Who Will Have A Worse Punishment (In The Hereafter): The Sinners Or The Innovators? By Sh. Saalih Al-Fawzaan


Question:

Who will have a worse punishment (in the hereafter): The sinners or the Innovators?

Answer:

The innovators will have a worse punishment, since innovations are worse than sins. Innovations are more beloved to the Devil than sins because (it is most likely that) the sinner may repent (1), but as for the innovator, than very rarely does he repent because he thinks that he is upon the truth.

This is contrary to the sinner for he knows that he is disobeying Allaah and that he is committing a sinful deed. As for the innovator, he considers himself to be obeying Allaah and to be upon obedience. This is why innovation – and Allaah’s refuge is sought – is worse than sin. And this is why the Salaf warned the people from sitting and gathering with the innovators (2) for they would influence those whom they sat with, and their danger is great.

There is no doubt that innovation is worse than sin and that the danger of the innovator is worse to the people than the danger of the sinner (3). This is why the Salaf would say, “Being moderate while upon the Sunnah is better than exerting oneself while upon innovation.

Footnotes:

(1) Sufyaan Ath-Thawree (may Allaah have mercy upon him) said, “Innovation is more beloved to Iblees (the Devil) than sins. This is because sins are repented from whereas innovations are not repented from.” [Majmoo’ Al-Fataawaa (11/472)] Also, the prophet (saw) said, “Verily Allaah has prevented repentance from every person of innovation.” [Silsilat Al-Ahaadeeth As-Saheehah (1620)]

(2) Hasan Al-Basree (may Allaah have mercy upon him) said, “Do not sit with a person of innovation, for indeed he will put a disease in your heart.” [Al-I’tisaam of Ash-Shaatibee (1/172) verified by Saleem Al-Hilaalee]

(3) This statement is reported from Ibn Mas’ood (ra). Refer to Al-Laalikaa’ee (1/188, no. 114).

[Taken from “Beneficial Anaswers To Questions On Innovated Methadologies” By Shaykh Saalih Al-Fawzaan, Pp. 31-32]

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