[By Hadhrat Shaykh Abdul Qaadir Jilaani (Rahmatullah alayh) (Extract from Ghunyatut Taalibeen of which Hadhrat Jilaani is the author)]
Every Person of Imaan who has intelligence and insight should obey the Sunnat of Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and flee from Bid’aat (innovations). Abstain from mubaalaghah and ghulu’ (excess, extremism, bigotry and the like for it culminates in Bid’ah – The Majlis) in the Deen, for suddenly you will slip from Siraatul Mustaqeem and be destroyed.
Hadhrat Ibn Mas’ood (Radhiyallahu anhu) said: “Follow the Sunnat of the Rasool (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam). This is sufficient for you, and do not approach near to Bid’ah.” It is incumbent for every Person of Imaan to follow the Sunnat of Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and the Jamaa’t (i.e. Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaa’t). The meaning of Sunnat, is the Way of Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam), and the meaning of Jamaa’t is the unanimous issues of the Offices of the Khulafa-e-Raashideen (which in our era are confined to the Four Math-habs – The Majlis).
Refrain from debate and discussion with the Bid’atis. Salaam to them is not permissible. Imaam Ahmad Ibn Hambal (Rahmatullah alayh) said: “Whoever makes Salaam to a Bid’ati, it is tantamount to loving him because it is mentioned in the Hadith: ‘Spread Salaam and love.” (Thus, making Salaam to Bid’atis is tantamount to expressing love for them – The Majlis).
It is not permissible for the People of Imaan to have any association with the Ahl-e-Bid’ah, hence the following acts are not permissible:
• To mingle and fraternize with them
• To congratulate them on Eid and on occasions of happiness
• To perform their Janaazah Salaat
• To laud and speak commendably of them.
For the Sake of Allah, have aversion and enmity for them. Believe that their way is baatil (false). For this entire attitude, the intention should be the acquisition of great and abundant Thawaab (reward) from Allah Ta’ala.
It is mentioned in the Hadith that Allah Ta’ala will fill the heart with safety and tranquillity – the heart of the one who regards a Bid’ati as his enemy for the Sake of Allah Ta’ala. And, on the Day of Qiyaamah Allah will grant safety and peace to the one who harshly rebukes a Bid’ati.
Allah Ta’ala will elevate by a hundred ranks in Jannat a person who looks with contempt at a Bid’ati. The one who meets a Bid’ati happily and pleases him, is as if he has held in contempt the Qur’aan which Allah Ta’ala has revealed to (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam). Hadhrat Abdullah Ibn Abbaas (Radhiyallahu anhu) narrated that Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said that as long as a Bid’ati does not repent from his Bid’ah, Allah Ta’ala does not accept any of his good deeds.
Hadhrat Fudhail Bin Iyaadh (Rahmatullah alayh) said: “Allah Ta’ala destroys the deeds of a man who has affection for a Bid’ati. The Noor of Imaan is extinguished from his heart, (i.e. from the heart of the one who has affection for a Bid’ati). I have hope that Allah Ta’ala will forgive a man who cherishes aversion and animosity in his heart for a Bid’ati, even if he has a paucity of good deeds.”
Hadhrat Ibn Uyainah (Rahmatullah Alayh) said: “A person who accompanies the janaazah of a Bid’ati, is the target of Allah’s Wrath and Punishment until he returns.”
Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) invoked La’nat (Allah’s curse) on a Bid’ati, and he said: “Whoever innovates a bid’ah or gives refuge to a Bid’ati, the La’nat of Allah, the Malaaikah and of all people descends on him, and Allah rejects his Fardh and Nawaafil acts ibaadat)”