Holding Tightly To The Sunnah


Shurayh al-Qaadee (d.80H) said:

“Verily, the Sunnah has preceded your qiyaas (analogical deduction), so follow and do not innovate.”

[Related by ad-Daarimee (1/66) and by al-Baghawee in Sharhus-Sunnah (1/216).]

Ibraaheem al-Harbee said, ‘I heard Ahmad (Ahmad Ibn Hanbal) say,

‘If you love that Allaah should keep you upon that which you love, then remain upon that which He loves, and the good is in the one who sees no good in himself.”

[al-Aadaabush-Sharee’ah (2/31) by Ibn Muflih]

’Abdullaah Ibn Mas’ood (radiyallaahu ’anhumaa) said:

“Let not one of you blindly follow a man in his Religion, if he believes, he believes, and if he disbelieves, he disbelieves. If it is a must that you follow someone then let it be the dead, for indeed the living is not safe from fitnah.”

[Sharh Usoolul-I’tiqaad (1/130) of al-Laalikaa‘ee]

‘Uthmaan Ibn Haadir said:

“I said to ’Abdullaah Ibn ’Abbaas, ‘Advise me.’

He said, ‘It is upon you to be upright, and follow the first affair (the way of the Prophet and his Companions), and do not innovate.’ “

[al-Ibaanah (1/319) by Ibn Battah]

Stated Imaam Aboo ’Amr ’Abdur-Rahmaan Ibn ’Amr al-Awzaa’ee (d.179H):

“Stick to the aathaar of those who have preceded (man salaf), even if the people reject you. And beware of the opinions of men, even if they beautify it for you with speech. So the affair is young and you are upon a Straight Path with regards to it.”

Saheeh: Related by al-Bayhaqee in al-Madkhal (no. 233), al-Khateeb in Sharaf Ashaabul-Hadeeth (no. 6), Ibn ’Abdul-Barr in al-Jaami’ (1/170), by way of al-’Abbaas Ibnul-Waleed from his father.

‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab (radhi-yallaahu ‘anhu) said:

“There is no excuse for anyone going astray thinking that he is upon guidance. Nor for abandoning guidance thinking it to be misguidance, since the affairs have been made clear, the proof established and the excuse cut off.”

Reported by Ibn Battah in “al-lbaantul-Kubraa” (no. 162) by way of al-Awzaa’ee that it reached him that ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab (radhi-yallaahu ‘anhu) said it. However, its chain is munqati’ (disconnected)

‘Umar ibn ‘Abdul-‘Azeez said:

“There is no excuse for anyone, after the Sunnah, to be misguided upon error which he thought was guidance.”

[as-Sunnah (no.95) of al-Marwazee]

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