Answered by our Shaykh, the ‘Allaamah, the Sincere Advisor, Abu ‘Abdirrahman Yahya bin ‘Ali Al-Hajoori – may Allaah preserve him :
What is your stance in regards to the one who says : “Allah ﷻ will not ask you why did you not declare so and so to be an innovator and why did you not declare so and so to be a kaafir”?
Rather I swear by Allah ﷻ, he will ask me, the lord of everything in existence will ask me, Allah said:
إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يَكْتُمُونَ مَا أَنْزَلْنَا مِنَ الْبَيِّنَاتِ وَالْهُدَىٰ مِنْ بَعْدِ مَا بَيَّنَّاهُ لِلنَّاسِ فِي الْكِتَابِ ۙ أُولَٰئِكَ يَلْعَنُهُمُ اللَّهُ وَيَلْعَنُهُمُ اللَّاعِنُونَ
[Surat Al-Baqarah 159]
Verily, those who conceal the clear proofs, evidences and the guidance, which We have sent down, after We have made it clear for the people in the Book, they are the ones cursed by Allah and cursed by the cursers.
How can I not be afraid, and you think Allah ﷻ will not ask you?
And also (the hadeeth of the prophet ﷺ)
“من رأى منكم منكرا فليغيره بيده”
“Whoever amongst sees an evil then let him change it with his hand.”
Is bid’ah (innovations) from evil or not? And the people of bid’ah spread these innovations amongst the people, and likewise it is a must to stay away from them and to warn against them:
“فإلن لم يستطع فبلسانه، فإن لم يستطع فبقلبه وذلك أضعف الإيمان”
And if he is not able to (change the evil with his hand) then with his tongue, and if he is unable then with his heart, and that is the weakest of emaan.
How will he ﷻ not ask and the evidences are many:
“وَاسْأَلْهُمْ عَنِ الْقَرْيَةِ الَّتِي كَانَتْ حَاضِرَةَ الْبَحْرِ إِذْ يَعْدُونَ فِي السَّبْتِ…”
[Surat Al-A’raf 163]
And ask them (O Muhammad SAW) about the town that was by the sea, when they transgressed in the matter of the Sabbath (i.e. Saturday)..
Allah ﷻ turned them into monkeys and pigs, those that did not forbid the evil rather they accepted it. How many evidences are there in regards to this?!? This phrase: ” Allah will not ask you why you didn’t speak against so and so”…?!?
And speaking against the misguided ones is from the greatest of advises for the religion.
Ponder and reflect, if the scholars had not spoken about jahd bin safwaan, how would the aqeedah of the Muslims be. What would have happened If Al-imam Ahmad didn’t stand firm with that which Allah ﷻ made obligatory upon him in his religion.
Look at what would have happened if Abu bakr As-sideeq never fulfilled that which Allah ﷻ made obligatory upon him in the issue of riddah (apostasy).
How would the condition of the people be after the passing of the prophet ﷺ?
This speech is weak. Oh my brother this speech it is as if he hasn’t smelt the scent of sunnah and knowledge. We ask Allah for tawfeeq (success). I seek an apology from my brothers that I did not intend to to prolong tonight however the brothers are in need of their questions being answered. May Allah ﷻ give us success and you to whatever he loves and pleases him, Alhamdulilah.
Translated by : Abu Huthayfah Saamy Al-hindy