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HOW TO DEAL WITH PEOPLE OF INNOVATION




By
Ibn Abdillah As-sudaisiy Al-IIoori

One of the numerous benefits we got from our Kitabut Taoheed class yesterday was that sometimes, you don't need to quote the texts (Qur'an and Sunnah) to disprove the lies and misconceptions of the people of deviant beliefs. The reason is that they don't consider texts to be very important. They only use it when it suits their desires or twist their meanings to align with their preconceived inconsistencies. From their frivolous arguments, you can defeat them. The Shuyyukh of the past and present have used this method very well, and it works well.

For instance, the people of innovation and desire would always claim to have dreamt and got solutions to their problems through it, even when the order from the dream contradicts clear cut texts. They claim to see Allah and His Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم in their dreams ordering them to do the haram, subhanaLlah! What you should ask them is; why didn't Allāh and His Rosul صلى الله عليه وسلم appear in the dreams of the Companions رضي الله عنهم and order them to go against the Qur'an and Sunnah? After all, the Companions رضي الله عنهم faced many trials after the death of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم. Why were they not using dreams to settle their differences? Are the so called Sufi saints and their likes more beloved to Allah and His Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم than the Companions رضي الله عنهم ? This is a pure matter of common sense. 

The shari'ah addresses the intelligent people. You will not see anyone engaging in bid'ah and many kinds of deviations that shari'ah had clarified sufficiently except he is from the most ignorant and dull people. The people of deviations are fond of toying with the brain of the unsuspecting Muslims who do not make effort to seek the knowledge of Islām from the appropriate quarters. Allāh says:

(وَمَا كَانَ لِنَفْسٍ أَنْ تُؤْمِنَ إِلَّا بِإِذْنِ اللَّهِ ۚ وَيَجْعَلُ الرِّجْسَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ لَا يَعْقِلُونَ)

And it is not for a soul to believe except by permission of Allah, and He will place defilement upon those who will not use reason.  [Surat Yunus 100]

What is unknown to the Salaf as Saaliheen (Pious Predecessors) and the Taabi'een would never be part of Islām. If you see something in your dream ordering you to do what contradicts the Sunnah, be careful. You have seen nothing but the Shayāteen. But if you see anything in your dream that has basis in the Qur'an and Sunnah. Good, you can do it. But don't wait until you dream before doing what is expected of you in line with the Qur'an and Sunnah.

May Allāh guide us aright.

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