Saturday, 20 July 2013


It is reported that Imām Al-Zuhrī – Allāh have mercy on him – said:

    Those of our scholars who went before us used to say,”Adherence to the Sunnah is salvation, but knowledge is taken away quickly, so the revival of knowledge means the stability of religion and worldly affairs, and the loss of knowledge means the loss of all that.”

Al-Lālakā`ī, Sharh Usūl I’tiqād Ahl Al-Sunnah article 136

The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said: Ahead of you there lie days of patience, during which being patient will be like grasping a hot coal. The one who does good deeds then will have a reward like that of fifty men who do such deeds. And someone else added: They said: Oh Messenger of Allaah, the reward of fifty of them? He said: The reward of fifty of you.

 In some reports of the hadeeth, it reads, "They are the ones who will revive my Sunnah and teach it to the people." (Narrated by Abu Dawood (4341); al-Tirmidhi (3085) and he said: it is a hasan hadeeth. It was classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in al-Silsilah al-Saheehah [494])

Thawbaan stated that the Messenger of Allaah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said, "There will always remain a group from my Ummah steadfast and manifest upon the truth. They are unharmed by those who desert them, and they will remain like this until the order of Allah is established."

[This hadith is mutawatir, refer to Iqtida' al-Sirat al-Mustaqim (p. 6) and Nazm al-Mutanathir min al-Hadith al-Mutawatir (p. 93).
Abu Isa al-Tirmidhi (d.274) said, "This hadith is Hasan Sahih. I heard Muhammad Ibn Isma'il say: I heard 'Ali Ibn al-Madini (d.234H - one of the great teachers of bukhaari) say...He mentioned this hadith, 'There will always remain a group from my nation steadfast and manifest upon the truth.' Ali said: 'They are the people of Hadith.'"

[Sunan al-Tirmidhi (no. 2229)]

The Best of the Muslims Revive the Sunnah   

أَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ أَحْمَدَ بْنِ يَعْقُوبَ ، أَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ نُعَيْمٍ الضَّبِّيُّ ،أَخْبَرَنِي مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ يُوسُفَ بْنِ رَيْحَانَ ، قَالَ : حَدَّثَنِي أَبِي ، قَالَسَمِعْتُ أَبَا عَبْدِ اللَّهِ مُحَمَّدَ بْنَ إِسْمَاعِيلَ يَعْنِي الْبُخَارِيَّ ، يَقُولُأَفْضَلُ الْمُسْلِمِينَ رَجُلٌ أَحْيَا سُنَّةً مِنْ سُنَنِ الرَّسُولِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَدْ أُمِيتَتْ ، فَاصْبِرُوا يَا أَصْحَابَ السُّنَنِ رَحِمَكُمُ اللَّهُ ، فَإِنَّكُمْ أَقَلُّ النَّاسِ 

Yusef ibn Rayhaan said: My father told me: I heard Abu 'Abdillaah Muhammad ibn Isma'eel (Bukhaaree) say: The best of the Muslims is a man who revives a Sunnah from the Sunnah of the Messenger that had died. So be patient oh people of the Sunnan, may Allaah have mercy on you, for indeed you are the minority among the people. [Al-Jaami' Li Akhlaaq Ar-Raawee Wa Aadaab As-Saami' of Al-Khateeb Al-Baghdaadee vol. 1, p. 168, Muasasah Ar-Risaalah]

Glad Tidings For The Strangers

Abu Hurairah narrated that the Messenger of Allaah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said: Islam began as strange, and it will return strange as it began so tooba [glad tidings] to the strangers. [Muslim]

In another narration, the Messenger of Allaah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) was asked, "Oh Messenger of Allaah, who are the strangers?" He (صلى الله عليه وسلم) replied: Those who are steadfast in righteousness at a time when the people become corrupt. [At-Tahaawee in al-Mushkil (298/1)]

In another version, he (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said: Those who correct what the people have corrupted of my Sunnah. [At-Tirmidhee (2765), at-Tabaranee in al-Kabeer (16/17), al-Bazzaar (3287) and others.]

Imam 'Abdul-'Azeez Ibn 'Abdullaah Ibn Baaz (rahimahullaah) brought the above hadeeth from Saheeh Muslim and the subsequent narrations, and said about them: "So this noble hadeeth makes it clear to the people of intellect that calling to the truth and refuting that which the people have introduced into the religion - at a time when Islaam is strange - is regarded to be from the reformation which the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) encouraged and praised its people for.

This great hadeeth also makes clear to the readers that it is obligatory upon the people of truth - when Islaam has become strange - to become more active in explaining the rulings of Islaam, giving Da'wah and spreading merits and virtues, and fighting against the vices. It is also necessary for them to be firm upon that until they become one of the righteous people at a time when corruption is prevalent, and they become one of those who correct the mischief when the people are active in it. Indeed, Allaah is the Granter of success, Exalted be He."

Source: Words of Advice Regarding Da'wah, by Shaikh Ibn Baaz, under the chapter: "If One 
Becomes Alienated and is Shunned, then he should work harder in his Da'wah." 

Strangeness of the Sunnah and its people

Al-Haafidh Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbalee (rahimahullaah) wrote: "Concerning the statement of the Prophet: 'Islaam began as something strange and will return to being strange, as it began,' Imaam Al-Awzaa'ee (rahimahullaah) said: 'As for this, then it does not mean that Islaam will go away, rather it means that Ahlus-Sunnah will go away, up to the point that there will not remain any from them in a land except one person.' " *

* What is meant by Ahlus-Sunnah (the true Salafees, the true Ahlul-Hadeeth, the true Ahlul-Athaar) are those who hold onto and bite onto the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (in 'Aqeedah and Manhaj and manner of worship and character). They learn it, act upon it, teach it to others, and are patient upon the harms. They consist of the true scholars, their students, and those who follow in their footsteps.  

Yoonus bin 'Ubayd (rahimahullaah) said: "There is not a thing more strange than the Sunnah. But what is stranger than that is the one who knows it."   

Teaching a Sunnah is more superior than two hundred years of Worship  

(Aboo 'Uthmaan said): "I found in the book of the Shaikh, the Imaam, my grandfather, aboo 'Abdullaah Muhammad ibn 'Adee Hamdawaih as-Saaboonee (rahimahullaah ta'aala), Abul-'Abbaas, al-Hasan ibn Sufyaan an-Nasawee informed us that al-'Abbaas ibn Sabeeh narrated to them (saying): 'Abdul-Jabbaar ibn Taahir narrated to us (saying): Ma'mar ibn Raashid narrated to me (saying): I heard Ibn Shihaab az-Zuhree saying: "Teaching a sunnah is more superior than two hundred years of worship." 

- Usool-u-Sunnah by Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal (rahimahullaah), Chapter Six: The Distinguishing Signs of Ahlus-Sunnah

Student Abul-'Abbaas Moosa Richardson (hafidhahullaah) said: "Meaning: 200 years of individual worship, like optional fasting and praying, since those deeds are for the one who performs them, and the reward for them would not increase over time, in contrast to someone who teaches a sunnah. Teaching a sunnah is also a kind of worship, yet its reward is multiplied over time based on the number of people who practice what they learn, call to it, and teach it to others.

So there is no specification of a reward of 200 here by Imaam az-Zuhree; rather he was giving an extreme example of the difference between two kinds of worship: one kind [whose] benefit is restricted to the one who performs it, and the other that has ongoing reward piling up based on the actions of the people who learned from the teacher, and those who learned from their students, and so on.

The Prophet (may Allaah raise his rank and grant him peace) said, what means, 'Whoever invites to goodness will have a reward like all those who follow him in that, without their rewards decreasing in the least...' (Muslim)."

The Messenger of Allaah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said: Whoever revives a sunnah from my Sunnah and the people practice it, will have the same reward of those who practice it without their reward diminishing... (Ibn Majah)  

Holding Onto Sunnah Is A Safeguard Against Going Astray

Allaah's Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said: I have left amongst you that which if you hold onto it, you will never go astray after me: the Book of Allaah and my Sunnah. As the scholars have explained, in this promise is a protection from going astray for the one who truly holds onto the Qur`an and the Sunnah - upon the correct understanding of the companions. 

The truth is Clear and Apparent, and distinct from Deviation   

This is why the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said: I have left you upon clarity, a clear path. Its night is like its day. No one deviates from it except that he is destroyed! [Reported by Ahmad, Ibn Maajah (no. 43) and al-Haakim; declared 'saheeh' by al-Albaanee in as-Saheehah (no. 937)]

Following The Sunnah (the Prophet's Manhaj, 'Aqeedah) Leads To Jannah, and Refusal Leads to the Fire!    

The Messenger of Allaah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said: "Everyone will enter Jannah except those who refuse." It was asked, "And who would refuse, oh Messenger of Allaah?" He said, "Whoever obeys me enters Jannah, and whoever disobeys me, refuses." [al-Bukhaaree (no. 2780)]

Al-Irbaad ibn Saariyah (radialahu 'anhu) reported: One day the Messenger of Allaah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) admonished us with an intense sermon which caused the hearts to fear and the eyes to shed tears, so we said: 'Oh Messenger of Allaah, this is as if it were a farewell sermon, so advise us.' He (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said: I order you to fear Allaah, and to hear and obey, even if you have a slave as a ruler over you. For verily, he who lives long among you will see many differences. So I order you to stick to my Sunnah and the Sunnah of the rightly-guided khulafa after me... [Abu Dawood, Ahmad, Ibn Majaah, Ad-Daarimi, and at-Tirmidhee; Authentic] 

The Messenger of Allaah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said: "Cling to my Sunnah and the way of the rightly guided Khulafa (Caliphs) who will come after me" [This hadith is Hasan (sound). It is narrated upon the authority of al-'Irbad Ibn Sariyah (رضي الله عنه‏). It was collected by Ahmad in the Musnad (4/126-127), al-Darimi (no. 2676) in the introduction, al-Tirmidhi (no. 2676), Abu Dawud (no. 4607), and Ibn Majah (no. 42 and 45). Al-Albani has authenticated this narration in Irwa' al-Ghalil (8/107, no. 2455)

Imaam Maalik (rahimahullaah) said: "The Sunnah is like Noah's Ark. Whoever embarks upon it reaches salvation and whoever refuses is drowned." Reported by Shaikhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah in Majmoo ul-Fataawaa (4/57)

Mu’tamir Ibn Sulaymaan (rahimahullaah) said: “I entered upon my father and I was sad. So he said to me, ‘What is wrong with you?’ I responded, ‘A friend of mine passed away.’ He said, ‘Did he die upon the Sunnah?’ I said ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘Don’t feel sorry for him.’”

Mu’aafah Ibn ‘Imraan (rahimahullaah) said: “Do not praise a man until death, as he will either die upon the Sunnah or die upon innovation.”

Al-Fudayl Ibn Iyaad (rahimahullaah) said: “Tooba is for the one who dies upon Islaam and the Sunnah. If it is like this (i.e. a person dies upon Islaam and the Sunnah), then frequently say, ‘Maa Shaa` Allaah.’”

‘Awn (rahimahullaah) said: “Whoever dies upon Islaam and the Sunnah, then for him are glad tidings of all that is good.”
[Translated by Aboo ‘Abdilaah Hasan as-Somali Sharh Usool I’tiqaad Ahl Us Sunnah Wal Jamaa’h]

Shaikh Muhammad Al-Anjaaree (hafidhahullaah) said "The life of the Sunnee revolves around the affair of him constantly reviving the Sunnah."

Points Taken from the Talk ‘How to Honour the Sunnah’.
Shaykh Sa’d bin Naasir ash-Shithree [May Allaah Preserve him]
Jaami’ Ameerah Mawdee bint Ahmad as-Sudayree
9/4/1434 - 20/2/2013

Aboo Bakr as-Siddeeq [May Allaah be Pleased with him] was increased his level to become a Siddeeq in the events that took place after the Israa and Mi’raaj of the Prophet [Peace and Blessings of Allaah be Upon him], this was because of his statement, “If he said it, then I believe it because I believe in something greater than that, that revelation comes down to him from the Heavens.” i.e. his submission to the Sunnah. [Silsilah as-Saheehah of Albaanee (306)]

The was also another incident where the Messenger of Allaah [Peace and Blessings of Allaah be Upon him] bought a camel from somebody, he paid for it without collecting it. When the Prophet [Peace and Blessings of Allaah be Upon him] wanted to collect the animal the seller wanted proof or a witness that he bought this animal as the seller didn’t remember in selling the animal.

So Khuzaymah bin Thaabit [May Allaah be Pleased with him] came forward and said I am a witness that he brought this animal. So the Prophet [Peace and Blessings of Allaah be Upon him] questioned him, “How can you witness it when you weren’t there?” So Khuzaymah replied, “By my mother and my father! I believe that revelation comes from the Heavens (i.e. I believe in you).” [Narrated by Aboo Dawood (4827) and classed as Saheeh by al-Albaanee in Saheeh al-Jaami’ (5624)]

So the Prophet [Peace and Blessings of Allaah be Upon him] ruled that his witness was that which is worthy of two men.

Look here, the submission to the Sunnah of Khuzaymah [May Allaah be Pleased with him] was raised in his status from being that of one man to the witness that which was suffice for two men.

Source: Ahledhikr blogspot

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