From the Stratagems of the Innovators: Concealing Themselves Behind the Scholars of Distinction


الحمد لله رب العالمين، وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وأصحابه أجمعين، أما بعد


Under the discussion of how the people of innovation and misguidance conceal themselves and their innovated concepts behind the scholars of repute in order to give their innovated ideas more validation, and in order for such ideas to be fair-seeming to the masses, Ibn al-Qayyim (rahimahullaah) said:


“The third reason, is that the one who interprets, he ascribes his interpretation and his innovation to someone of revered rank, one of eminent repute – from the intelligent ones, or from the progeny of the Prophetic household, or such a person for whom there occurs a fine praise and an honourable mention in the Ummah, so by way of that he can adorn it in the hearts of the gullible and the ignorant ones. For indeed; it is from the temperament of mankind to venerate the speech of the one whose rank is venerated within their souls, and that they take him in with acceptance as well as inclination to him.

Therefore; every time such an individual that speaks is greater in their souls; then their acceptance of his speech too shall be more complete – such that they give him precedence over the speech of Allaah and His Messenger. So they say: ‘He is more knowledgeable concerning Allaah and His Messenger than us, and so with this path; the Raafidhah and the Baatiniyyah and the Isma’iliyyah and the Nusayriyyah arrived at propagandizing their falsehood and their interpretation – such that they attributed them to the household (family) of the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) when they came to know that the Muslims are in agreement over their love for them and their veneration of them and their allegiance to them and their high regard of them.

Hence they affiliated (themselves) to them and made apparent from their love and their allegiance and their constant mention of them with praise and the mention of their virtues – that which would seem to the listener as though they are their allies as well as being the worthiest of people to them. Then they present their falsehood and their lie in relation to it to them.[1]

So laa ilaaha illallaah, how many a heresy and unbelief and innovation and misguidance have been brought about into existence with its relation being attributed to them, whilst they are free from it like unto the Prophets being free from Tajahum (Jahmee ideology) and Ta’teel (denial) and of the Messiah being free from the worship of the cross and the doctrine of the Trinity, and of the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) being free from innovations and misguidance.”


Shaikh Rabee’ bin Haadi al-Madkhali (hafidhahullaah) stated in relation to this topic:


“This trait is from the traits of the people of innovation and tribulation, it is a must that they conceal themselves behind a personality from the eminent personalities. So the Qadariyyah conceal themselves by way of al-Hasan and so they wrote and publicized and authored treatises attributing the saying of Qadr to al-Hasan out of untruthfulness and falsehood – and yet he was not from them. They may until now claim that al-Hasan al-Basri was from them – may Allaah disfigure them and may Allaah render him free of them.

Likewise the Khawaarij used to conceal themselves behind another great personality; Abu-Sha’thaa Jaabir bin Zaid, one of the greater students of Ibn ‘Abbaas from the greater Jurists; the Khawaarij conceal themselves with him.

This is from the frolics of the people of innovation, because their innovation cannot be propagandized if they do not conceal themselves behind the Imaams of Islaam. You will see that the Ash’arees attach themselves with the Imaams, meaning that an individual from the Ash’arees – his madhab may (in the branches) be Maaliki, however, he will attribute his Ash’ariyyah to Maalik, and his Sufism he will attribute to Maalik, and likewise the Maaturidiyyah, they affiliate themselves with Abee Haneefah whilst they are Maaturidiyyah, and their madhab has been derived from the madhab of al-Jahm bin Safwaan .

All of the people of the paths of misguidance conceal themselves by way of the Imaams of Islaam; the Zaidiyyah conceal themselves with Zaid, and the Rawaafidh conceal themselves with Ja’far as-Saadiq and with the Ahlul Bayt, because their inadmissible religious beliefs cannot otherwise be propagandized except through cunning stratagems and concealment behind an Imaam.

This likewise is what is carried out by many from among the people, for al-Qutubiyyah – it was not propagandized except by way of this concealment behind Ibn Taymiyyah and Ibn al-Qayyim and Ibn Baaz and al-Albaanee and Ibn ‘Uthaimeen and other than them from the well-regarded acceptable personalities with the people throughout the world.

So they will say: ‘We are students of Ibn Baaz, we are upon the methodology of the Salaf, and from the students of al-Albaanee, we are students of Ibn ‘Uthaimeen.’ So they cause the people to be under the delusion that these Imaams are with them, and hence their frolics prove deceptive over many of the youth who love knowledge and love the scholars and love Islaam and love the truth.

Yet the frolics of such individuals have sought to deceive many from mankind – and so they fall into their snares.”



(Taken from: As-Sawaa-iq al-Mursalah vol 2 p.441-443 and: Adh-Dharee’ah ila Bayaan Maqaasid Kitaab ash-Sharee’ah vol 2 p.101-102)



[1] This then is from the ploys that are carried out to give the illusion that the renowned scholar in question endorses that which the schemer is attempting to present from innovated ideas, an example of the technique that is often employed by such people in an attempt to give their innovated notions more validation and appeal through ascribing it to a reputed scholar is illustrated by Shaikh Ahmad bin Ibraheem al-Hanbali an-Najdi (rahimahullaah) who said during his refutation of such a person who attempted to attribute innovated ideas to Ibn Taymiyyah and Ibn al-Qayyim; he stated:

“Know that this man is profuse in quoting from Ibn Taymiyyah and his student Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah, and he makes apparent a veneration of them both and yet between him and them is a huge contrast and a great dissimilarity. For they (rahmatullaahi ‘alaihimaa) have indeed both filled their works and filled their writings with the mention of Tawheed and its evidences as well as a clarification of its proofs, and the answer to the doubts of the polytheists – those of his own likeness; and a clear explanation of their misguidance and a dispersal of their union and a severing of their nexus.

How many a refutation do they have against his sort from books and answers! Yet this disillusioned one – if he quotes anything from their speech; then he omits some of it, or freely perverts and enforces it with false interpretation and wrong treatment, in order that it be in agreement with his madhab and his undue assumption, and that it should conform to his lie and his misguidance.” (Refer to: Ar-Radd ‘alaa Shubuhaat al-Musta’eeneen Bighayrillaah p.19)



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