All perfect praise is for Allaah alone. We beseech His peace and blessings upon Muhammad (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam).
In continuation; as for the statement, “YOU WILL NEVER SEE AN INNOVATOR EXCEPT THAT THERE IS A FORM OF SHIRK WITH HIM”; there is no difficulty in understanding it. Before explaining it, it is worth mentioning that it is the statement of Shaykhul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah not Shaykh Soolih al-‘Uthaymeen as you affirmed.
This statement is talking about two things, the innovator, and a form of shirk. Don’t forget that Shaykhul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (‘alayhi rahmotuLlaah) earlier mentioned that THE INNOVATOR WILL LATTER MOVE CLOSE TO SHIRK (IF HE IS NOT CAREFUL). We understand from that statement that an innovator is not a mushrik. The statement is talking about two different things; the innovator himself (who has done some acts of bid’ah which makes him an innovator) and the possibility of engaging in some acts of shirk (due to his parochial intellect). If he meant by this, that an innovator is a mushrik, he would have mentioned it explicitly. Do you think Ibn Taymiyyah has something to hide here? If I say, “there is no liar except that you see some traces of stealing in him”, or “there is no lady who dresses indecently except that she fornicates”. Tell me, am I referring to two exact things in each case? Do these statements directly mean that a liar must be a thief and an indecently dressed lady must be a prostitute? Ponder upon this simple illustration. This Shaykh is very clear with his statements and there is no difficulty in understanding it. Pocket your philosophy, this is Islaam!
In explanation of this statement of Shaykhul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (rohimohuLlaah), 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”
These comments of Shaykh Muhammad Soolih al-‘Uthaymeen would be explored 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