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Importance of Following the Sahaba (رضي الله عنهم)

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Explanation of hadith:

The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:

… those of you who live long among you after me will see great disagreement. You must then follow my sunnah and that of the rightly-guided caliphs. Hold to it and stick fast to it. Avoid novelties, for every novelty is an innovation, and every innovation is an error.

[Sunan Abu Dawud]

The Importance of following Sahaba

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February 3, 2012 at 11:33 pm

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Shaykh Ibn Taymiyah on the Sahabah (رضي الله عنهم)

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Among the fundamentals of the people of the Sunnah and the community is purity of heart and tongue toward the Companions (رضي الله عنهم) of the Messenger  (صلى الله عليه وسلم) of Allah  just as Allah has described them:

 “Those who came after them (the Sahabah) say: ‘Our Lord forgive us. Forgive our brethren who preceded us in faith. Purify our hearts of any rancor toward the believers. Our Lord, You are Gentle, Compassionate.”

(al-Hashr 59/l0)

Obey the saying of the Prophet  (صلى الله عليه وسلم) :

“Do not revile my companions (رضي الله عنهم). By (Allah) in Whose Hand my soul is!, if any one of you spends gold (piled up) like (mount) ‘Uhud it will not equal a pint of any one of them, nor its half.”

(al-Bukhari, Muslim, Abu-Dawud, at-Tirmidhi Ibn Majah, Ibn Hanbal)

(The people of the Sunnah) accept what the Qur’an, the Sunnah, and the consensus brought them of the Sahabah’s (رضي الله عنهم) virtues and high ranks; So they prefer those who spent (their wealth) and fought before the victory -which is the treaty of al-Hudaybiyah – over those who spent and fought after it. They prefer the Muhajirun (رضي الله عنهم) (Immigrants) over the Ansar (رضي الله عنهم) (Helpers). They believe that Allah said to the people of Badr – they were over three hundred-: “Do whatever you wish, I have already forgiven you.” (Abu Dawud)

And “they believe that no one who pledged allegiance to the Prophet (peace be upon him) under the tree will enter Hell” (Muslim), as the Prophet  (صلى الله عليه وسلم) had declared; but that Allah was pleased with them and they with Him – and they were more than one thousand and four hundred.

They assign to Paradise whoever the Messenger  (صلى الله عليه وسلم) of Allah  assigned there such as the ten, and Thabit Ibn Qays Ibn Shammas (رضي الله عنه), and others of amongst the Sahabah (رضي الله عنهم).

They accept what has been reported continuously from the Prince of the Believers, ‘Ali Ibn Abi Talib (رضي الله عنه), and from others, that the best men of this ‘Ummah after its Prophet  (صلى الله عليه وسلم) are: Abu Bakr (رضي الله عنه); then ‘Umar (رضي الله عنه); third, ‘Uthman (رضي الله عنه), and fourth, ‘Ali Ibn Abi Talib (رضي الله عنه). All Traditions have indicated, and all Sahabah (may Allah be pleased with them all) have agreed upon giving priority to ‘Uthman (رضي الله عنه) out of regard for his allegiance (al-Bai’ah), although some of the people of the Sunnah are disputing over whether ‘Uthman (رضي الله عنه) or ‘Ali (رضي الله عنه) has the priority, after they (the people of the Sunnah) had agreed upon giving priority to Abu Bakr (رضي الله عنه) and ‘Umar (رضي الله عنه). Some people gave the priority to ‘Uthman (رضي الله عنه) and kept silent and considered ‘Ali (رضي الله عنه) to be the fourth. However, some people preferred ‘Ali (رضي الله عنه). And some remained neutral. But the people of the Sunnah settled on preferring ‘Uthman (رضي الله عنه), even though this matter – the matter of ‘Uthman (رضي الله عنه) and ‘Ali (رضي الله عنه) – is not of the fundamentals. The majority of the people of the Sunnah do not consider disagreeing in this matter as being misled. Rather, it is in the matter of the “Question of the Caliphate” where they consider the disagreeing person to be misled.

Ahl as-Sunnah believe that the Caliph after the Messenger of Allah  (صلى الله عليه وسلم) is Abu Bakr (رضي الله عنه); then ‘Umar (رضي الله عنه); then ‘Uthman (رضي الله عنه), then ‘Ali (رضي الله عنه), and that whoever contests the Caliphate of any one of these Imams is indeed more lost than an ass.

[Aqidah al wasitiyah]

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January 12, 2012 at 2:16 pm

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Strength of the Ummah

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The Ummah’s strength does not lie in money, natural resources or numbers – we have all of these in abundance today, whereas the ummah at the time of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) and his companions (رضي الله عنهم) had very little of any of them. The source of the ummah’s strength lies in Islam and in its adherence to the way of the Qur’an and Sunnah.

Imam Malik Said:

لا يصلح آخر هذه الأمة إلا بما صلح به أولها

The latter part of this Ummah will not be rectified except by that which rectified its earlier part.

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October 10, 2011 at 4:43 am

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Abu Zur’ah ar Razi on the Companions (رضي الله عنهم)

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Abu Zur’ah ar Razi said:

If you see a man looking down upon the companions (رضي الله عنهم)  of the Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) of Allah, know that he is a pervert. This is because the Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) is true, the Qur’an is true and what the Qur’an brought is true. All this is brought to us by the companions (رضي الله عنهم). These pervert only wanted to disparage our witnesses ( the companions (رضي الله عنهم)) in order to nullify the book of Allah and the sunnah. Therefore, they are rather the ones who should be disparaged.

[Manaahil Al-‘Irfaan]

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October 2, 2011 at 4:28 pm

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Trait most hated by companions (رضي الله عنهم)

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‘Aisha (رضي الله عنها) said:

“There was not a trait most reprehensible in the sight of Prophet’s (صلى الله عليه وسلم) companions  (رضي الله عنهم) more than lying. Whenever the Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) of Allah found any of his companions  (رضي الله عنهم) lying, that impression would not depart from his heart until he was vividly shown that the companion had sincerely turned to Allah in repentance.

[Muslim in his introdution to his sahih]

‘Umar Ibn Khattab (رضي الله عنه) said:

The dearest of you as long as you have not met us are the best in names. But after we had seen you, the best of you to us are the best of you in character. When we scrutinise you, the dearest of you to us are the most truthful of you in speech.

[Ibn Abi Dunya]

‘Ali Ibn Abi Talib (رضي الله عنه) said:

I am informing you of what I heard from Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم). To fall down from the sky is dearer to me than to invent lie against him.

[Bukhari and Muslim]

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October 2, 2011 at 4:15 pm

“Whoever invents a lie against me…

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Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:

من كذب علي متعمدا فليتبوأ مقعده من النار

“Whoever invents a lie against me should take up his seat in the hell-fire.”

[Bukhari and others]

This hadith is mutawaatir (consecutive) and is reported by 62 companions (رضي الله عنهم) among whom 10 are given glad tidings of paradise. No other hadith is reported by more than 60 companions (رضي الله عنهم).

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October 2, 2011 at 3:11 pm

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Women Companions (رضي الله عنهن) zeal for knowledge

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The womenfolk once sent their delegate to the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) to tell him:

O Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) of Allah, Men have dominated your attention to the exclusion of us women. So, appoint for us a day in which we can come to you and learn from you some of what Allah had taught you.

Sahih Bukhari and Muslim

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October 1, 2011 at 2:55 pm

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