WARNING THE CHILDREN FROM BIDAH (INNOVATION)
Shamsuddeen Muhammad bin Abee Bakr Ibn Qayyim aj-Jawzeeyah (d.751 A.H.) -Rahimullaah- said:
‘Allaah’s advice for fathers with their children precedes advice for children with their fathers.
So whoever was careless and negligent of educating his son, and leaves off benefiting him and leaving him useless, then he has been evil to him, extremely evil.
Indeed most children being corrupt is due to their fathers, and then being neglectful of them.
Them leaving their education of the Faraid (obligations) and the Sunnan (practices of the Sunnah) of the religion, so they caused them to be lost when they were young. Then the fathers did not benefit from them when they were older.
Just like some fathers held it to be shameful that their children were disobedient, so the child says, O my father you showed disobedience to me when I was young, so now I’m being disobedient to you now that I am older. You caused me to be lost when I was a boy, so I caused you to be lost in your old age.’
[From ‘Tuhfat al-Mowdood bi Ahkaam al-Mowlood’ p.387 also see page 229]
Khuwayl, the brother in-law of Shu’bah binul-Hajjaaj said: “I was with Yoonus bin’Ubayd, so a man came and said : “O Abu ‘Abdillah! You forbid us from gathering of ‘Amr bin’Ubayd, and your son has gone to him?” He (Yoonus) said: “My son?!” He said: “Yes.” So Yoonus became angry. So i didn’t leave until his son came, so he said: “O my son! You knew the opinion of ‘Amr bin’Ubayd, then you enter upon him?!” So he began to make excuses, so he said: ” (But) So and so was with me!” So Yoonus said: ” I prohibit fornication and stealing and drinking khamr (intoxicants), but for you to meet Allah Subahana wa ta’alaa with (all of) that is more beloved tom me than you meet with Him with the opinion of ‘Amr bin’Ubayd and the companions of ‘Amr-meaning the Qadariyyah. Sa’eed bin’Amr said: “We did not see any man who was better than him,” meaning Yoonus (bin’Ubayd).
Note: ‘Amr bin’Ubayd bin Baab al-Basree, al-Mutazilee, al-Qadaree from the heads of the Mutazilah and Qadariyyah and a caller to their innovated beliefs.
Ma’mar said: “ibn Taawoos was sitting, then a man from the Mu’tazilah cane and he began to speak.” He (Ma’mar) said: “So Ibn Tawoos put two fingers in his ears.” Hr (Ma’mar) said: ” And he said to his son: ‘O my son! Put your fingers in your ears! (Put them in) farther! Don’t listen to anything from his speech!” Ma’mar said: ” Meaning, verily the heart is weak.”
Sharh Usool al-I’tiqaad of al-Laalikaa’ee (1/247)
It was said to Maalik bin Mighwal: “I saw your son playing with birds!” So he said: “How excellent that they distracted him from the companionship of an innovator.”
Ash-Sharhu wal-Ibaanah if Ibn Battah (#90)
Artaah binul-Mundhir said: ” That my son be a faasiq from the faasiq is more beloved to me than he be a person of desires (i.e innovation).”
Ash-Sharh wal-Ibaanah (#87)
Hammaad bin Zayd said: “Yoonus (bin’Ubayd) said to me:’O Hammaad!Indeed if I were to see a youth upon every evil condition, then I do not despair of his goodness until I see him accompany a person of bi’dah, for with that I know that he has been ruined.”
Ash-Sharh wal-Ibaanah (#94)
Benefit: They way of Ahul-Sunnah is not to sit with listen to or debate with ahul bid’ah (the people of innovation) and to warn against them , as is clear in the books of the Salaf. And here we find the concern they had for the welfare of their children, and the youth, fearing for them and warning them from innovation and it’s people in order to preserve and protect their religion. You find that in every Khutbah he would give, whether the Khutbah of Jumu’ah or for a wedding or other than that, the Messenger of Allah Sallallahu alayhi wa Sallam would raise his voice and his face would turn red and he would say, “The most evil of affairs are the newly invented affairs,” but there was not one innovation! He repeated this over and over in every Khutbah to ingrain this belief into the hearts of His Companions. Therefore, it is obligatory upon us to believe that innovation (bid’ah) is the most evil of affairs and to instill this belief into our children as well. And there are many narrations that show the evil and the danger of innovation. For example, the Messenger of Allah Sallallahu alayhi wa Sallam said:
“There will be a people who these ahwaa’ (innovations) will flow through them just like rabies flows through the one who has been bitten. So there will not remain any joint except that it (innovation) enters into it.”(Kitaabus -Sunnah of Ibn Abee ‘Aasim (#1) And He said: “Beware of the newly invented affairs for indeed every innovation is misguidance.” (Kitaabus Sunnah(#31) Mu’aawiyyah narrated: “Indeed this Ummah will divide into 73 sects due to innovation, all of them in the fire except one, and it is the Jamaa’ah (the Companions).” (Kitaabus-Sunnah (#2) It is reported from Anas and Ibn ‘Umar that the Prophet Sallallahu alayhi wa Sallam said: “Whoever desires other than my Sunnah then he is not from me.” (Kitaabus-Sunnah (#61&62) He Sallallahu alayhi wa Sallam said: ” Indeed I have left you upon clear guidance, it’s night is like day in clarity. No one deviates from it after me except that he is destroyed.” (Kitaabus-Sunnah (#48) And the narrations from the Prophet Sallallahu alayhi wa Sallam, his Companions and those who followed after them in this issue are many.