Al-Allaamah Zayd Bin Haadi Al-Madkhali (rahimahullaah) said:

Protests/Demonstrations are newly invented matters in the religion, and every newly invented matter in the religion is a bidah, and every bidah is misguidance, and every misguidance is in the hell fire (i.e. is a path leading to the hell fire). That is because Allaah’s legislation is perfect and complete—The Book and The Sunnah—and we do not know of anything by way of the evidences in the Book and the Sunnah that makes it permissible for a handful of people to gather and do demonstrations, which causes disturbance for the people and a wastage of time. And greater than this are abandonment of the prayers (during protests) and the occurrence of killing. If one was to kill a Muslim in a single protest, the one/s who called to such protests will carry his sins—be it an individual, a group or those who participate. It has been reported in an authentic narration: The termination of the world means less to Allah than the killing of a Muslim (i.e. without right). [1] These protests are nothing but bidah and acts of misguidance advocated by shaytaan, (enticed) by the urge of the evil soul and desires. And these enemies (i.e. shaytaan, the urge of the evil soul and desires) do not come together in any affair except that the religion and worldly affairs are destroyed, just as it is the case in these demonstrations/protests.

To be continued…In-Shaa-Allaah

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[1] Hadeeth declared authentic by Imaam Albaanee. Saheeh Al-Jaami 9208]

[2] Abridged. Source: الأفنان وتوحيد ابن خزيمة وحديث عن المظاهرات4-4-1432هـ.]