Monday, January 9, 2017
The dangers of bid’ah
An example of the fiqh of the Sahabah with regards to the dangers of bid’ah is illustrated by the narration of Hudhayfah Ibn Al- Yamaan (رضي الله عنه) and what he said to his companions and students when he took two rocks and placed one on top of the other and asked them,
“Do you see any light between these two rocks?
They replied, “No, Oh Aba ‘Abdullah, we do not see any light between them except for a very small amount.”
He told them, “I swear by Him whose Hand my soul is in, bid’ah will appear until you do not see from the truth except that which is equivalent to the amount of light you see between these two rocks. I swear by Allaah, that bid’ah will spread so much so that if a person leaves it, it will be said about him that he left the Sunnah.”
[Narrated by Ibn Waddaah in al-Bid’ah (pg. 21)]