Imaam Al-Laalakaa’ee (rahimahullaah) said:

The statements of the people of innovation do not become manifest except through a ruler with absolute authority, or through an obstinate sinful devil who misguides the people in secret with his innovation, or he manifests that through his sword and whip, or he captures (a person’s) heart with his wealth in order to mislead (the person) from the path of Allaah out of fanaticism for his innovation and in defence of his (affairs) of misguidance, in order to turn the Muslims away and put them to trial in their religion. [Source: Quoted by Shaikh Raslaan in ‘Diraasaat Fil Bid’a Wal-Mubtadi’een: page: 268]