The questioner asks: Oh Noble Sheikh, is it correct to make a connection between sin (المعصية) and innovation (البدعة). Comparing the example of two people by saying, “Who is more evil? The one who fornicates, drinks alcohol and commits a major sins or an individual whose outward appearance is one of righteousness and piety but verily he aids the organization of Jame’yah Ihyaa At-Turaath and other then them from the (corrupted) organizations (implying that the second is better)? Knowing and being well aware of the fact that innovation is more evil then sin, however is there any authentic evidence indicating and linking the two together in its origin?
It is said to him to refrain from sin as Allah says in the translation of its meaning:
“Say (Oh Muhammad), obey Allah and his Messenger” Soorah An-Noor:54
and He also declares in the translation of its meaning:
“It is not for the believing man or women when Allah and his Messenger have decreed an affair, that they have any choice in the matter” Soorah Al-Ahzaab:36
It isn’t for you to now choose from this and then leave off that. That you leave off fornication and sins and encourage the people to distance themselves from that (these evil acts), but as far as refraining from innovation then it is not a must.
Rather, it is a must for him to be just in his warning the people (to avoid sins and innovation). For verily, if you leave of this (sinning), then it is a must for you to involve warning from that (innovation). All (sins and innovations) being destructive and not permissible. And it is said to him all of it is harmful and not permissible in totality.
And also do not water down the people to have a soft spot for the organizations such as Jame’yah Ihyaa At-Turaath thinking that it is better than fornicating and better then such and such sin. While this also in affect can be a source of division amongst the Muslims. And this one (the innovator) may fall into that which the fornicator and the one who drinks alcohol didn’t fall into (an innovation).
The Prophet may the peace and prayer be upon him said:
«من خبب إمراةً على زوجها أو مملوكاً على سيده فليسمنا»
“the one who lures a women away from her husband or a slave from his master is not from us”
So what is your opinion of the one that does it with the deen? Slashing it up and tearing it up from here and there in order to attain some low worldly benefits!!
)لِيَحْمِلُوا أَوْزَارَهُمْ كَامِلَةً يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ وَمِنْ أَوْزَارِ الَّذِينَ يُضِلُّونَهُمْ بِغَيْرِ عِلْمٍ أَلَا سَاءَ مَا يَزِرُونَ(
“In order for them to carry there sins completely on the day of resurrection and from the sins of those who lead them astray without knowledge, evil is inevitably what they carry.”
And these uncertainties snatch away and abduct the people, and it is from the natural disposition of the human being for their hearts to be soft towards this worldly life. Many of the souls are severely enticed by this worldly life, and fall into it’s temptations. And we ask Allah for safety and well-being (العافية).
The questioner asks: Oh noble Sheikh, is it true that there is some type of harshness which are found in some of the narrations o the Salaf like the saying: “Neighboring a Jew or a Christian, or monkeys or pigs is more beloved to me then neighboring a person of desires (innovations), and he diseases my heart”are too harsh and severe, and in these narrations is found evil which go against the Quran and the Sunnah referring to the statement of the Messenger of Allah, may the peace and prayer be upon him, “the believer is not a slanderer or one who always curses on people or who is continuous upon despicable major sins.”
Or on the other hand there is a possibility that the one who said it only said this out of anger so they are not to be looked into?
This is a statement of the one who revokes the way of the Salaf. Like the words of Abu Qilaabah “do not argue with the people of desires, for it is feared that they may immerse you in their innovation and deceive you from your own deen!!!” And also the likes of the statement of Ibn Abbas which we have previously mentioned and from these statements are many.
In reality by Allah, what affect will sitting with the monkeys and pigs have on a person? As for sitting with the innovator, then verily this causes sickness and will lead your hearts astray. The example of the righteous companion and the wicked is like the oil salesman and the blacksmith, and Allah says
in the translation of its meaning::
“The day the oppressor will bite at his hand saying, woe to me! Had I have taken the path of the Messenger! Woe to me! If I had only not taken so and so as a close friend! Verily he led me astray from the remembrance when it came to me, and Shaytaan verily to mankind is a deceiver”Soorah Al-Furqaan: 27-28
So this revoking, that which is done in a discreet matter, and him saying that these statements are cursing and defamation of character is not correct, rather it is a warning from the people of falsehood and it is an advice for them. As the Messenger of Allah rsaid “The religion is sincere advice three times. We then asked to who Oh Messenger of Allah? He then said to Allah and his Messenger and his Book and to the leaders of the Muslims and the Common Folk amongst them.”
This is what is correct and true. As for there revoking of this, then it shows there uneasiness from this way, the way which the Salaf preceded upon, and from the later ones who followed there way from the people of the Sunnah.
Recorded the third night of the week of the 3rd day of the month Rajab 1431
From the Knowledge Based-Treasury