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Is Clinging To The Way Of The Salaf, Was From The Manhaj 0f The Salaf ! ?

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ

فَإِنْ آمَنُوا بِمِثْلِ مَا آمَنتُم بِهِ فَقَدِ اهْتَدَوا ۖ وَّإِن تَوَلَّوْا فَإِنَّمَا هُمْ فِي شِقَاقٍ ۖ

So if they believe in the like of that which you believe, then they are rightly guided, but if they turn away, then they are only in opposition.. 2:137

[Is] Clinging To The Way Of The Salaf,

Was From The Manhaj Of The Salaf ! [?]


All praise is for Allaah, Lord of all the Worlds, who ordered us to follow His Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and to call to His Way, and may Allaah send praises and blessings of peace upon our Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), and upon his family, his Companions, and those who truly follow them until the Day of Judgment.

Upon the Authority of Abdullah Ibn Mas’ood – (radhiyAllaahu‘anhu) who said : “Indeed we follow (i.e. the prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam and those who preceded us) and we don’t initiate, we imitate (i.e. the prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam and those who preceded us) and we don’t innovate, and we will never go astray as long as we hold on to that which they have left“

[Collected by Imaamud Daarimi – (rahimahullaah)  in his ‘Sunan/Musnad’ (205) and Imaam Ibn Nasr – (rahimahullaah)  in ‘As Sunnah’ (28) and Imaam At Tabaraani – (rahimahullaah) in ‘Mu’jamul Kabeer’ 8770]

Upon the Authority of Ubai Ibn Ka’b – (radhiyAllaahu‘anhu) who said : “Cling to the Sabeel [The Path] and the Sunnah for indeed there is no servant upon the Sabeel (Path) and the Sunnah who remembers Allaah and his eyes shed tears due to fear of Allaah, that will ever enter the fire. Certainly moderation upon the Sunnah and that which is good, is better than striving (hard) in opposition to the Sabeel (Path) and the Sunnah“

[Collected by Imaam Al Lalakaa’ee – (rahimahullaah)  (1/87) and Imaam Al Khateeb – (rahimahullaah) in ‘Al Faqeeh wal Mutafaqih’ (1/147)]

[Let’s] Look how here Ubai Ibn Ka’b – (radhiyAllaahu‘anhu) used the same expression (that is as-Sabeel (the Path) and as-Sunnah (the Sunnah) that Ibn Abbaas – (radhiyAllaahu‘anhu) used in his tafseer of the word ‘Minhaaj’ in the statement of Allaah :

{ لِكُلٍّ جَعَلْنَا مِنْكُمْ شِرْعَةً وَمِنْهَاجًا }

“..To each (nation) among you we prescribed a law and a ‘Minhaaj’..”(5:48)

Indicating they understood what ‘manhaj’ was and the importance of clinging to it.

Upon the authority of Uthmaan Ibn Haadhir Al Azdi – (radhiyAllaahu‘anhu) who said : I entered upon Ibn Abbaas – (radhiyAllaahu‘anhu) – and said : “Advise me” so he said : ”Remain Upright, Follow and do not Innovate, Follow the narrations of the first generation and do not innovate“

[Collected by Imaam Ibn Nasr – (rahimahullaah)  in ‘As Sunnah’ (29) and by Imaam Ibn Battah – (rahimahullaah)
in ‘Al Ibaanatul Kubraa (157,158,200)]

Imaam Muhammad Ibn Seereen– (rahimahullaah) said : “They used to say, If a man is upon (following) the narrations (i.e. of the Salaf) then he is upon the path“ [i.e. the correct Path]

[Collected by Imaamud Daarimi – (rahimahullaah) (140, 141) and Imaam Al Khalaal – (rahimahullaah) in ‘As Sunnah’ (1102)]

Imaam Abul ‘Aaliyah – (rahimahullaah) said : “Cling to the first affair that they (i.e the Salaf) were upon before they (the Muslims) began to split (i.e. into groups and sects)

[Collected by Imaam Abu Nu’aym – (rahimahullaah) in ‘Al Hilyah (2/218) and Imaam Al Marwazi – (rahimahullaah) in ‘As Sunnah’ (26)]

Imaamul Auzaa’ie– (rahimahullaah) mentioned : “Cling to the Narrations of those who have passed, even if the people reject you, and be aware of the opinions of people, even if they are beautified with speech. For certainly the affairs will become clear and you will find yourself upon a straight path.“

[Collected by Imaam Adh Dhahabee – (rahimahullaah) in siyar ‘Alaamun Nubalaa (7/120)]

Imaam Ahmad – (rahimahullaah) mentioned : “The foundations of the Sunnah as far as we are concerning are : To cling to that which the companions of the Messenger – sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam were upon, and to follow them and to leave innovation“

[Usoolus Sunnah of Imaam Ahmad – (rahimahullaah) p25-27 Maktabah Ibn Taimiyah print]

Al Imaamul Aajurri – (rahimahullaah) mentions in ‘As Shari’ah’ 1/301 : “The sign of one who Allaah wants good for, is that he follows this path : the book of Allaah The Sunan of the messenger of Allaah, and the Sunnah of his companions and those who follow them upon goodness. Likewise that which the Imaams of the Muslims were upon from every land to the another, those who are from the Ulamaa, the likes of Al Awzaa’ie, Sufyaan Ath Thowri, Maalik ibn Anas, Ash Shaafiee’, Ahmad Ibn Hanbal, Al Qaasim bin Salaam and those who are upon their path and staying away from every path these Ulamaa have dispraised“

And that continues to be the case till this very day.

[*] The term ‘Manhaj’ (also minhaaj, translated Methodology) is the clear-cut path laid down for the Muslim, by way of which one understands all aspects of the religion and implements them, not in accordance with his own understanding, but in accordance with this pristine crystal clear methodology. Thus the methodology is a path that is followed in the implementation and understanding of all aspects of the religion, the framework by way of which we approach applying the deen.

Note : the above content is from one of the post on the blog http://ah-sp.com/ of Brother Abu Hakeem Bilal Davis [hafidhahullaah], myself [Abu Mariyah] have adapted it a little over here.

Who is Abu Hakeem Bilal Davis [hafidhahullaah]?

Abu Hakeem Bilal Davis is our beloved and noble elder Brother in Salafiyyah, who studies at the Islamic University of Madeenah and is known to the scholars for his efforts in calling to Salafiyyah, specially in the west.

Shaykh Ubaid al-Jaabiree [hafidhahullaah] said : “To whom it may concern & Indeed Bilal Abu Hakeem is known to us for having good character and mannerism and being upon uprightness upon the Sunnah

Shaykh Muhammed Ibn Haadi Al Madkhali [hafidhahullaah] said : “Indeed our brother for the sake of Allah Bilal Abu Hakeem is from the brothers that I have known from Britain and I have likewise taught him in his third year of study in the Faculty of Hadeeth in the Islamic University. He is a student of Knowledge who has good character and religion and he is from those who deserve to be aided” and Shaykh Abdur-Razaaq Bin Abdul-Muhsin Al-Badr [hafidhahullaah] said : ” Indeed the brother Bilal Abu Hakeem is from those who I taught in his second year in the Faculty of Hadeeth and I see he is deserved of being helped”

lastly, when the following question was posed to the Shaykh al-‘Allaamah Rabee’ Ibn Haadee al-Madkhalee[hafidhahullaah, the bearer of the Flag of al-Jarh wat-Ta’deel in this era] : “O Shaykh, as you are aware, there are no scholars in Britain, but is there anyone residing there that you advise us with, who can connect us to the people of knowledge?” The Shaykh, (hafidahullaah may Allaah preserve him) mentioned : Our Brother Hasan As-Somali (who was present in the gathering), Abu Khadeejah And His Companion [Abu Hakeem].

You can find beneficial brief articles onhis blog http://ah-sp.com/“. Abu Hakeem Bilal Davis [hafidhahullaah] can be followed on twitter @AbuHakeemBilal

O Allaah! Show us the truth as truth so that we may follow it, and show us falsehood as falsehood, so that we may abstain from it. Ameen.

Baarak-Allaahu Feekum, wa sal-Allaahu wa sallam ‘alaa Nabiyyinaa Muhammad

was-Salaam ‘Alaykum wa-Rahmatullaahe wa Barakaatuhu.

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وَمَن يُشَاقِقِ الرَّسُولَ مِن بَعْدِ مَا تَبَيَّنَ لَهُ الْهُدَىٰ وَيَتَّبِعْ غَيْرَ سَبِيلِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ نُوَلِّهِ مَا تَوَلَّىٰ وَنُصْلِهِ جَهَنَّمَ ۖ وَسَاءَتْ مَصِيرًا

And whosoever contradicts and opposes the Messenger Muhammad (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) after the right path has been shown clearly to him, and follow other than the believers way, We shall keep him in the path he has chosen, and burn him in the hell – what an evil destination (4 : 115)

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