Are Refutations Of Innovators A Cause Of Separation?

Shaykh Saalih Ibn Fawzaan al-Fawzaan was asked:

Question: Many people say that those who refute the people of bid’ah are the cause of separation.

Yes, separation between the truth and the falsehood – this is correct. We make a distinction between truth and the falsehood and (also between) the people of truth and the people of falsehood. We are going to refute (the people of falsehood), and the Scholars refuted (the people of falsehood). This is not for the purpose of causing division; this is to gather the people upon the truth, because with people remaining upon misguidance and upon the speech of falsehood, then this causes division between the Muslims. As for clarifying the truth for the people, so they can gather upon it, then this is the da’wah towards unity, not the da’wah towards separation. The da’wah towards separation is when it is said, ‘The people of falsehood are not to be refuted.’ This is the da’wah to division if they only gave thought.

Source: The recorded lessons of Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan in explanation of Sharhus-Sunnah of Imaam al-Barbahaaree (d. 329H).

Translated by Abu Yusuf Khaleefah
8th of Rajab, 1436 H (04-27-2015)
Masjid Nur Allah, Queens, NYC