Whoever hears of an innovation, then he must not relate it to his companions; he must not relay it [out of fear it may settle] in their hearts.
Is it correct that the one who does not pray the congregational prayer because the imaam is an innovator – is himself an innovator, bearing in mind the imaam’s bid’ah is not one of disbelief?
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The innovator is not called an innovator (mubtadi’) until he persists in an affair which has been prohibited, and this affair consists of opposing the Sunnah.
Reference: al-Majmoo’ fee Tarjamatil-Muhaddith Hammaad ibn Muhammad al-Ansaaree wa Seeratuhu wa Aqwaalauhu – Volume 2, Quote No.39, Page 482 Shaykh ‘Abdul-Awwal narrates that he heard his father – Shaykh Hammaad ibn Muhammad al-Ansaaree (rahima-hullaah), say: Whoever falls into an innovation, it is said to him: “This action of yours is an innovation”. And if he […]
The signs of the people of innovation are clear and obvious. The most apparent of their signs is their severe enmity for those who carry the reports of the Prophet.