at-Tazkirah: التذكرة

“And keep reminding, because reminding benefits the believers.” (51:55)

Sunnah’s Urgent Importance


“Whatever the Messenger gives you, then grasp it (implement it) and whatever he prohibits you then stay away from it.” (59:7)
“Say (Oh Muhammad (Salla Allahu alayhi wa salam) if you love Allah follow me, then Allah will love you and forgive your sins.” (3:31)
“Indeed in the messenger of Allah is a beautiful lifestyle for you, if you have hope for (meeting) Allah and for the last day.” (33:21)

“One must affirm that there can be absolutely no doubt in the fact that each and every Sunnah of our beloved Nabi Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is considered supreme and well worthy of emulation by a true believer of and follower of his esteemed lifestyle. In fact a true lover of Nabi Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam would be prepared to give his life for the practical preservation of even one Sunnah. A true Ummati of Nabi Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is one who endeavors to emulate every Sunnah, whether it is connected to the Ibaadat (worship) of Nabi Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam or his habit or lifestyle (the manner of his eating, walking, dressing etc.)

In conclusion let us understand that complete success lies in following and emulating every aspect of the blessed lifestyle of our beloved Nabi Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. The Sahaba Radhiallahu anhum understood this. Therefore their emulation knew no bounds. The eating, drinking, sleeping and dressing of Nabi Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam became theirs. Let us also follow in their footsteps. May Allah Ta’âla grant the entire Ummat the ability to revive all the Sunnah practices of Nabi Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. (Âmîn)”, writes Shaikh-ul-Hadith Hadhrat Moulana Fadhl-ur-Rahman Sahab (r.a.).

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Hadhrat Junayd al-Baghdadi (r.a.) said:
“All avenues to obtaining the pleasure of Allah (wusul) that were rationally possible, have been closed to the creation except following the Aathaar (narrations) of Rasulullah (Sallalahu alyhi wa Sallam). Without following Rasulullah no one can gain closeness (Qurb) of Allah and the one who claims to have done so, is a liar” (Madarij pg464 vol 1)

Hadhrat Zunnoon al- Misri (r.a.) said:
“The sign of Haq Ta’ala’s love is that His Habib (most beloved – Sallalahu alyhi wa Sallam) be followed in manners and acts and in every order and practice.” (Risaalat ul Qasheeriyah pg.9)

Hadhrat Abu Yazeed al-Bistaami (r.a.) said:
“For thirty years I made exertions (Mujahidaat – for the purification of self) but I found no exertion greater than that of gaining and acting upon Knowledge. And “Acting upon knowledge” (ittiba’ ul ‘ilm) is the name of acting upon only the Sunnah”

All three narrations above have been taken from Hikaayaat-ul-Awliyaa. Imam Malik (Rahimullah Ta’ala), one of the greatest Islam scholars, compared the Sunnah of the prophet to the ark of Nuh (Alayhis Salam) and said,

“The Sunnah of the Prophet Mohammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) is like the Ark of Nuh. Whoever embarks upon it reaches salvation and whoever refuses is drowned.”

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9 Responses

  1. zulfaqar says:

    The idea of following the Prophets example in every way has to pit falls. The first pitfall is that the Prophets actions and sayings are a result of the time and circumstances in which he lived. We need to as Muslims be able to adapt his teachings to our time and our situations. So we can not simply dispense with proper interpretation of the hadith. Secondly and probably more importantly the hadith can not be taken as without flaw. The books of hadith contain examples of hadith that seem to contradict the Quran or even another hadith. The Quran is the only book Allah has garunteed to remain without error. The hadith are and have been prone to modification and corruption. So I would advise that all Muslims should examine the hadith carefully before simply accepting it as absolute truth to applied in todays world.

  2. True Life says:

    Salamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah

    First of all Hadith doesn’t automaticly mean Sunnah and vice versa. Of course there are weak and corrupted Ahadith, but the Ulama Ikram have done a great job over 10 hundred of years to sort them out.

    If you were trying to say that Sunnah is useless, then read the quoted Qur’an ayaats at the beginning of the verse again. You said yourself the Qur’an is free from errors and itself tells us Muslims to follow Muhammad (s.a.w.) and his lifestyle.

    Here you can find out more about the Authority of Sunnah.

    Jazak’Allah khair for contributing to this Blog.

    Was Salam

  3. zulfaqar says:

    salam,

    I was not implying that the Sunnah or Hadith are useless. No I am simply stating that for to many Muslims Islam seems to be interpreted in light of the Sunnah and Hadith and not in light of what the Quran says. I have been to far to many khutbas that quote hadith almost exclusively with little or no refrence to the Quran for validation or corroboration. I think the problem I have is in a statment you made “Ulama Ikram have done a great job over 10 hundred of years to sort them out”. We can not know the motivations or biases that went to the selection and substantiation these Ulama have given to certian hadith. So what I am saying is that lets not accept the word of another person (who may or may not have made mistakes) but lets look to the Quran to ensure that the Sunnah/hadith we emulate/embrace are in accordance with what Allah expects of us. My reason for cynisim is that I see in the Muslim world actions and attitudes that are justified as having a basis with Sunnah/Hadith but have no basis in the Quran. When looking closely at such action one can even find that these actions are hold overs from corupt cultural attitudes that have lingered becuase the Haith/Sunnah and the Quran were not interpreted in light of the times and circumstances of their revelation. I think what needs to happen is a fresh look at all the Hadith/Sunnah and interprations of the Quran in light of our current times. We have gained so much knowledge since those hundreds of years since the Ulama spoke. Why dont we take advantage of this knoweledge and apply it.

  4. True Life says:

    Salamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah

    So, you’re saying that the interpretations of Qur’an and Ahadith should be re-formed to fit the circumstances of our time right now?

    I disagree, because I’m convinced that if we apply Muhammad (s.a.w.)’s Sunnah in our life just like the Sahabah Ikram and the following two generations did, then just like it meant for them success in this life and the hereafter it would be ours in both as well.

    Today we are afraid of going to a job interview in sunnah or with beard, but at the same time we forget that Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala is the real sustainer & Raziq and that he won’t give us misfortune in this world because we are trying to follow his Habib.

    It’s just that our Yaqeen on the orders of Allah Ta’ala and the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet (s.a.w.) is so weak. May Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala complete our Iman.

    Was Salam

  5. Anonymous says:

    AslamoAlaykum,
    I am disagree with brother Zulfqar.
    If you have doubt about hadith and you should have doubt about quran too, because hadiths and quran came out of same person. My brother we must belive in hadiths becuase without beliving in hadiths Islam is in complete…I mean how do we know how to pray salat …simple example. Allah said in Quran to pray but did’t told us how…Muhammed ‘saw’ showed us how to pray….so you probably also have doubt about the way we pray today….May Allah guide me and you and all the humankind.
    Jazakallah khair
    AsalamoLaykum

  6. bilkish says:

    “Obey Allah and obey the messenger:but if ye turn away, then the duty of our messenger is only to convey (the message )plainly.” surah 64.12 Quran. our prophet(saw) did have a private life, its a shame most muslims made his life into a public diary, through hadith and sunnah. if you read the Quran and study it how it should be studied most muslims will realise , the are many verses reminding us that the Quran is fully detailed. Our prophet(saw) done his job which was to convey the Quran. If people during our prophet time didnt Obey the messenger the Quran would have not been written, our prophet did not know how to read or write. Quran is describing the event of that time, if the people didnt follow our prophet they would not have obey Allah. Islam was completed by Allah and his messenger. Islam is not based on thoughts and opion, follow the Quran its fully detailed as Allah said it.

  7. True Life says:

    Asalamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullah

    Please, if you don’t think that every single movement and action of our beloved Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) is worthy of following and imitation, then you’re either misguided or misinformed. Remember the Ayah of Allah Tabaraka wa Ta’ala saying that in Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) we find a perfect example (Uswatul Hassana).

    Wassalam

  8. AbdulHafeez says:

    bilkish sounds like munkir of hadis
    can you explain the verse of Quran
    “Whatever the Messenger gives you, then grasp it (implement it) and whatever he prohibits you then stay away from it.” (59:7)

  9. Abdul Wahid says:

    Salaam, zulfiqar/bilkisk you still did not answer “Anonymous” question.

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