Is every Munharif (deviant) a Mubtadi’ (innovator), if it’s said about a person he’s a Munharif does it mean he’s a Mubtadi’?
Inhiraaf is straying from Jaadah (correctness/uprightness), and from the truth. In that which could lead to him being an innovator, and in that which could lead to him being a Kaafir, and in that which could lead to him being a Faasiq (sinful person).
It is straying, so it is said for example to a person indulging in usury that he is a Munharif, and to the fornicator Munharif, and to the drunkard Munharif, and to the Hizbi Munharif, and to the Sufi Munharif, Mubtadi’, all of it is Inhiraaf from Jaadah, straying from Jaadah, and likewise it is said for example to a Kaafir Munharif, and his Inhiraaf is more severe, the meaning of Inhiraaf is straying from Jaadah, it is applicable upon a Mubtadi’ or upon what is more greater than that and for a disobedient sinner, who is not a Mubtadi’ but rather a disobedient one.
Answered by: Shaykh, the Allamah, the Trustworthy Advisor, Abu Abdirrahman Yahya bin Ali Al-Hajuri – may Allah preserve him
Translated by: Abū ‘Abdillāh ‘Omar bin Yahya Al-‘Akawi