The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “All of my ummah will enter Paradise except those who refuse.” It was said: O Messenger of Allaah, who refuses? He said: “Those who obey me will enter Paradise, and those who disobey me have refused.” قال النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم: (كل أمتي يدخلون الجنة إلا من أبى، قيل: يا رسول الله! ومن يأبى؟ قال: من أطاعني دخل الجنة، ومن عصاني فقد أبى).

“Don’t worry about it, it’s just a Sunnah”. Does this statement sound familiar?” Anyone who says this is ignorant of the meaning of the Sunnah; which makes up more than half of Islam.  Literarily it means a “part” or “way” but in shariah; The Sunnah is the authenticated sayings, deeds & silent approvals of Prophet Muhammad (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam), it is a unique part of the divine revelation & one of the primary sources of Islamic legislation. It was attributed by al-Haafiz in al-Fath (13/291) to al-Bayhaqi, and he said: With a saheeh isnaad. The importance of the Sunnah is first of all that it explains the Book of Allaah and is a commentary on it, then it adds some rulings to those in the Book of Allaah. It is the definitive explanation of the Quran & the ultimate normative practical expression of Islam. There can be no true understanding of how to implement Islam without the Sunnah. The above is the TRUE definition of Sunnah. Some incompetent so called “Muslim scholars” have confused the masses by incorrectly defining the “Sunnah” as a matter of choice, recommended but not required. The FALSE definition of Sunnah is the sayings, deeds & silent approvals of Prophet Muhammad (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) which one may optionally choose to do or ABANDON Bcos it’s just a sunnah.   Is there a difference between the words “hadeeth” and “Sunnah”?

The Prophet’s Sunnah was preserved in what is known as the hadeeth literature for the preservation of Islam in its pristine form. For hadith rejecters & belittlers of the Sunnah, tap link for mind-blowing proofs of Allah’s Preservation of the Sunnah.

It must be firmly established in the mind & heart of every Muslim that the Sunnah is one of the two parts of divine Revelation that were revealed to the Messenger of Allaah (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam). The other part of the Revelation (Wahy) is the Qur’aan.

Allaah says: “Nor does he speak of (his own) desire. It is only a Revelation revealed”[Q53:3-4]. Al-Miqdaam ibn Ma’di Yakrib : Messenger of Allaah (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said:

“Verily I have been given the Qur’aan and something similar to it along with it. But soon there will be a time when a man will be reclining on his couch with a full stomach, and he will say, ‘You should adhere to this Qur’aan: what you find that it says is permissible, take it as permissible, and what you find it says is forbidden, take it as forbidden.’ But indeed, whatever the Messenger of Allaah forbids is like what Allaah forbids.” Al-Tirmidhi (Saheehah).This is what was understood by the righteous predecessors. Hassaan ibn ‘Atiyah said in al-Kifaayah by al-Khateeb (12): Jibreel used to bring the sunnah down to the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) as he used to bring the Qur’aan down to him. “And We have also sent down unto you (O Muhammad) the Dhikr (i.e. the Qur’aan)], that you may explain clearly to men what is sent down to them, and that they may give thought” [al-Nahl 16:44].Ibn ‘Abd al-Barr said in Jaami’ Bayaan al-‘Ilm wa Fadlihi (2/190): The commentary of the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) on the Qur’aan is of two types:

1 – Explaining things that are mentioned in general terms in the Qur’aan, such as the five daily prayers, their times, prostration, bowing and all other rulings.

2 – Adding rulings to the rulings of the Qur’aan, such as the prohibition on being married to a woman and to her paternal or maternal aunt at the same time. Tap links for further proofs that the sahih sunnah is revelation “wahy” from Allah & it is a primary source of Islamic legislation. See detailed proofs here

Once it is established that the Sunnah is part of the divine revelation & a primary source of Islamic legislation, it is essential to note that there is only one difference between it & the Qur’aan, which is that the Qur’aan is the verbatim word of Allaah, revealed to the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam), whereas the Sunnah may not be the verbatim words of Allaah, rather it is only His Revelation, so it needs not necessarily come to us verbatim, but the meaning of it comes to us. The point in transmission of the Sunnah is to convey the meanings, not the exact same words that were uttered by the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam). Allaah preserves the words of the Qur’aan in full/verbatim, and He preserves the general meanings of the Sunnah, and that which explains the Book of Allaah, not the exact words & phrases. Proofs of Allah’s preservation of the Sunnah & Differences between the Quran & Hadith Qudsi

The scholars of this Ummah throughout the early centuries strove to preserve the sharee’ah & the Sunnah. They have transmitted to us the words of the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) as he said them, and they distinguished between the reports that were right & wrong, true & false. An example that readily comes to mind is the hadith of the housefly. “If a housefly falls in the drink of anyone of you, he should dip it (in the drink), for one of its wings has a disease and the other has the cure for the disease.” (Al-Bukhari). It proves the reliability & precision of the science of hadith & of Isnad that the scholars of this ummah follow to ensure preservation of authentic Sunnah. If the collection & authentication process had been based on random selection, common sense or mere affiliation to some people or scholars this hadith would have been thrown out of the window unceremoniously because it did not make sense 14 centuries ago & it seems to contradict the basic rule of hygiene on face value. However, because the authenticated hadiths of the prophet is a revelation from Allah it always made sense even before medical science came to the realization of the truth of this hadith. Tap links for further proof

“He does not speak from his desire; it is nothing except revelation revealed to him” (53:3-4).   Allah says: “He who obeys the Messenger has indeed obeyed Allah . . .” [4:80] [8:24]

”But no, by your Lord, they can have no Faith, until they make you [Muhammad] judge in all disputes between them, & find in themselves no resistance against your decisions, & accept (them) with full submission.” [4:65].”.”…So take what the messenger assigns to you & abstain from that which he forbids you …” (59:7).”If you do love Allah, Follow me: Allah will love you & forgive you your sins …” (3:31).

“. . . And let those who oppose the Messenger’s commandment beware, lest some fitnah (trial, affliction, etc.) befall them or a painful torment be inflicted on them.” [24:63]

“. . . And if you differ in anything amongst yourselves, refer it to Allah & His Messenger. [4:59]. “Certainly you have in the Messenger of Allah an excellent example for him who hopes in Allah and the Last Day’, & remembers Allah much”.Q33: 21.

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