The Masjid of The People of Innovation is Cleaner and More Comfortable….!!! – Answered by Sheikh Saleh al Fowzan
Answered by Sheikh Saleh al Fowzan at the end of his lesson on 28 Thul Hijjah 1434h. | Saturday November 2nd, 2013
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Some people in our country pray and attend the masaajid (plural of masjid) of the people of innovation and desires. When we advise them, they respond: These masaajid are cleaner and more comfortable than the masaajid of Ahlu Sunnah!
How should we respond to their statement, and is it allowed for one to perform (such an) action?
If this person intends to go there to admonish them, correct them, and display the Sunnah, then there is no problem in him going, and this is something good. As for him saying that they (the masaajid of the people of innovation and desires) are cleaner and, and… This speech is erroneous, and it is an indication that he prefers the people of innovation over the people of the Sunnah. This is a very dangerous affair. In addition, why doesn’t he clean the masaajid of the people of the Sunnah? He should seek reward from Allah and clean the masaajid, or find someone to clean them.
(Q&A at end of lesson)
The speech of our beloved father is a clear indication that the people of the Sunnah should act upon the following:
- They should strive to be in the company of the people of the Sunnah
- They should strive to help with the upkeep of the masaajid of the people of the Sunnah
- They should be diligent and eager in providing any and all forms of support (physical, financial, etc) to the masaajid of the people of the Sunnah
- Those in charge of the masaajid should try their best to thorough keep these places of worship clean, comfortable, and free of all forms of harm (shirk, innovation, fitna, hizbiyah, dirt, filth, etc.) 
- If a person of the Sunnah attends a masjid of the people of innovation, he should admonish them, correct them, or call them to the Sunnah.
Mustafa George DeBerry
28 Thul Hijjah 1434h. | Saturday November 2nd, 2013
 Sheikh Saleh ala Sheik said: It is upon the individuals responsible in the masjid to make it a place of good, kindness, and learning. They should likewise make it a place of comfort, relaxation, unity of the hearts and assisting upon good, righteousness and taqwa. (Al Aimah wa Muathinoon pg. 5)
Sheikh Ahmad an Najmi (may Allah have mercy on him) said: Being that the masjid is the source of all good, it is mandatory upon those who are responsible for the masjid to only allow those who are qualified to be responsible for the masjid. Those who teach in it, it should be known by way of their lectures, sermons, speeches and lessons, that they call to that which is supported by the Book, the Sunnah and the guidance of the Salaf as Saleh. As for the individual who is accused; based on proofs, that he is a hizbee and he spreads, supports and calls to innovation, they should forbid this person from teaching in the masjid. (The Place of the Masjid in Islam pg. 90)
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False Statements: ‘Do not declare the people to be innovators!’ ‘Yaa Akhee! Leave this speech! Leave this speech! Will Allaah ask you about them?’” – Shaykh Ahmad Baazmool
Here he says: “There are those who say, ‘Do not declare the people to be innovators!’ Or when you convey the Scholar’s tabdee’ of a person, he says, ‘Yaa Akhee! Leave this speech! Leave this speech! Will Allaah ask you about them?’”
The answer is yes! You will be asked on the Day of Resurrection about an innovator whose affair became widespread amongst the people, and you knew that the Scholars declared him an innovator, and you betrayed the people and didn’t advise them that this is an innovator! You will be asked on the Day of Resurrection. In fact, your neighbour, your friend and your brother will cling to you and say – as has come in some narrations: “O Allaah! This one saw me upon evil and didn’t change it!”
O you Miskeen! You want to rectify your situation and defend yourself, so you speak ill of this religion and you speak ill of the Manhaj of the Salaf! Ok, so when the Salaf – may Allaah be pleased with them – refuted the people of innovations, warned against them, clarified their dangers and advised the Ummah [saying:] “So and so is an innovator!”, “Don’t sit with so and so!”… ‘Umar [ibn al-Khattaab], when he warned against Sabeegh, commanded that they get him out and to not sit with him: do we say to ‘Umar, “O ‘Umar! Allaah will not ask you about them!” No, he will be asked! You will be asked! Because if you are able to clarify the Truth and there is not any legislated maani’ (barrier, obstacle), e.g. you fear upon yourself to be harmed; by being hit or by certainly or most-likely being harmed, then you are excused. But if you are able to clarify and you have the proof from the words of the Scholars, then it is obligatory that you clarify, O brother!
O brother, you, you: if I came to buy this phone from this Ustaadh, Shaykh Khaalid. Ok? And this phone is broken. Ok? I came to buy it, then after I bought it and Shaykh Khaalid left, I went to sit with you and you said to me, “To be honest, I know that this phone is broken. Why did you buy it? His phone is not good.” What do I say to him? Do I say, “Allaah will not ask you on the Day of Resurrection about why you didn’t advise me”? I would [unclear...] his neck and say, “Yaa Akhee! How did you not advise me?! You let me get deceived! You deceived me!”
Ok, so this is a matter of Religion! That I see you listening to, reading from or going with the people of innovations and people of desires and I don’t advise you… Which one is more deserving of advice? This one or that one? This one! This is from the angle of fixing the mind to what the Salaf – may Allaah be pleased with them – were upon. This is why the Salaf used to warn!
So therefore, the statement of this person (in the question) is inconsiderate; a ‘Aql (reasoning) which has been given precedence over the Naql (evidences). So which one has precedence, the ‘Aql or the Naql? The Naql, without a doubt!
And may Allaah raise the rank of our Prophet Muhammad, his family and his Companions and may He grant them all peace.
When is the person of Sunnah called muttabi‘ (follower) and when is he called muqallid (blind follower)? – Shaykh Ahmad Baazmool
He says: “When is the person of Sunnah called muttabi‘ (follower) and when is he called muqallid (blind follower)?”
If the person of Sunnah takes the truth with its proof from the Scholars and he – if he is from the laymen – is behind the Major Scholars and their fataawaa that are based upon the Book and the Sunnah – as is normally the case with them – and the understanding of the Salaf of this Ummah, then he is called muttabi‘ (follower) and he is not called muqallid (blind follower) with a blameworthy taqleed (blind following). This is the Manhaj of the Salaf and the ruling of the Scholars on the person of Sunnah.
And the person of Sunnah, as al-Barbahaaree – may Allaah have mercy upon him – described him… And this is an important and critical issue which we should pay attention to and understand well. What did al-Barbahaaree say? He said – may Allaah have mercy upon him:
“And a person is not described with the Sunnah until the characteristics of the Sunnah unite in him.”
So if you see a person for example engaging in the aspects of some refutations of the mukhaalifoon (those who oppose the Truth); thats it, this one is Salafee?! This is wrong! Until you look in the aspects of this and the aspects of that… His Usool are the Book, the Sunnah and the Manhaj of as-Salaf as-Saalih, he implements them and revolves around them and it is known that he is with the Salafiyyoon and his brothers from the people of Sunnah, etc; then this one is a Salafee! As for other than that, then do not be fooled by his mere refutation of some mukhaalifoon that he is a Sunnee.
Yesterday – Friday in the meeting during the break – we heard the words of some of the Mashaayikh, may Allaah reward them with good. Some of the Mashaayikh notified that some of the mukhaalifoon may show himself with refutation of the innovators. Al-Ikhwaan [al-Muslimoon] show themselves with refuting the Soofiyyah and the Raafidah, and where are al-Ikhwaan now? In the midst of the Soofiyyah and the Raafidah! And there are many attitudes [that they have]: they go and enter with them, etc. So do not be fooled until the characteristics of the Sunnah unite in him. And from the most prominent of the people who show themselves with the Sunnah, while they oppose it, are those who are known by the name Al-Haddaadiyyah – and their description has been mentioned in this meeting. Verily, they show themselves with the Sunnah, while they are in reality the enemies of the Sunnah.
The People of Innovation are of Two Types
Shaykh Saalih ibn Sa`d as-Suhaymee (hafidhahullaah)
Shaykh Saalih ibn Sa`d as-Suhaymee hafizahullaah in his taped explanation of Sharhus-Sunnah with regard to the point that the people who depart from the Truth are one of two people, said,“Yes, this is a precise categorisation from the Shaykh, rahimahullaah. The innovators are indeed of two categories, because the Shaykh, as you know, throughout his whole book, his focus is upon the innovators.
And from them there is a category who actually want the Truth, but he does not attain it. Just like the people of thikr who we mentioned a short while ago (the same incident of those people in the masjid who were doing an innovated form of thikr which `Abdullaah ibn Mas`ood criticised). Those who said to Ibn Mas`ood, radiyAllaahu’anh, ‘We only intend the Truth.’ However, how many people there are who intend the Truth, but do not attain it.
“Whoever intends the Truth, he should seek it from its correct place. And the Truth does not come about through venerating individuals, nor through flashy words, nor by having a majority. It only comes about through ittibaa`, following the Truth, following the first generations, the generations of the Companions and the Taabi`een and proceeding upon their methodology. So the like of this person (the first person, he strays into innovation but he only intends the Truth) is destroyed if he does not come back and seek the Truth with its proof from the correct place.
However his danger is less than the danger of the second category of the people. And perhaps his harm will be restricted to himself, meaning the one who intends the Truth but he seeks it not in the correct way. So he slips and innovates and falls into innovation, and the judgement upon him will be in the light of how severe his innovations are. It may be of the level of something less or it may be something major or it may be something which takes him out of Islaam, but his danger will be less.
And your advising him should be between you and him, if you know that he is not a caller to innovation and that he does not propagate innovation. Then you should come to him privately and you make clear to him the correct path, so that he can follow it. You make clear to him the methodology of the Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa`ah. You don’t make his affair open. You don’t mention him upon the minbars. You don’t mention him as being a person with criticism. Rather you direct him and give him sincere advice.
So if this type of person is how he is, then maybe be one day, by the permission of Allaah, he will turn back. And even if he stays upon his innovation, then he does not represent a great danger to the people (he doesn’t call to this innovation). However what is obligatory is that you strive to give him advice and clarify and give him correct, constructive direction.
“As for the second category of people, those who are obstinate, those who do so deliberately with pride, they commit innovation, obstinately, deliberately. The more you forbid him, the more he increases in his error until he becomes a caller to innovation. Therefore the Salaf used to reject the narrations of an innovator, who was a caller to innovation and not accept them, rather they would reject them and warn against him and against his innovation. So the like of this person, you must make his affair clear and warn against him. And if he has written a book, he is refuted with a book. If he has a tape, he is refuted with a tape. If he gives speeches, he is refuted in speeches. The people are warned against his evil. ”
Then after some speech the Shaykh said finishing, “So this second type, who is indicated by the author here, he is the most dangerous of people for this nation. Therefore it is obligatory to warn the people against him and to draw attention to their evil and to warn the nation against their evil. ”
Translated by Abu Talhah rahimahullaah
The following question was posed to Shaykh Sālih b. Fawzān Al-Fawzān – may Allāh preserve and protect him (“Sahab Salafi Network” 2012):
I intend to write about some deviated groups and warn against them. However, these groups have not left the fold of Islām, and some scholars have praised them, and I fear that [such scholars] might call against me. What is your advice and guidance for me, knowing that this group is deviated?
The Shaykh replied:
Your duty (wājib) is to clarify the truth; your duty is to clarify the truth. If you are sure about their errors and their deviation, you are one hundred percent sure, and you have the ability and the knowledge to explain, then it is a duty upon you to do this.
And when Allāh took the covenant from those who were given the scripture that you must explain it to people and not hide it… (Translation of the meaning of Āl-‘Imrān: 187)
Verily those who hide the clear guidance that We have revealed…
(Translation of the meaning of Al-Baqarah: 159, 174)
It is not allowed to hide knowledge. If you know and are sure about the deviation of some groups or sects, then clarify them and explain them for the people, so that they may be on guard against them. This is part of nasīhah (sincere concern for others; advice). The Messenger – Allāh’s praise and peace be upon him – said:
The religion is nasīhah (sincerity). We asked: “to whom?” He replied, “to Allāh, and to His Book, and to His Messenger, and to the leaders of the Muslims and their masses. (Sahīh Muslim, hadīth #55)
[In doing so,] do not fear the people. You must fear Allāh – the exalted and perfect – and explain the truth and refute falsehood, and not fear people, yes.
Sahab Salafi Network online forum, September 06, 2012, Al-Allamah Al-Fawzan: whoever has the ability, and knows and is sure about the deviation of some group is obliged to explain it (Arabic), http://www.sahab.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=122971.
Translated by Abū Abdillāh Owais Al-Hāshimī
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