From the Manhaj of the Muhaddith, Shaykh, Allamaa’
Muhammad Nasiruddeen al-Albaani
Concerning Boycotting the
People of Bida’
Abbas Abu Yahya
Making (Hajr) Boycotting the Ahl-ul-Bida’
The Questioner: Regarding what is connected to boycotting the Mubtadi’ (person of Bida’) O Shaykh.
The Shaykh: Go ahead.
Questioner: What appears from what I heard is that you have a regard for the benefit of the Mubtadi’ himself.
The Shaykh: Yes.
Questioner: And you do not reject the principle of boycotting?
The Shaykh: I do not deny the principle of Hajr, this is obligatory, this Hajr is. .
Questioner: O Shaykh as you notice we see the opinion of the impermissibility of the Hajr of the Mubtadi’ – we take into consideration the benefit for this Mubtadi’. Do we not see the general benefit for those who might become misguided due his effecting them, then there’s another thing…
The Shaykh: Leave the other issue until we’ve looked into the first issue. This issue in reality my brother, from a practical view needs precise knowledge and precise practical action, so just now you gave an example of a scholar who mixes with a Mubtadi’ and the general people think that there is good in this Mubtadi’, do you view this scholar as one who flatters people?
The Shaykh: Okay, so if you view the opposite of this, as I hoped then it is possible for me to say, that you hold the opinion, that this scholar criticizes them for this Bida’ [they practice], he advises them, and he admonishes them. So if this is the case, then from where will the danger come to the general people when they hear him, when he advises them and reminds them etc.
The Shaykh: So this danger which you notice and indicate towards is regarding the one who flatters people and not regarding the one who criticizes the Bida’, this is also better, so there is a difference between one scholar and another scholar.
Questioner: May Allaah reward you with good.
The Shaykh: I mean, in other words, the one who goes along with them and remains quiet about their Bida’ and their misguidance and is over-looking, then we criticize this and it is necessary to make it clear.