Monday, December 3, 2012

obligation of applying the sunnah part 6

Asalam wa alikum


Imam Ahmed Ibn Hanbal (may Allah mercy him) said to one of his
fellows: “Do not imitate me or imitate Malik or Ash-Shafei; rather you
should take from where we took.” And he (may Allah mercy him) also
said: “I am amazed at seeing people knew the chain of transmission and
the authenticity of attributing the Hadith to the Messenger of Allah
(prayers and peace of Allah be upon him), then they went to the opinion
of Sufyan, although Allah the Exalted says: {And let those who oppose
the Messenger’s (Muhammad, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him)
commandment (i.e. his Sunnah - legal ways, orders, acts of worship,
statements) (among the sects) beware, lest some Fitnah should befall
them or a painful torment be inflicted on them} [An-Nur 24:63].”
أَوْ يُصِيب�َهُمْ عَذَابٌ أَلِيمٌ{ النور: 63 � } ف�َلْيَحْذَرِ الَّذِينَ يُخَالِفُونَ عَنْ أَمْرِهِ أَنْ تُصِيب�َهُمْ فِ
Transliteration: falyahthari allatheena yukhalifoona AAan amrihi an
tuseebahum fitnatun aw yuseebahum AAathabun aleemun
Then he said: “Do you know what the Fitnah is? It is polytheism. If he
refused some of the sayings of the Messenger of Allah, some delusion
may get in his heart and cause his destruction.”
Also, Al-Bayhaqi reported that Mujahid Ibn Jabr, the glorious follower,
said about the saying of Allah Almighty: {(And) if you differ in anything
amongst yourselves, refer it to Allâh and His Messenger (prayers and
peace of Allah be upon him)} [An-Nisa’ 4:59],
تَنَازَعْتُمْ شَيْءٍ ف�َرُدُّوهُ إِلَى اللَّهِ وَالرَّسُولِ{ النساء: 59 � }فَإِنْ
Transliteration: fain tanazaAAtum fee shayin faruddoohu ila Allahi
waalrrasooli
referring it to Allah means referring it to His Book and referring it to
the Messenger means referring it to the Sunnah.
And Al-Bayhaqi reported that Az-Zuhri (may Allah mercy him) said:
“The earlier scholars used to say that holding fast to the Sunnah is safety.”
Muwafaq Ad-Din Ibn Qudama (may Allah mercy him) said in his book
Rawdat An-Nadher Fi Bayan Usul Al-Ahkam: “The second basis of
evidences is the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (prayers and peace of
Allah be upon him); the saying of the Messenger of Allah (prayers and
peace of Allah be upon him) is a proof because the miracle proofed his
truthfulness and Allah ordered that he should be obeyed and warned
against violating his order.” Also, Ibn Kathir, the memorizer, said in  the explanation of the saying of Allah almighty: {And let those who
oppose the Messenger’s (Muhammad, prayers and peace of Allah be
upon him) commandment (i.e. his Sunnah - legal ways, orders, acts of
worship, statements) (among the sects) beware, lest some Fitnah should
befall them or a painful torment be inflicted on them} [An-Nur 24:63].
تْنَةٌ أَوْ يُصِيب�َهُمْ عَذَابٌ أَلِيمٌ{ النور: 63 � } ف�َلْيَحْذَرِ الَّذِينَ يُخَالِفُونَ عَنْ أَمْرِهِ أَنْ تُصِيب�َهُمْ فِ
Transliteration: falyahthari allatheena yukhalifoona AAan amrihi an
tuseebahum fitnatun aw yuseebahum AAathabun aleemun
It refers to the order of the Messenger of Allah (prayers and peace of
Allah be upon him) which is his way and Sunnah and Sharia; therefore,
the sayings and actions should be judged by his sayings and actions.
Whatever is compatible with them should be accepted and whatever is
not compatible with them should be rejected, regardless of the identity
of who said it or done it.
It is reported in the two Sahihs and other books that the Messenger of
Allah (prayers and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “He who did any
act not in accordance to our way, is (deemed) rejected.
رواه البخاري ومسلم » من عمل عملا ليس عليه أمرنا فهو رد «
Also, Imam Muslim reported on the authority of Abu Hurayra that
the Messenger of Allah (prayers and peace of Allah be upon him) said:
“The likeness of me and you is as the likeness of one who kindled a fire;
then, when it lighted all around him, the butterflies and those insects
which are attracted to the fire began to fall in it, and he continued to
prevent them but they passed him and fell in it. This is the likeness of
me and you, I try to prevent you from falling in the hellfire but you pass
me and fall in it.” مثلي ومثلكم كمثل رجل استوقد ناراً فلما أضاءت ما حولها جعل الفراش وهذه الدواب اللائي يقعن في النار «
يقعن فيها وجعل يحجزهن ويغلبنه فيقتحمن فيها قال فذلك مثلي ومثلكم أنا آخذ بحجزكم عن النار هلم عن
رواه مسلم » النار فتغلبوني وتقتحمون فيها
As-Seyuty (may Allah mercy him) said in his message ‘Muftah Al-Jannah
Fi Al-Ihtijaj bi As-Sunnah’: “You (may Allah mercy you) should know
that he who denies that the Hadith of the Prophet (prayers and peace
of Allah be upon him), whether it is saying or action has its known
conditions in the methodology, is a proof, he would become infidel and
get out the course of Islam and will be resurrected with the Jews and
Christians or whatever sect of the infidels he likes.” Actually, there are
many sayings for the companions and the followers and their successor
scholars indicate glorifying the Sunnah, the obligation of applying it
and warning against violating it. And I hope that the previous verses,
Ahadith and sayings be sufficient and convincing to whoever seeks the
right. And we ask Allah to facilitate to us, and to all Muslims, whatever
pleases Him and we ask Him to save us from the causes of His wrath
and we ask Him to guide us all to His right path; indeed He is All-
Hearer, Most-Near.
And prayers and peace of Allah be upon His servant and Messenger,
our prophet Muhammad, and his family and companions and whoever
followed them righteously.

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