Shaykh Ubayd Al-Jabiree said, “Firstly, no scholar of the Sunnah, past or present, would praise the people of innovation with general praise, ever. This is not from the way of those who follow the path of the Salaf. And if it is affirmed that the scholar who has his status and dawah praises them with general praise, then we say that this is wrong and we don’t accept it from him.
However, we do not make tabdee (declare another Muslim to be an innovator) on him as long as he continues to be steadfast upon the foundations of the blessed Dawatus Salafiyyah, upon the blessed methodology of the Salaf. We do not make tabdee of him as long as he does not persist with this and insists upon it and believes it to be from the manhaj, for this will remove him from the Sunnah by his adhering to this bidah (innovation).
Secondly, sometimes there may be praise from a Sunni [a Salafi scholar] to an innovator with specific praise [i.e. the Salafi scholar praises the innovator for a very specific issue].
For example [a Salafi scholar praises an Asharee with specific praise], because an Asharee(1) refuted a Raadifhee(2) and clarified the offense of the Raafidhah.
So we say that this person was correct, thank Allaah for his good in this specific praise, not a general praise(3) [i.e. an overal praise for that a person, indicating that he is upon the way of the Salaf as-Saalih (the righteous predecessors), in all his appearant public affairs and creed/manhaj].”
- Asharee – An individual who follows the creed of the misguided Asharee sect, which has many deviations, their biggest error is denying the majority of Allah’s perfect names and attributes, which is a clear cut bidah (innovation) in the pure Islamic creed. An innovation in the deen is greater in magnitude than a major sin like fornication or gambling. (AhluSunnahWalJamaah.Coms’ words)
- Raadifhee – Is an individual who follows the astray Raafidah creed. They are extreme Shia and have numerous deviations with them. Among their greatest errors is holding it to permissible to make duaa to some dead members of the Prophet Mohammeds family and to make duaa to certain individuals they hold (with no evidence) are awliyah (friends of Allah), that is major shirk. (AhluSunnahWalJamaah.Coms’ words)
- Shaykh Muhammed Ibn Hadee has spoken about the person who gives an innovator a general praise and the ruling upon that person. Shaykh Mohammed Ibn Hadee said, “Whoever praises the people of innovation [with a general praise], without doubt, he is from the innovators; rather, he is without doubt from their callers. The people asked our Shaykh – may Allah’s Mercy be upon him – Shaykh Abdul Azeez Ibn Baz, during the lesson of the explanation of the book ‘Fadl al-Islam’, “Is the person who praises the people of innovation considered from them?” He [Shaykh Bin Baz] said, “Yes, there is no doubt that he is from them; rather, he is from their callers.” This is available in his voice and in his writing, all praise is for Allah and there is no doubt concerning this.” Ref: masjidfurqan.co.uk
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