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Invoking the Mercy of Allaah for the dead from the People of Innovation

When is the Mercy of Allaah (1) sought for the people of bid'ah and desires [who have died]? Is this done for them absolutely [without exception], or is it a matter requiring elaboration depending upon whether his innovation was restricted to himself and that he was not a caller to it, so therefore the Mercy of Allaah is invoked for him - and if it is the opposite to this [that he calls to his innovation], then Allaah's Mercy is not sought for him. Benefit us, may Allaah reward you?

Innovation is divided in two types:

1. Innovation that reaches the level of kufr (Bid'ah mukaffarah): Like the innovation of stating that the Qur'aan in created, and cursing the Sahaabah such as Abu Bakr and 'Umar and casting aspersions upon the wives of the Prophet (salallaahu 'alaihi wasallaam) and in specific A'isha (radi Allaahu 'anhaa), the one who was freed [from false accusations] from above the Seven Heavens - So as for these [types of] people, then it is not permissible to invoke Allaah's Mercy for them.

2. However, we do invoke the Mercy of Allaah for the people of bid'ah whose innovation does not reach the level of kufr (mufassaqah) - that which does not reach the level of kufr in action or 'aqeedah (belief).


(1) i.e. to say "rahimahullaah".

Shaykh Ahmad bin Yahyaa an-Najmee
'Al-Fataawa Al-Jaliyyah 'an Manaahij Ad-Da'wiyyah', Daarul-Minhaaj. Gathered and notes added by Hasan Ibn Mansoor ad-Daghreeree. Second volume, page 76, Question 36.
Translated by Abu Khadeejah
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Schools of Thought and Blind Following
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Calling to Allaah
Way of the Pious Predecessors
Partisanship and Splitting
Rectification of the Ummah
Disparagement and Refutation

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