen or the ones that are less than that, to the truth. We should not attack them except when we see that they are arrogant to the truth…, so whenever we see obstinacy and arrogance in them, we should explain their falsehood (to the people)…” [Al-Ibdaa’ fee Bayaan Kamaal Ash-Shar’ Wa Khatar Al-Ibtidaa’, page 37].
Shaykh Ibn al-‘Uthaymeen (rohimohuLlaah) said: “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]
The foregoing has however made it clear that Shaykh Muhammad Soolih al-‘Uthaymeen (rohimohuLlaah) categorized innovations (in the deen) into that which takes it doer out of the fold of Islaam, and that which is of a lesser degree. His explanations are very clear to the extent that he expounded in details, how to deal with people who are into any of the levels of innovations. In lieu of this, any statement expunged from the books of Shaykh al-‘Uthaymeen to establish the creed of “all innovation takes it doer out of the fold of Islaam” will be kept at bay and can never see the light of the day, because it will only be a misgrounded conceit.
In shaa Allaah, the whole explanation which you clipped a part of it will be mentioned and explained in the next write-up.
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