Beware of the People of Bid’ah

11 August 2023 by Mawlana Sheikh Muhammad Adil Ar-Rabbani


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BismiLlahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim:

وَلَقَدْ أَضَلَّ مِنكُمْ جِبِلًّا كَثِيرًا ۖ أَفَلَمْ تَكُونُوا تَعْقِلُونَ

(Qur’ān 36:62). ‘Wa Laqad ‘Ađalla Minkum Jibillāan Kathīrāan ۖ ‘Afalam Takūnū Ta`qilūn’, ‘And he (satan) had already led astray from among you much of creation, so did you not understand?’ Sadaqa Llāhu l-‘Aẓīm.

“Shaytan has cheated a lot of people. Where is your mind? How are you even thinking?” says Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla in Qur’an ‘Azimu sh-Shan. When there is no mind, everyone does something as they like. And then they don’t accept others saying, “That is the right thing.” They accept only what they do as right.

Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla gave mind to people. While so many people, scholars, ‘Ulama, the most intelligent people have been going on the right way since the time of our Holy Prophet salla Llāhu ‘alayhi wa-sallam until the present time, a Firqa (group) appears in the end, of course after the Ottomans, and tells people “You are not on the right way. All of you are Mushrik, you are this and that.” They confuse people and make Waswasa. This is the direct work of shaytan, work of people who are captivated by shaytan. We must be careful. If you think you are doing right, you are actually destroying yourself. You are going astray from the way and falling into heresy.

There are many things. Men have a long beard, wear robes and have uncovered heads. Blessed Mawlana Shaykh Nazim used to call them squash heads. Whereas covering your head is Sunnah. Wearing a turban is even more virtuous. But an uncovered head is not good. That doesn’t comply with either Sunnah, or Mustahabb, or Wajib. It doesn’t comply with anything. Also, they open their legs wide while standing [in prayer] as if they are relieving nature, ḥāshā mina l-ḥuḍūr. They open their legs wide. Whereas opening them so widely is neither from Sunnah nor anything. We don’t know where they took it from.

Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla is showing that they are not on the right way through such things, even to themselves. Shukr to Allah ﷻ, Ahlu s-Sunnah wa l-Jama’ah and people of Tariqah are going step by step following all the steps of our Holy Prophet ﷺ insha’Allah. We are doing as much as we can. And may Allah ﷻ forgive us for things we cannot do. We cannot do everything. But we don’t accept things that are Bid’ah.

Many people do this without realizing it. Shukr to Allah ﷻ, we don’t have it much in Turkey. But it is widespread outside in non-Muslim countries, because it is unclear who is a scholar and who is an oppressor there. They say they are Muslim and do what they do. They open their legs wide in a bad posture, ḥāshā mina l-ḥuḍūr. Their heads are uncovered, with beards but without moustaches.

There is a lot of such things which are not in the religion. They are practicing them as if they are in the religion. That is what means Bid’ah. They are Bid’ah. They say to Muslims that they make Bid’ah, whereas they make Bid’ah themselves. “If you make Salawat, it is Bid’ah. If you visit a tomb and recite there, it is Bid’ah”. Whereas all of these are Sunnah in fact. But they are showing them as bad to you. And they are showing you bad things as good. May Allah ﷻ protect us.

Muslims must be cautious about these things. We must warn people who do this unknowingly to be cautious. Showing things that are not in the religion as if they are in the religion is a wrongdoing. Doing them knowingly is a sin and doing them unknowingly is a wrongdoing. May Allah ﷻ protect us from these people and the evil of shaytan. May Allah ﷻ protect us from the evil of this Fitnah insha’Allah.

Wa min Allah at-Tawfiq. Al-Fatiha.

There are recited Qur’an Khatms, Dalail Al-Khayrat, Salawat, Tahlilat, Takbirat and Tasbihat. In particular, one of our brothers read ten Khatms yesterday. We gift all of them to the soul of his Shaykh Abdul Baki Efendi, and especially to the soul of our Holy Prophet ﷺ, his Ahlu l-Bayt and Sahabah, the souls of all Anbiya, Awliya, Asfiya and Mashayikh, the soul of our Shaykh Mawlana Shaykh Nazim, the souls of our late relatives, souls of all Muslims and Mu’mins. With the intention of goodness to come and evil to be gone, for the strength of our Iman insha’Allah, with the intention to be on the right way, on the way of Haqq. Li-Llahi Ta’ala l-Fatiha.


Mawlana Sheikh Muhammad Adil ar-Rabbani

11 August 2023/24 Muharram 1445

Akbaba Dergah, Istanbul

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