"AL-Eti'daal" Weekly Article-Issue 35

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"AL-Eti'daal" Weekly Article-Issue 35
30  Rabiul Awwal 1435 / 01 February 2014

One of the most well-known Tabi'ees and one of the greats among the Ulama, Imam Zuhri (Rahmatullah Alayh) said: “I have heard the Ulama before (the Sahabah Radiallahu anhum) saying: “In holding onto the Sunnah scrupulously is salvation. Knowledge is to disappear soon. The continued existence of the Deen and the world depends upon the power of knowledge and their destruction lies in the loss of knowledge.”

Another Tabiee Abdullah Daylami (Rahmatullah Alayh) says: “From the saintly elders the saying has reached me that the disappearance of Deen from the world commences with the omission of the Sunnat. One by one the Sunnats will be discarded just like the coils of rope is removed one by one.” (Daramy)

Sayyidina Saeed bin Jubayr (Radiallahu anhu) once quoted a certain Hadeeth. One of those listening to him pointed out that the Hadeeth contradicted a certain Quranic verse. Saeed (Radiallahu anhu) said to him: “I relate to you a saying of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) and you oppose it with a Quranic verse! You should remember that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) had the best of knowledge of the meaning of the Qur'an.” (Darmy)

What is meant here is this: Very often the Quranic verses tends to be concise and the Hadeeth is the explanation thereof. Hence one should not hasten to pass verdicts of the Hadeeth being a contradiction of certain Quranic verses. Thought and reflection is required. And if, even after thought there still seems to be some form of contradiction, one should investigate whether that verse is abrogated or not. We agree that Hadeeth is not of the same rank as the verses of the Qur'an. But this is only because of there being less heavier proof of its really having been authentically proven to have been said by Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) (according to the rules of reporting and transmitting).

Apart from that, disobedience to Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) is as important as is disobedience to Allah Ta'aala.

Allah Ta'aala says in the Holy Qur'an:

“And whosoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger and transgresses the limits set by Him, He will cause to enter into a fire abiding therein forever and for him shall be a shameful punishment.” (4.14)

“On that day those who disbelieved and disobeyed Allah and the Messenger will wish that they were level with the earth (that they may be saved from disgrace). But they will not be able to hide anything from Allah.” (IV v 14)

“And we have not sent any Messenger except that they be obeyed with Allah's permission.” (4. 64)

In another place the Qur'an states:

“And whosoever obeys the Messenger obeys Allah. And whosoever turns away (will suffer its consequences. So be not grieved) We have not sent you ( 0 Muhammad) as a warder over them (as your work is only to explain). (4. 80)

Al-Etidaal Fe Maraatibur-Rijaal” by Sheikh-ul-Hadith, Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya Kandhalwi R.A, Page 176-177 - Published by Darul Uloom Zakariyya.) To be continued Insha-Allah.

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