Between the Rafidee Donkey Ibn al-Mutahhir al-Hillee and Yahya al-Hajuri and His Followers
Lets look at the speech of the donkey known as Ibn al-Mutahhir al-Hillee whom Ibn Taymiyyah refuted in Minhaaj al-Sunnah. Ibn Taymiyyah says:
إنه - يعني عثمان - زاد الأذان الثاني يوم الجمعة وهو بدعة
[Ibn al-Mutahhir says] He (meaning Uthmaan) added the second adhaan on the day of Jumu'ah and it is a bid'ah. Minhaj al-Sunnah (6/290)
Note that these words of Ibn al-Mutahhir are much more respecting towards Uthmaan (radiallaahu anhu) compared to what is claimed by al-Hajuri.
Shaykh al-Islaam responds to this claim of the Raafidee:
فمن أين لكم أن عثمان فعل هذا - يعني الأذان - بغير دليل شرعي؟
So from where you have (got this) that Uthmaan did this without a daleel shar'iyy (evidence from the shari'ah)? Minhaj al-Sunnah (6/291)
Ibn Taymiyyah's reponse to the Raafidee Ibn al-Mutahhir (and also to Yahya al-Hajuri and his followers) is what evidence do you have that there is no legislative evidence for this, indicating that there is a basis for this in the Shariah. Let us now proceed to see what are the foundations of this from the Salaf and the Imaams of Ahl al-Sunnah and then see the response of al-Hajuri to that. So from what which has been provided as a response to al-Hajuri (and the Raafidee Ibn al-Mutahhir) is:
In the Masaa'il Abi Daawood Li Ahmad (p. 277) there occurs:
سمعت أحمد غير مرة يسأل يقال: ما كان من فعل أبي بكر وعمر وعثمان وعلي سنة؟ قال: نعم. وقال مرةً -يعني أحمد-: لحديث رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: عليكم بسنتي وسنة الخلفاء الراشدين
I heard Ahmad more than once being asked with it being said: "What was from the action of Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthmaan and Ali, (is it) Sunnah?" He said, "Yes." And on an occasion he (meaning Ahmad) said, "Due to the hadeeth of the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam), "You must follow my Sunnah and the Sunnah of the rightly-guided caliphs."
Ibn Taymiyyah said in Majmu al-Fatawa (3/82):
لكن لما اتفقوا على المصحف في زمن عثمان صار هذا مما سنه الخلفاء الراشدون، وقد دلَّ الحديث على أن لهم سنة يجب اتباعها
However, when they became agreed upon the mus-haf in the era of Uthmaan, this became from what which the rightly-guided caliphs instituted, and the hadeeth has indicated that they have a Sunnah that is obligatory to follow.
And Shaykh Abd al-Aziz bin Baz said in Fataawaa Nur Ala al-Darb (13/201)
لكن ما فعله عثمان من الأذان الثاني في خلافته ليس من البدع؛ لأن الرسول صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: "عليكم بسنتي وسنة الخلفاء الراشدين المهديين من بعدي" وهو من الخلفاء الراشدين
However, what Uthmaan did of (introducing) the second adhaan during his khilaafah is not from the innovations because the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said, "You must follow my Sunnah and the Sunnah of the rightly-guided caliphs after me" and he is from the rightly-guided caliphs.
And Ibn Taymiyyah said in Majmu' al-Fatwaa (21/219):
فما سنه الخلفاء الراشدون ليس بدعةً شرعيةً ينهى عنها وإن كان يسمى في اللغة بدعة لكونه ابتدئ كما قال عمر: نعمت البدعة هذه
So what was instituted by the rightly-guided caliphs is not a bid'ah (in the) shar'iyy (legislated) sense that is to be prohibited, even if it is labelled a bid'ah linguistically due to it being newly-commenced, just like Umar said (about the taraaweeh), "What an excellent bid'ah this is."
Pay attention to this quote from Ibn Taymiyyah as it will help to demolish one of the shubuhaat (doubts) coming from al-Hajuri and his fanatics who have decided to support the saying of the Raafidee donkey, Ibn al-Mutahhir al-Hillee, rather than support the saying of the Imaams of the Sunnah, Ibn Taymiyyah, Ibn Baz and many others who upon this.
And Ibn Taymiyyah also said in al-Fataawaa al-Kubraa (4/254), in explanation of the hadeeth of al-Irbaad bin Saariyah:
ففي هذا الحديث أمر المسلمين باتباع سنته وسنة الخلفاء الراشدين، وبين أن المحدثات التي هي البدع التي نهى عنها ما خالف ذلك
So in this hadeeth is a command to the Muslims of following his Sunnah and the Sunnah of the rightly-guided caliphs, and he explained that the newly-invented matters which are the innovations he prohibited from are whatever opposes that [of his sunnah and that of the rightly-guided caliphs].
This is also an important quote to keep in mind as it will aid in demolishing the foundations from under al-Hajuri and his fanatical followers.
1. Al-Hajuri and his followers have chosen to support a saying originated by the Rafidee donkey Ibn al-Mutahhir al-Hillee, even though that Rafidee was quite mild and respectful in the way he presented the issue, unlike al-Hajuri who accused Uthmaan of instituting dalaalah (misguidance), mukhaalafah (opposition) and umm ul-bid'ah (mother of innovation).
2. At the same time they wage a war against Ahl al-Sunnah and their scholars such as Shaykh Rabee (and Shaykh Salih al-Fawzaan) in whose statements in this issue there is defence of Uthmaan (radiallaahu anhu) and exoneration of him against this charge.
3. The understanding that there is a "Sunnah" of the rightly-guided caliphs that is the same as the Sunnah of the Messenger (sallaallaahu alayhi wasallam) and that innovations are what oppose that, and that this act of Uthmaan (radiallaahu anhu) comes within that Sunnah, and this matter is agreed upon by consensus.
4. From here, the Hajaawirah (fanatical followers of al-Hajuri) have many shubuhaat (doubts) they use in order to wallow in their falsehood and to deceive the people. These will be addressed in articles to follow.
Refer to the excellent article (صد البغي والعدوان عن الخليفة الراشد عثمان), a series of articles in rebuttal of al-Hajuri and his followers, and their subsequent claims and counterarguments.