People of innovations

1— Sa’īd bin Jubair said, as occurs in al-Ibānah of Ibn Battah (no.89):

“That my son accompanies a sinful cunning scoundrel who is a Sunnī is more beloved to me than that he accompanies a devoteful and worshipful innovator.”

2— Imām ash-Shāfi’ī (d. 204H) said, as reported by al-Bayhaqī in al-I’tiqād (p.158). Tarikh Dimashq (p.309) and al-Bidāyah wan-Nihāyah of Ibn Kathīr (10/254):

“That a servant meets Allāh with every sin except shirk is better than meeting Him upon any one of the innovated beliefs.”

3— Yunus bin Ubaid said to his sone, as reported in al-Ibānah of Ibn Battah (2/466):

“I forbid [you] from fornication (zinā’), stealing and drinking wine. However that you meet Allāh 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).”

4— Abu Mūsa said as reported in al-Ibānah of Ibn Battah (2/468):

“That I live next to a Jew or Christian, or apes or 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.”

5— Abu al-Jawzā said, as occurs in al-Ibānah of Ibn Battah (2/467):

“That apes and pigs 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)

6— Imām Ahmed said, as occurs in Tabaqāt al-Hanābilah (1/184):

“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 awliyā (friends) of Allāh, and the pious, abstemious of Ahl ul-Bid’ah are the enemies of Allāh.”

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