Our Stance from People of Bid'ah
Allah, the Exalted, says:
(Say (O Muhammad) to these idolaters: follow what has been sent down unto you from your Rubb, and follow not any Auliya' (protectors and helpers, etc.) besides Him.) (7:3)
The man of Bid’ahThe person of Bid'ah can be categorized according to the Bid'ah practice which he observes into one of two categories:
- 1st Category: The one who observes an innovation or devious practice due to his ignorance, and it has not spread amongst people. This person should be taught and the truth made clear to him that his actions and deeds oppose the Shari'ah.
- 2nd Category: The one who observes an innovation or devious practice because he is following his whims and desires. This person should be reminded of the stern punishment of Allah, and the truth should be made clear to him in a wise and appropriate manner. If he refuses to accept the truth, and adamantly persists and chooses to practice his Bid'ah; people should be cautioned and warned about this man and his devious Bid'ah practices, so that they would avoid it.
The act of Bid’ah
The Bid'ah practice itself may reach the level of Kufr; in the case where it does reach the level of Kufr (disbelief), then it is a must upon people to boycott that person after he has been given sincere advice and has refused to accept it.
If the Bid'ah practice is not tantamount to Kufr and boycotting him would cause him to return to the Sunnah he should be boycotted. But if doing so would not benefit then he should not be boycotted, since boycotting him would cause him to stray farther from the Sunnah. He should be given sincere counseling and advice in a wise and beautiful manner. The Prophet said:
'It is not lawful for a Muslim to boycott his brother for more than three days.' (Bukhari #5718)
The Pious Predecessors, with whom Allah is pleased, would clarify and refute every Bid'ah in light of the Qur'an and Sunnah. This is not a duty confined to the scholars alone; rather it is a duty upon every Muslim who witnesses an innovation in the Deen of Allah, which has no basis in the Shari'ah. If the individual can clarify the truth, he should do so, otherwise he should refer the matter to the scholars, who would clarify this matter to the people, and eliminate the 'proofs' used by the people of Bid'ah to support their innovations.
Reasons for the spread of Bid'ah
Not applying the Shari'ah of Allah, and being content with other than it. Allah says: (O you who believe! Obey Allah and obey the Messenger (Muhammad) and those of you (Muslims) who are in authority. (And) if you differ in anything amongst yourselves, refer it to Allah and His Messenger () if you believe in Allah and in the Last Day. That is better and more suitable for final determination.) (4:59) ...Read More +
Conditions for the Acceptance of Good Deeds
The deeds of slaves will not be accepted unless two conditions are met:
1st Condition: Sincerity. i.e. the deeds must be done sincerely for the sake of Allah. Allah says: (And they were commanded not but that they should worship Allah, and worship none but Him Alone (abstaining from ascribing partners to Him) and perform As-Salat and give Zakat: and that is the right Deen.) (98:5)...
Dangers of Bid'ah
There is immense danger in observing acts of Bid'ah; the enemies of Islam would attack Islam and Muslims through it. So every Muslim should be cautious so that he would not be used as a tool to harm the Deen or Muslims in any manner. Furthermore, a Muslim should not cover up or hide a man of Bid'ah.