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During his explanation of Kashf al-Shubuhaat, Shaykh Saalih Aal al-Shaykh was asked a question regarding some statements of Shaykh al-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullaah):
What is your view regarding the one who ascribes to Shaykh al-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah that asking the dead to supplicate Allaah (for him) is not from the Major shirk but only an innovation?
The Shaykh answered:
Correct, this (wording) has come in the speech of Shaykh al-Islaam, however, innovation (bid'ah), he intends by this the newly arising innovation, meaning that which occurred in this ummah [i.e. he intends to show that it is newly-arising affair in the ummah not known prior] and it is not his intent (rahimahullah) through the word "bid'ah" that it is the bid'ah that is not shirk, because the innovations that occurred in the Ummah, from them are innovations which are kufr and shirk and amongst them are those which are less than that. Hence, his saying, "As for asking the dead to supplicate to Allaah for the questioner, then it is a bid'ah" he means that this is a newly-arising affair in this ummah, until even the people of Jaahiliyyah did not used to do this. They would not say, "Call upon Allaah for us," they would say, "Intercede for us." Hence, the issue of asking the dead to supplicate, this is an innovation that arose, until even amongst the pagans, it was not something (found) with them. The people of Jaahiliyyah, it was not (found) with them, rather it arose in this ummah (as something new). With the people of Jaahiliyyah it used to be a request through the word of "shafaa'ah" (intercession), "intercede for us", they would come, seek nearness (to the deity) so that he intercedes (for them), they would give devotion so that he would intercede for them, or they would address him with the issue of intercession, "intercede for us with such and such and such and such."
Cassette: Sharh Kashf al-Shubuhaat.
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