It is obligatory to warn the Ummah against Innovators by || Shaykh-ul-Islām Ibn Taymiyyah (Rahimahullāh)


Shaykh-ul-Islām Ibn Taymiyyah (Rahimahullāh) said:

“So for example, the Imāms of innovation from the people who have statements which oppose the Book and the Sunnah or actions of worship which oppose the Book and the Sunnah, then their condition has to be clarified and it is obligatory to warn the Ummah against them by agreement of the Muslims. To the extent that it was said to

Ahmad bin Hanbal: “If a man fasts, prays and secludes himself in the worship of Allāh, is this more beloved to you or talking about the people of innovation????? ”

Imām Ahmad replied: “When a person prays, fasts and secludes himself in worship then this is only for himself, yet if he speaks about the people of innovation this is for the Muslims and thus is more virtuous.” He made clear that the benefit for this is for the general Muslims in their religion and is a type of jihād in the path of Allāh wherein the path of Allāh is purified along with His religion, His Methods and His Divine Legislation (from the heresies of the innovators) and it prevents their transgression and enmity. For this reason, it is obligatory according to the consensus of the Muslims and if this was not established for Allāh to prevent the harms of those innovators then the religion would become corrupted and this harm would be much worse than the enemy during warfare gaining power. This is because when these enemies take control they do not corrupt the hearts or the religion that is within the hearts. But as for those (innovators) then they corrupt the hearts from the outset.”

(Majmu al-Fataawa vol. 28 page 231-232.)

–>> Ibne Taymiyyah also said in another instance

“If an innovator is calling to his corrupted beliefs which oppose the Book and the Sunnah, and it is feared that he will misguide the people then his situation has to be explained to the people so that they are conscious of his misguidance and know about him. All of this is obligatory as a form of advice and seeking the Countenance of Allāh and not for personal desire with the people.”

(Majmu al-Fataawa vol 28 page 221)

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