Sh.Fawzaan: “We must define what is an Innovation…”

Question: Is it permissible to give the greetings of peace to the fanatical followers of an innovator and is it permissible to boycott them as well?

Sheikh Saalih ibn Fawzaan ibn ‘Abdillah al-Fawzaan, may Allaah preserve him, answers: “The first thing we must do is define what is a bid’ah (innovation) because the people, many of those who ascribe themselves to seeking knowledge nowadays, anytime someone doesn’t agree with them in something he says “you’re an innovator” because they do not know what is an innovation, we must define what is an innovation (firstly). This is because many of those who ascribe themselves to being students of knowledge classify things as innovations and in reality they are not innovations, that’s why anytime someone opposes them he says “you’re an innovator” and this is not correct nor is it permissible.

An innovation is inventing something into the religion that is not from it, inventing something into the religion that is not from it. As the Prophet, may peace and blessing be upon him, said: “Whoever invents something into this matter of ours, i.e. islaam, that which is not from it shall have it rejected.” And in another narration, “whoever does a deed which does not conform to our command, i.e. islaam, shall have it rejetced.”

So an innovation is the invention of an act of worship into the religion that is not supported by any proof from the Book of Allah or the Sunnah of the Prophet, may peace and blessings be upon him. This is an innovation. So whoever is like this then he is considered an innovator.

However it is mandatory to advise the innovator, call him to Allaah and make him fearful of Allaah and if he is mistaken or has any ambiguities, then the truth must be clarified to him, if certain matters aren’t clear to him then the turth must be clarified to him and the proofs must be established upon him. After all that, if he continues upon his ways then he will be an innovator and boycotting him becomes a must as well as warning against him and staying clear of him. And whoever agrees with his innovation(s) and follows behind him and does’nt accept the advice or remains with him (after it has been clarified to him what he is upon) then he should be boycotted like him. Whoever agrees with this individual and is pleased with his innovaton then he becomes an innovator like him and he is to be boycotted as well… yes.”

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About Abu Fouzaan Qaasim
American student studying in the Islaamic University of Medinah from Chester,PA.

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