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Religion is not something left to the intellect and opinions of men

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Imaam Al-Barbahaaree (d. 329H) (rahimahullaah), The Imaaam of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah of his time, writes in his Kitaab Sharh us-Sunnah,

May Allaah have mercy upon you. Know that the Religion is what came from Allaah, the Blessed and Most High. It is not something left to the intellect and opinions of men.

Knowledge it is what comes from Allaah and His Messenger, so do not follow anything based upon your desires and so deviate away from the Religion and leave Islaam. There will be no excuse for you since Allaah’s Messenger explained the Sunnah to his Ummah and made it clear to his Companions and they are the Jamaa’ah, and they are the Main Body (as-Sawaad ul-A’dham), and the Main Body is the truth and its followers. [1]

So he who contradicts the Companions of Allaah’s Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) in any of the affairs of the Religion, then he has fallen into disbelief. [2]

Source: Taken From “Kitaab Sharh us-Sunnah” by Abu Muhammad Al-Hasan ibn ‘Alee ibn Khalaf Al-Barbahaaree (rahimahullaah), Point 5 (Adhering to the Understanding of the Companions)

Footnotes:

1. lmaam Ahmad reports in his Musnad (4/278) with hasan isnaad narration of Nu’maan ibn Basheer: Abu Umaamah al-Baahilee, radiallaahu ‘anhu, said, “Stick to the main body (as-Sawaadul – a’dham), so a man said, “What is the ‘Main Body’? So Abu Umaamah said,’This Ayah (54) in Soorah an-Noor:

“But if you turn away,he Muhammad is oniy responsible for the duty placed on him and you for that placed on you.”

Ibn Mas’ood, radiallahu ‘anhu, said,”The Jamaa’ah is what conforms to the truth, even if you are alone.” Reported by Ibn’Asaakir in Taareekh Dimashq with a saheeh isnaad as pointed out by Shaikh al-Albaanee in al-Mishkaat (1/61).

2. Allaah, the Most High, did not only warn against opposing His Messenger sallallahu alaihiwasallam, but also warned against the following of any way other than that of the first Believers: the Companions, radiallaahu ‘anhum, amongst whom the Qur’aan was sent down and who learned directly from the Messenger sallallahu alaihiwasallam. Allaah, the Most High says:

If anyone contends with the Messenger even after guidance has been plainly conveyed to him and follows a path other than that of the Believers (i.e. the Companions), We shall leave him in the path he has chosen and land him in Hell. What an evil refuge! (Surah an-Nisaa’ (4):115)

So he who totally abondons their way and instead follows the way of the devils, like the extreme Raafidess, Baatinees and the extreme Soofees who worship others besides Allaah, then he has left the religion.

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15/06/2012 at 11:26 AM

The Salaf’s Manhaj with respect to the Innovators

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The Scholars of the Salaf detest argumentation with the People of Innovation and sitting with them. In fact they forbade even the mentioning and quotation of their doubts and explaining them to the people and this was due to their fear of the weakness (if the one who quotes it, his incapability to refute it and render it futile the and as a result of which, he is put to trial by it after he had heard or read it.

In this there is a defense for the hearts of the Muslims and a protection for their minds and thoughts. This is an addition to it also being a means of humiliating the Innovators and a barrier against their opinions and their arrogation in not using the books of the Salaf for evaluating their deviant Opinions.

Among the narrations from the Salaf which make their methodology (with respect to the Innovators) clear are:

The saying of Sufyaan ath-Thawree (d. 161H), “Whoever hears an innovation, let him not inform his companions with it (so) that he does not throw it into their hearts (i.e., they become affected by it).” [Sharhus-Sunnah of al-Baghawee, 1/227]

Ayyoob as-Sakhtiyaanee said (d. 131H), “You will not refute them with anything more severe than silence (i.e., do not argue with them).” [Al-Ibanah of Ibn-Battah, 2/365-366]

‘Abdullaah ibn as-Sariyy said, “It is not the Sunnah with us, that the People of Desires should be argued with, but the Sunnah with us, is that we did not talk to a single one of them.” [Al-Ibanah of Ibn-Battah, 2/365-366]

Ma’mmar said, “The son of Taawoos (d. 104H) was sitting and a man from the Mu’tazilah came and began to speak. Taawoos placed his fingers in his ears and said, ‘0 my son! Place your fingers in your ears so that you do not hear anything of what he says, for this heart is weak (i.e., his son’s.)’ Then he said, ‘0 my son! Press you fingers harder, harder.’ And he never stopped saying, ‘Harder, until the man-stood and left.” [Reported by al-Laalikaa’ee in Sharh Usoolul-I’tiqaad, no. 248 with a different wording.]

This then, is the methodology of the Salaf in the affirmation and preservation of their ‘aqeedah and this will become clear to the one who looks into their books, from the earliest to the later times.

[Source: Taken from Imaam Ahmad ibn Hanbal (rahimahullaah)’s, ‘Usool us-sunnah’ Chapter 9]

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13/06/2012 at 9:00 PM

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