Co-operating with ahl biddah: What the Scholars Say.
Question to Ash-Shaikhul-Imaam Ibn Baaz, rahimahullaah:
Question: “Based upon the Saying of Allaah, the Most High:
Help you one another in al-Birr and at-Taqwaa, but do not help one another in sin and transgression.
Soorah al-Maaidah (5):2
It is said that it is obligatory to co-operate with all of the Islamic Jamaa’ahs, even though they differ with us with regard to methodologies and their way in giving dawah. So Jamaaatut-Tableegh has a way of giving dawah different to the way of the Ikhwaanul-Muslimeen and Hizbut-Tahreer and Jamaaatul-Jihaad and the Salafees. So how is this co-operation to be? And is it restricted for example to joint participation in conferences and gatherings? And what is to be the case when dawah is being given to non-Muslims, since confusion may be caused in the minds of new Muslims by the fact that each Jamaaah from these Jamaaahs will direct them to their own centres and their own scholars, which will confuse them. So how will it be possible to avert this matter?”
Answer: “What is obligatory is to co-operate with the Jamaa’ah that proceeds upon the manhaj (methodology) of the Book and the Sunnah and that which the Salaf of the Ummah were upon in calling to the Tawheed of Allaah, the One free of all imperfections, and making worship purely and sincerely for Him, and warning against shirk and innovations and sins, and to advise the Jamaaahs that are contrary to that.
So if they return to what is correct, then they are to be co-operated with. But if they persist upon being contrary then it is obligatory to keep away from them and to adhere to the Book and the Sunnah..”
(Fatwaa no. 18870 dated 11/6/1417H)
Ash-Shaikhul-Allaamah Saaleh al-Fawzaan, hafidhahullaah:
Question: Is there harm in warning against these Sects that are in opposition to the Methodology of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah?
Answer: “We warn against all those who oppose [the Salaf] generally and we say: ‘We adhere to the path of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah and we abandon those who oppose Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah regardless of whether their opposition is major or minor. This is because if we are lenient with the opposition, then perhaps it may grow and increase. So opposition is not allowed at all.
Furthermore, it is obligatory to adhere to the path of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah in both major and minor issues.”
Question: Are we required to mention the good qualities of those we warn against?
Answer: “If you mention their good qualities, then this means that you have called (the people) to follow them. Know, but do not mention their good qualities. Mention the error they are upon only. You are not entrusted to praise and approve of their actions – you are ONLY entrusted with exposing the error they are upon so that they may repent from it, and so others can beware of it.
It may even be that the error that they are upon wipes away their good deeds if it is kufr or shirk. It could also be that this error outweighs their good deeds. And perhaps it may seem like they are good deeds in your eyes, yet they are not so in the sight of Allaah.”
(“Al-Ajwibatul-Mufeedah ‘an As’ilatil-Manaahijil-Jadeedah”, Shaykh Saaleh al-Fawzaan)