A lecture series by our beloved brother Abū ʿUways (raḥimahullāh). Shaykh al-Islām Ibn Taymīyyah stated there were 3 types of innovations that emerged in the last days of the Tābiʿīn. These 3 types of innovations were: opinion, scholasticism (kalām), and Ṣūfism. Ṣūfīs came up with superstitions, false ideologies and creeds in contradiction with what the Messenger of Allāh (may Allāh raise his rank and grant him peace) came with. They spread their madness with great strength.
Ṣūfism is very diverse, from their core beliefs is that Allāh is in everything and everything is in Allāh. Over 3 million people gather annually at grave of al-Badawī. In addition, millions of Ṣūfīs visit the grave of ʿAbd al-Qādir al-Jilānī in a matter of worship. They are seen making sajdah, rukūʿ, tawāf, and oaths around the graves. Furthermore, they make duʿāʾʾʾ to people in the graves, seeking help from them. Some even bring sweets, money or silk to the graves. There are those who kiss the graves. They ask the one in the grave rather than asking Allāh.
From their core principles is following the orders of one's "shaykh"; never questioning anything that he commands. Through religious experience, their shaykhs claim to know the unseen. It has been stated that he who does not have a shaykh, then his shaykh is al-shayṭān. Do not talk, do not move, and do not speak out of fear of him (the "shaykh"). Do not busy yourself with knowledge, do not make dhikr, do not read Qurʾān, except with the shaykh's permission. The Ṣūfīs mention that he who says to his shaykh "why", will never be successful.
Do not be fooled by the glitter of their outward appearance and their manners. Imam al-Barbahārī said the Ṣūfīs are like scorpions hiding under the sand. When they are established, then they will sting you. The Ṣūfīs have their own scholars, colleges, publishing houses, magazines and camps. The people of innovation come in many forms. They come in many varieties, from many lands, with each one of them calling to their own innovation. It has been tated by Abū Yazīd al-Bustānī said, “Glory be to me how great I am.” He also said, “The Jannah is not but a plain place for the babies.” Shaykh Rabīʿ ibn Hādī quotes one of them as saying, “You (Allāh) created me, that is it. I don’t care about your Jannah and your Nār.” Another Ṣūfī said “I see the seven heavens, the seven earths, and the throne of Allāh inside of me”.