It has been narrated that you said the prayers and salutations upon the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) during the second [part of the] khutbah is an innovation; so is this correct?
Is it permissible to recite soorah al-Faatihah whilst supplicating, or at the end of the supplication? And is that [considered to be] an innovation?
Indeed, in terms of my religion I am upon sound proof, and as for you, then you are upon doubt; go to one who is upon doubt as you are – and debate with him.
That I should sit with pigs is more beloved to me than to sit with anyone from the people of innovation.
al-Mahdee – the ‘Abbaasid ruler – ordered the[m] people to refrain from talking, and not to engage in speaking [in matters of the religion without sound knowledge].