“Whoever Criticises The Companions, Even A Single One Of Them, Is A …”


Ibn ‘Abbaas and Ibn ‘Umar reported that the Prophet (saw) said:

Whoever abuses my Companions, upon them is the curse of Allaah, the angles and the people.

[At-Tabaranee, declared hasan by Shaykh Al-Albaanee in As-Saheehah, 2340]

Imaam Ahmad said:

“If you see anyone speaking ill of the Companions of the Messenger of Allaah (saw), doubt his Islaam.”

[Al-Laalikaa’ee in As-Sunnah, 2359]

Imaam Al-Barbahaaree (d. 329H) said in his Sharh As-Sunnah:

“If you see a man criticising the Companions of the Messenger of Allaah (saw), know that he is a person of wicked speech and desires, since the Messenger of Allaah said, ‘When my Companions are mentioned then withhold.‘ “

[At-Tabaraanee from Ibn Mas’ood, and it is saheeh. See Silsilatul Ahaadeethis Saheehah no. 34]

Ibn Al-Qayyim quotes Harb, the companion of Imaam Ahmad as saying (after listing a list of Imaams and Shaykhs from Ahlu Sunnah and mentioning what their ‘aqeedah was):

“And (their ‘aqeedah is) the mentioning of the good qualities and deeds of the  Companions of the Messenger of Allaah (saw) and refraining from mentioning their shortcomings and mistakes, those which occurred between them.

Whoever reviles the Companions of the Messenger of Allaah, or a single one amongst them, or reduces [their worth and status] or insults them, or ‘exposes’ their ‘faults’ or criticises a single one amongst them, then he is a mubtadi’ [innovator], a raafidee [extreme shee’ah], a khabeeth [vile and repugnant] and a mukhaalif [opposer] and Allaah will not accept from him any of his efforts nor his fair dealings.

Rather loving them is sunnah, supplicating for them is nearness (to Alaah), taking them as a model for guidance is a means (of nearness to Allaah) and accepting and taking from their narrations is an excellence.”

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