Shaykh Muhammad Al-Wasabee's Tabdee' of Yahya al-Hajoori
Question to Shaykh Muhammad ibn 'Abdul-Wahhab Al-Wasabee (hafidhahullaah): Is it true that you made takfeer upon Yahya al-Hajoori, and what do you have to say about Yahya al-Hajoori?
Answer: This speech is false and it is not correct. Ahlus-Sunnah do not make takfeer upon the Muslims. This matter is from the actions of the Rawaafid, who make takfeer upon the Muslims. And from the creed of the Khawaarij, who make takfeer upon a major sin. As for Ahlus-Sunnah, they do not make takfeer upon a major sin.
[Concerning] al-Hajoori, we did not say on one of any of the days that he is a kaafir. The refuge is with Allaah. But we said that he is mubtad', an innovator. He has innovated into the Deen of Allaah which is not found [in the Deen]. He has legislated legislatures for which Allaah sent down no authority.
[The Prophet (salallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said:] And whoever starts in Islaam an evil practice, he gets the evil of it and the evil of all those who act on it until the Day of Ressurection. Nothing will decrease from their burdens. [Saheeh Muslim]
So he has innovated into the Deen many heresies. And one of them, for example, if he differed with a person on a discretionary matter. Just like the example of Shaikh 'Abdur-Rahman Al-'Adeni. Is he a hizbee or not? He [al-Hajoori] says that he is a hizbee. While the rest of the shaykhs of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jama'ah said: "but rather, he is a Sunni; he is not a Hizbee."
So look at what he [al-Hajoori] did to the rest of the shaykhs. He made tabdee' [of them], declared [them] to be astray, made tafseeq [upon them], boycotted, abandoned, and he ordered his students to abandon [the scholars]; they necessitated many obligations, and they distributed a lot of audio recordings.
We say to him [al-Hajoori], "oh you, this is a discretionary matter, and it is not a textual matter." He doesn't have the position to pass down a verdict upon the individual, declaring him to be a hizbi.
This is your discretion and the positive conjecture is upon you - if indeed you had said this according to your discretion. And if it wasn't said [upon discretion], then you have said it upon desires. So in order to assume that this is your discretion, and others besides you have made their discretions, and they said, "he is not a hizbee."
It is not allowed to declare one astray based upon discretionary matters. And making tabdee' [declaring one an Innovator],tahzeeb [declaring one a Hizbee], tafseeq [declaring one a faasiq], tafjeer [declaring one a faajir], and by stating that "they are dissolute" and that "they are libertines."
And that, "they are this," "they are that," "they are abominable," "they are traitors."
This is a discretionary matter. Have shame on yourself!
So he has legislated this filthy bid'ah.
Abandoning, boycotting, orchestrating, not greeting or talking to each other, and if it happens to be for many years.
All of this because of a discretionary matter.
Upon him is to repent to Allaah 'Azza wa Jall from this bid'ah. Which is an astray bid'ah, and it is considered to be from the major sins. Because he has led many astray. If the scholars did this, if the Salaf-us-salih did this, if the four Imams did this, there would be no cordiality between the Muslims.
This person sees one thing, another sees the opposition of that. Boycotting, abandoning. There would be no cordiality between two. Thus, the reason we have declared it to be a bid'ah.
Likewise from the bid'ah he has perpetrated, requiring others to make Taqleed (blind-following) of him. The one who doesn't speak upon a matter with this speech, he is to be abandoned. He is expelled and he is [considered] "sick."
Fear Allaah! It is not permissible to require the people to make Taqleed of you. You are not a Prophet, nor are you an infallible angel, nor do revelations come down on you. You are a human being. Requiring the people to make Taqleed of you, and asking them "what is your position?" And "oh you, what is your position?" Meaning, if you don't speak with his speech, then you are expelled, abandoned and are considered sick.
This is [injustly] requiring the people to make taqleed [of you].
Upon you [ya Hajoori] is the position of Shaykh Muqbil - may Allaah have mercy upon him - as he used to warn against making Taqleed. From making Taqleed of you. And you require the people to make taqleed of you.
So in order to necessitate the Shaykhs - if they cease to speak with your speech. This is bid'ah in the Deen. Requiring the people to make Taqleed. Also [requiring] the people to abandon others due to discretionary matters. These are just two heresies from many of his heresies.
This, what we said, is from the door of "A Deenu Naseeha."
Allaah, 'Azza wa Jall, states (what means),
Oh you who believe! Stand out firmly for Allaah and be just witnesses and let not the enmity and hatred of others make you avoid justice. Be just: that is nearer to piety, and fear Allaah. Verily, Allaah is Well-Acquainted with what you do.(Al-Ma`idah, ayah 8)
The refuge is with Allaah that we don't rule upon desires, as what he [Hajoori] did - rule upon desires.
But what we say is what we see brings us closer to Allaah 'Azza wa Jall. And that it is from the Deen. And: A Deenu Naseeha.
And because this astray bid'ah, the bid'ah of abandoning one another upon discretionary matters. If his students act upon this, then they are upon a detrimental error, a detrimental error in this world and the hereafter.
Allaah said (what means),
"Or have they partners with Allaah (false gods), who have instituted for them a religion which Allaah has not allowed..." (Ash-Shura, ayah 21)
Likewise the bid'ah of requiring people to make Taqleed of him. This is an astray bid'ah, for which Allaah has sent down no authority.
Allaah said (what means),
"Follow what has been sent down unto you from your Lord (the Qur`an and Prophet Muhammad's Sunnah), and follow not any Auliyaa` (protectors and helpers, etc. who order you to associate partners in worship with Allaah), besides Him (Allaah). Little do you remember!" (Al-A'raf, ayah 3)