The refutations upon the people of innovation are from Jihaad in the path of Allaah. They are from safeguarding the Sharee’ah from having other than it attached to it. So writing the books, publishing them and spreading them is the truth and it is a call to the truth and Jihaad in the path of Allaah. So whoever claims that publishing and spreading the books that contain refutation upon the innovators is an innovated affair, then he is upon error, because Allaah the Sublime and Exalted said,
“O Prophet! Strive hard against the hypocrites and be harsh with them.” [Sooratut-Tawbah 9:73]
And Jihaad can occur by the hand, or it can be with the tongue, or it can be with the wealth. So from Jihaad with the tongue is defending and safeguarding this Sharee’ah from everything that has been fabricated into it from doubts and falsities. And from that as well is warning against the innovations and calling to the truth. Due to this, Imaam Ahmad (d.241H) and other than him authored books warning against the innovators. So Imaam Ahmad wrote the treatise, ar-Radd ’alaz-Zanaadiqah within which, he clarified their doubts. And he answered every doubt. And al-Bukhaaree (d.256H) – rahimahullaah – wrote his book, Khalq Af’aalul-’Ibaad. And other than them from amongst the Imaams of Islaam wrote books in refutation of the innovators and invalidated their falsities and established the proofs against them. Likewise, Shaykhul-Islaam [Ibn Taymiyyah (d.728H)] wrote in refutation upon the Raafidah in his famous book, Minhaajus-Sunnatin-Nabawiyyah fee Naqd Kalaamish-Shee’ah wal-Qadariyyah. And he clarified what they were upon from falsehood and misguidance.
Grand Muftee of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, His eminence, Shaykh ’Abdul-’Azeez Ibn ’Abdullaah aalush-Shaykh