Benefit: Shayṭān Loves Which More: Sins or Bidʿah?

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In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

ii. Bid’ah (Innovation) Bidʿah or religious innovation is more beloved to Iblīs than sin and insubordination because the damage of innovation is in the core of the religion. Moreover, it is that type of sin which is not usually repented from because the innovator has deluded himself into believing that he is doing something that is sanctioned and therefore permissible, but in reality, it is in opposition to the call of the Messengers, and more importantly, the call and way of Allāh’s Last Messenger. Innovation is an entrance to disbelief and associating [partners with Allāh]. Hence, if Iblīs obtains the performance of innovation from an individual thus making him an innovator, he then makes that person an agent and one of his callers. If Iblīs falls short [with that] and is unable to ensnare the servant with this type [of trick], and if he is one of those who were given by Allāh the gift of the [Pure] Sunnah and hatred of the people of innovation and misguidance, he [Iblīs] continues on to the third kind. The great Imām of Ahl al-Sunnah, Sufyān al-Thawrī [d.167H] said: “Innovation is more beloved to Iblīs than sin, since a sin may be repented from but innovation is not repented from” [al-Lālikāʿī – ‘Sharḥ Uṣūl I'tiqaad Ahlis-Sunnah wa-al-Jamāʿah’ (no. 238)] .1
1) A section from the TROID Publication: How to Protect Yourself from Shayṭān by Dāwūd Adīb

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