"AL-Eti'daal" Weekly Article-Issue 39

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"AL-Eti'daal" Weekly Article-Issue 39
20 Jumadul Ula 1435/22 March 2014

It is also noteworthy that there are numerous Ahaadeeth wherein the exhortation to follow the pious ancestors is stressed.

Sayyidina Erbaaz bin Saariyah (Radiallahu anhu) reports: "One day Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) led us in Fajr Salaah and afterwards, facing us, delivered a sermon most eloquent and touching, that tears rolled from our eyes and hearts trembled with fear. A man said to him: “0 Messenger of Allah, it seems as if this is a farewell sermon. Give us further advice.”

Then Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “I advise you to fear Allah and to obey the ruler even though he may be a negro slave. Whosoever lives on after me will certainly see much dissension. So hold onto my Sunnah and the Sunnah of the rightly-guided Khulafaa. Hold fast onto it; hold onto it with your teeth. I advise you against following the new innovations in Deen for every new thing is a bid-ah and every bida't is deviation.” (Ahmed, Abu Dawood, Tirmidhy, Ibn Majah, Mishkat)

Hazrat Umar bin Abdul Aziz (Radiallahu anhu) wrote a very important letter regarding the observance of the Sunnah and the following of the example of the Sahabah (Radiallahu anhum). This letter which is quoted in Abu Dawood's Saheeh is of such importance that each and every word of it should be carefully taken into consideration. Among other things he wrote therein:

“Failure to follow them is a great fault and to exceed their example is merely to tire yourself A certain group failed to follow them and thus committed injustice and another exceeded their example and thus transgressed. The holy Sahabah (Radiallahu anhum) are on a path of guidance between these extremes.”

It is reported from this very same Umar bin Abdul Aziz (Radiallahu anhu) that he said: “Taking hold of the road laid down by Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallarn) and his successors after him is to confirm belief in the Book of Allah and to give obedience to Him and in this lies the strength of the Deen. None has any right to bring about any changes therein or to modify and the opinions of anyone who opposes anything therein is of no sequence and unworthy of consideration. Whosoever follows their path, is rightly guided. Whosoever acquires help from them, is successful. Whosoever acts contrary to them and adopts a way besides that of the believers, Allah will not allow him to act according to his adopted way and will cast him into hell. That is indeed a very bad place of refuge.” (Shifa)

May Allah grant us the ability to follow every footstep of these saintly predecessors! Ameen!

That is not a hard thing for Allah. (XXXVvJ7)

Al-Etidaal Fe Maraatibur-Rijaal” by Sheikh-ul-Hadith, Hazrat Maulana Muhammad Zakariya Kandhalwi R.A, Page 202-203 - Published by Darul Uloom Zakariyya.) To be continued Insha-Allah.

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