Hold on to the person who is on the Sunnah of the Prophet
You cannot delude yourself with anyone until you know that he is on the Sunnah of the Prophet
Commentary on the hadith“… Allah supports this religion as a wicked person”
According to Abu Hurayrah, it is stated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) on the day of Khaibar ordered Bilal to address the people: “No one will enter Paradise except a submissive soul ( Muslim). And verily, Allah supports this religion as a wicked person ”(quoted by al-Bukhari and Muslim).
The reason for this hadith:
Abu Hurayrah said: “We were present at Khaybar, and the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said about the man who was with him and declared about his Islam:“ He is from the inhabitants of the Fire.”
When the battle began, this man fought most vigorously, and when there were many wounds on him and some people already began to doubt, he began to faint from wounds, and then he took his quiver, took out arrows from there, and cut himself with them.
Muslim people turned to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him): “O Messenger of Allah, the Almighty confirmed your words, because that man killed himself.”
Then the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Rise, oh so-and-so, and inform people that no one will enter Paradise except the believer. And verily, Allah is supporting this religion with a wicked person. ”
1. A Muslim must be careful, one should not be deceived at the sight of anyone who declares that he wants victory for Islam, whether he declares jihad, or proposes himself for Dagwat, or censure of evil, or for charitable actions or any other cases, which in our time are usually called the word “Islamic activity” …
There is no need to rush to recognize him, trust him and accept what he says, encourage people to sit with him and listen to him until you are convinced that this person is on the Sunnah. The fact is that for the adherent of the Sunnah, all his foundations correspond to what the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) came with, but it is not enough to recognize someone who corresponds to the Sunnah only partially!
After all, each sect related to Islam, in some way corresponds to the Sunnah, some more, others less. For this reason, scholars from among the Salaf pointed out the importance of this rule, because the greatest damage for the adherents of the Sunnah (not only for ordinary people from among them but also for those who do not strive for discrimination) is inflicted precisely from this side.
So, said Imam al-Barbahari in the book “Sharh al-Sunnah”: “It is not allowed for a person to say: such and such is a follower of the Sunnah until he learns that on all issues that person corresponds to the Sunnah, you cannot call someone a follower of the Sunnah until all the Sunnah is gathered in him. ”
Today, there are those among people who are in a hurry to give a good description to people unknown to him, to call them an adherent of the Sunnah just because they hear someone praising the holders of power, or because he, for example, criticized the Tabligans and the like.
Thus, they give their recommendations and a good description, knowing only certain aspects through which it is still impossible to judge the rest. If you need to give him a characterization, then let him evaluate only the side that is known to him and in which he showed himself on the good side, but let him not deceive other people until he understands the true essence of that person.
2. Adherents of innovations resort to concealing their views at the beginning of their activities, especially when they feel fear for themselves, for example, when most of the people around observe the Sunnah or when the authorities are closely watching the sectarians.
They keep hiding until the right moment comes, and that’s when they unleash their venom in cunning and treacherous ways.
Said Imam al-Barbahari: “Adherents of innovation can be compared with scorpions, which hide their head and body under the sand and leave their tail on the surface, and sting as soon as possible. In the same way, supporters of innovations hide among people, and when an opportunity arises, they do the deliberate.”
There are many lessons and examples of this in history. For example, anyone who reads about the events associated with the fitnah of al-Mukhtar ibn Abu Ubeid in Iraq or with the fitnah of Ibn Tumurta in the Maghreb will see how much cunning and treachery they used to spoil the beliefs of people, overthrow the ruler, spread wickedness to earth, shed blood, etc.
One of the tricks of the adherents of innovation, with which they deceive different people, is that they impersonate the followers of one of the Sunni scholars, and also attribute their innovation to that righteous scientist so that ordinary people would believe them and accept the innovation out of respect for to that scientist.
So, Ibn Batta said about one of the tricks of the Qadarite sect: “Sometimes someone of them is asked: who is your imam, whom you follow in your conviction – dirty and unworthy? And they declare that their leader is al-Hasan al-Basri himself, may Allah have mercy on him.
So these innovators add to their vile disbelief and hypocrisy the construction of a lie against the imam from among the imams of Muslims, their lord, and scholar, attributing unbelief to him, casting slander on him, and accusing him falsely and sinfully. All this is to decorate your innovation in front of your opponent, who defeats them.”
A similar thing happens today in large numbers, because how often the supporters of whims erect lies on the Sunnah scholars, passing off as their words what they did not say, but what supports their innovation, or distorting their speeches and applying them to the wrong situations and filling them extraneous meaning.
3. Scholars from among the righteous predecessors have pointed out some of the characteristics that distinguish the followers of whims so that their false beliefs do not affect the followers of the Sunnah. I will confine myself to mentioning three of them.
First. The manifestation of anger at the mention of criticism of innovations, sects, jamaats, and their followers.
The anger caused in such a situation indicates love for the opinion for which the person is angry, it was hard for him to hear criticism and reveal his falsity.
If he were a real Salafi, he would not become angry when criticizing innovations, but on the contrary would be happy about it, because he does not blindly defend a lie and knows that such criticism is one of the types of jihad on the path of Allah, protecting the boundaries of religion.
It is known that a certain person turned to Abu Bakr ibn ‘Ayyash: “O Abu Bakr, who is a Sunni?” He replied: “This is a man who does not get angry at the mention of whims.”
The meaning of his words is that it is the adherent of whims or, at least, the one in whose heart there is a disease and susceptibility to them, that anger is shown, so it is imperative to beware of this.
Second. A person can be recognized by his comrades, associates, accomplices, and entourage. As the hadith says: “A man is on the religion of his friend.”
Many early imams pointed out this useful tool by which you can remove confusion from a person whose true identity remains incomprehensible to many people, especially from someone who outwardly pretends to be a follower of the Sunnah. There is no other such sign that could quickly identify them.
Imam Al-Avza’i (Abdurahman ibn Amr) said: “He who hid his innovation from us will not hide his environment for us.”
Abdullah ibn al-Mubarak said: “Whose innovation remained unnoticed for us, his entourage will not disappear.”
Al-Fudail ibn Iyad said: “Beware of the one who sits with the adherent of innovation.”
When Sufyan al-Sauri arrived in Basra, he began to observe the position of ar-Rabi ‘ibn Subayh among the people and asked: “What is his direction?” They answered him: “He has no other direction, except for the Sunnah.” He asked: “Who is in his entourage?” He was told: “People from among the Qadarites.” Then he said: “So he is Qadarit.”
Third. Condemnation of the Sunnah scholars.
This is a common feature for all adherents of whims. The censure of scientists comes in different forms, sometimes more explicitly, sometimes less, directly or indirectly. Scientists mention this when they talk about the types of slander.
4. No one denies that sometimes the adherents of innovations can defend the truth, or by their hands, something is removed from the false, or at the beginning of the path a certain person is on the truth and then is mistaken. But none of this should deceive people about this person, as long as he is among the adherents of innovation.
On the contrary, whoever finds out the true essence of this person and understands the danger posed by him, let him reveal his position and make sincere advice to the Muslim ummah.
It is known that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) feared for his ummah a person who would read the Koran so much that its brilliance would become noticeable on it, and it would become a support for Islam, and then its position would change and he would oppose his neighbor -Muslim, declaring him unfaithful and allowing his blood.
How wonderful are the words of Imam al-Aajurri, who warned the followers of the Sunnah against seduction by the speech of an adherent of innovations and his numerous worship, while he was in error?
Speaking about the Kharijites, he said the following: “Whoever sees the zeal of the Kharijit, who came out against the Imam of Muslims (whether that imam is righteous or unjust), who gathered a community around him, who drew a sword, who allowed the killing of Muslims, should not be deceived by the beauty of his reading of the Qur’an, or the length of the prayer, neither the frequency of fasting nor his beautiful words about knowledge, if his path is the path of the Kharijites.”