Suhaib Webb mentioned that whoever says: I only take from the Qur’an and the Sunnah is an innovator.

This statement is undoubtedly the statement of an innovator. There is no evidence from any of the righteous predecessors (Salaf) nor the scholars of Ahlu-Sunnah wal-Jama’ah to warrant such a false statement.  Webb and his likes are asked ‘Who preceded you in these thoughts?’, is it the Mu’tazilah or the Jahmiyah? Those who are considered innovators by unanimous agreement of the scholars? ‘Who amongst the righteous predecessors believed this?’, ‘Who amongst the four great Imams said this?’.

Imam Ahmad (رحمه الله) said:

“Remain silent, be careful from speaking, unless your speech is in accordance with what the Salaf were upon.”

Webb’s statement is in clear opposition to what the Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم), the most truthful of mankind stated:

“I am leaving you two things and you will never go astray as long as you cling to them — they are the Book of Allaah and my Sunnah.” [Reported by Al- Haakim – Sahih].

So how can a person who reads this claim that whoever says I want to cling to the Quran and the Sunnah is an innovator?  Glory be to You O Allaah, this is a great lie.

Therefore none should follow Webb in this false statement, as Allaah said:

“O you who believe, obey Allaah and His Messenger …” [8:20]”

It is not permissible for a man to come 1400 years after Islam has been completed and perfected and introduce such a twisted notion from his own deficient intellect.

The Messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said:

What is the matter with some people who impose conditions which are not present in Allaah’s Book (Laws)? Whoever imposes such a condition as is not in Allaah’s Laws, then that condition is invalid even if he imposes one hundred conditions, for Allaah’s conditions are more binding and reliable.”” [Agreed Upon]

Webb proceeded to give the reason why the one who says I only take from the Qur’an and the Sunnah is an innovator; he claimed that it is because there are sixteen principles in the Deen not two (meaning the Qur’an and Sunnah), if you don’t take from them then you are an innovator, and from these principles he mentioned: The ‘urf (that which is commonly known, commonly received, conventional, commonly used, or in the common parlance), ijtihaad (reasoning and investigation), qiyaas (analogical deduction), istihsaan (Juristic preference) etc..

These foundations of Fiqh are used by the scholars to reach rulings of wajib (obligatory), mustahab (recommended), makrooh (disliked) ,Sunnah, haram (sinful) and Halal (permissible).

Webb claimed the Salafi is an innovator because he supposedly does not take from these principles. Either Webb forgot, is too ignorant or he intentionally did not mention that these principles all come from the Qur’an and Sunnah. The Salafi therefore is not the innovator rather it is Webb and his likes who have come up with this evil innovation and they are asked to show one of the principles of Fiqh which doesn’t have an evidence from the Quran and/or Sunnah.

Allaah said:

And We have sent down to you the Book (the Quran) as an exposition of everything, a guidance, a mercy, and glad tidings for those who have submitted themselves (to Allaah as Muslims). [16:89]

Ibn Mas’ood (رضي الله عنه) said about this Ayah that it means: “the ruling of every halal and haram, everything the people need in their religion and lives.”

Further proof of Webb’s falsehood is his saying that only 3% of the religion comes from the Qur’an and the Sunnah. This statement is so dangerous that if said with true understanding of its implications could lead to disbelief.  This exceeds  his other statements by far in the level of its severity. Allaah said:

“This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion.” [5:3]

There is no doubt that the perfecting of Allaah here is not referring to 3%, because 3% is not perfection, and the book of Allaah is true, and the statement of Webb is falsehood. Therefore one can see the danger of such statement. The one who claims that Allaah and His Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) only completed 3% from the religion of Islam is a disbeliever in Allaah, and an apostate who left Islam.

In the Sahih narration:

(At the time of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم)), one of the Mushrikeen (polytheists) said to (the Prophet’s Companion) Salmaan al-Farsi (may Allaah be pleased with him): “Your Prophet has taught you everything, even how to defecate!” Salmaan said: “Yes, he forbade us to face the qiblah when urinating or defecating…” [Sahih Hadith in Muslim, Tirmithi and others]

The Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:

I am leaving you upon a (path of) brightness whose night is like its day. [Ibn majah, Sahih]

This is how clear this religion is, that the night is like its day, everything is clear and all praise is due to Allaah

We ask Allaah, the Majestic to protect us from being misguided, from misguiding others and from saying about His religion that which is incorrect, may Allaah protect the youth from the likes of Suhaib Webb and may He guide us and Webb to what is correct and keep us firm on it.