Shaykh Al-Fawzaan said, “It is not sufficient that we (Ahlus Sunnah) just refrain from innovation (bidah), but rather we boycott the innovators* (also).
We do not sit with them nor do we befriend them until they leave off their innovation.
If we were to befriend them and sit with them then we would have indeed encouraged them in innovation.
So we are to boycott them, meaning we leave sitting with them and befriending them until they repent to Allaah.
This is an obligation of Ahlus Sunnah! They boycott the people of innovation and if it were to have occurred then indeed innovation would not have spread.
However, once a more relaxed approach began [by some who ascribe to Ahlus Sunnah] with the innovators, they (Ahlu Bidah) began to devastate the land with corruption and spread innovation and there was no one to fend them off. They became our (Ahlus Sunnahs) friends and part of our gatherings and sittings, and subsequently innovations begin to spread in this manner.
However, if Ahlul Bidah were boycotted (as they were supposed to be) then their evil would indeed be minute.
So the statement of the Shaykh (Mohammed Ibn Abdul Wahhab), “I view boycotting the people of innovation and disassociation from them”
(Means) Boycotting: to leave or abandon, meaning we leave them (ahlu bidah) and abstain from sitting with them and befriending them until they repent.
If they repent then Allah will accept their repentance and they then become part of our (Ahlus Sunnahs’) gatherings and our beloved companions.”
Ref: The Creed of The Imaam and Reviver, Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhaab explained by Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan via salafitalk.net
* Shaykh Al-Fawzaan said, “…Ostracising (boycotting) him (an innovator or sinner) is something which will lead to harm, whereby it is feared that he will increase sinning and that it will result in greater evil then in such a situation it is not allowed to boycott him, boycotting a sinner is only allowed if there is benefit to it and if it doesn’t lead to greater harm…”
Ref: Al-Muntaqaa min Fataawaa Fadeelatis, Shaykh Saalih ibn Fawzaan ibn ’Abdillaah al-Fawzaan, vol. 1, via GiftsofKnowledge.net
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