Is the following narration authentic?
إن لله تعالى عند كل بدعة كيد بها الإسلام و أهله وليا صالحا يذب عنه و يتكلم بعلاماته فاغتنموا حضور تلك المجالس بالذب عن الضعفاء و توكلوا على الله و كفى بالله وكيلا
Whenever any innovation detrimental to Islam appears, Allah Ta’ala always has a pious friend to speak about the signs of this innovation and to defend Islam, so attend those gatherings and place your trust in Allah and Allah is sufficient as a disposer of affairs.
Bid’ah is not tolerated in Islam, and should undoubtedly be repelled.
The narration in question has been recorded by Imam Abu Nu’aym (rahimahullah) in Hilyatul Awliya with an extremely weak chain.
(Hilyatul Awliya, vol. 10 pg. 400)
In fact Hafiz Dhahabi (rahimahullah) has declared the Hadith as a fabrication and ‘Allamah Munawi (rahimahullah) has stated that the signs of fabrication are apparent in this narration. The Hadith therefore should not be quoted.
(Lisanul Mizan, vol. 5 pg. 229 -4857- and vol. 3 pg. 508 -3217-, At Taysir bi Sharhil Jami ‘is Saghir, vol. 1 pg. 336. Also see Al Mudawi of Ahmad Siddiq Al Ghumari)
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best
Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar
Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar