Question ID: 34858

As salaam wa alaikum Mufti Saheb

Kindly have a look at the below mentioned sayings regarding the ahlul bidah and advise if these are authentic or not.

Yunus bin Ubaid said to his son, as reported in al-Ibaanah of Ibn Battah (2/466):

أنهى عن الزنا والسرقة وشرب الخمر ولئن تلقى الله تعالى بهذا أحب من أن تلقاه برأي عمرو بن عبيد وأصحاب عمرو I forbid [you] from fornication (zinaa), stealing and drinking wine. However that you meet Allaah with any of these sins is better to me than that you meet him with the view of Amr bin Ubaid and the associates of Amr (i.e. the Mu’tazilah).

Abu Moosaa said as reported in al-Ibaanah of Ibn Battah (2/468):

لأن أجاور يهوديا ونصرانيا وقردة وخنازير أحب إلي من أن يجاورني صاحب هوى يمرض قلبي That I live next to a Jew or a Christian, or apes and pigs is more beloved to me than that a person of desires who makes my heart diseased (with his deviation) should live next to me.

Abu al-Jawzaa said, as occurs in al-Ibaanah of Ibn Battah (2/467):

لئن تجاورني القردة والخنازيرة في دار ، أحب إلي من أن يجاورني رجل من أهل الأهواء That apes and pigs are are next to me in a house, is more beloved to me that a man from the people of desires (deviations, innovations) should be next to me (as a neighbour).

Imaam Ahmad said, as occurs in Tabaqaat al-Hanaabilah (1/184):

قبور أهل السنة من أهل الكبائر روضة ، وقبور أهل البدعة من الزهاد حفرة ، فساق أهل السنة أولياء الله ، وزهاد أهل البدعة أعداء الله The graves of Ahl us-Sunnah from the people of major sins are a garden. And the graves of Ahl ul-Bid’ah from the pious abstemious ones are a pit. The sinful of Ahl us-Sunnah are the awliyaa (friends) of Allaah, and the pious, abstemious of Ahl ul-Bid’ah are the enemies of Allaah.

Imaam al-Barbahaaree said in his work “Sharh us-Sunnah” (no. 149):

إذا رأيت الرجل من أهل السنة رديء الطريق والمذهب ، فاسقا فاجرا ، صاحب معاص ، ضالا ، وهو على السنة ، فاصحبه ، واجلس معه ، فإنه ليس يضرك معصيته . وإذا رأيت الرجل مجتهدا في العبادة ، متقشفا ، محترقا بالعبادة ، صاحب هوى ، فلا تجالسه ، ولا تقعد معه ، ولا تسمع كلامه ، ولا تمشي معه في طريق ، فإني لا آمن أن تستحلي طريقته فتهلك معه When you see man from Ahl us-Sunnah whose manner is despicable, he is wicked, sinful and oppressive, accompany him and sit with him, since his sin will not harm you. If you see a man who strives long and hard in worship, is abstemious, being continual in worship, except that he is a person of innovation, do not listen to his words and do not walk along with him, since I do not feel safe that you will not eventually come to be pleased with his way and go do destruction along with him.

And al-Barbahaaree also said, right after the above passage:

رأى يونس بن عبيد ابنه وقد خرج من عند صاحب هوى فقال يا بني من أين خرجت قال من عند عمرو بن عبيد قال يا بني لأن أراك خرجت من بيت خنثى أحب إلي من أن أراك خرجت من بيت فلان وفلان ولأن تلقى الله زانيا سارقا خائنا أحب إلي من أن تلقاه بقول أهل الأهواء . ألا ترى أن يونس بن عبيد قد علم أن الخنثى لا يضل ابنه عن دينه وأن صاحب البدعة يضله حتى يكفر Yunus bin ‘Ubaid saw his son exiting the house of a person of desires (i.e. misguidance) so he said: “O my son! From where have you just exited?” He replied: “From the company of ‘Amr ibn ‘Ubaid.” So he said: “O my son. That I had seen you exiting the house of shameless and lewd person would have been more beloved to me than that I see you exiting the house of so-and-so! That you should meet Allaah, O my son, as a fornicator, a sinner, a thief or as a treacherous soul is more beloved to me than that you should meet him with a saying of the people of desires (i.e. misguidance).” Do you not see that Yunus ibn ‘Ubaid knew that this shameless and lewd person would not misguide his son away from the Religion, whereas the person of innovation (i.e. bid’ah) would misguide him until he causes him to disbelieve.”

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