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The Virtues of Following the Prophet
from the series Hudaa wan-Noor, published by our brothers at Masjid al-Maylam in Sabah as-Saalim, Kuwait.


Verily all praise is due to Allaah, and may peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allaah, and upon his family and Compnaions one and all. To proceed:

Know, may Allaah have mercy upon you, that Ittibaa? an-Nabee (following the Prophet ? Sallallaahu ?alayhi wasallam) is from the major causes  that bring about Allaah?s Love and Forgiveness for the servant, and the proof is His saying, Exalted is He:

 Aali Imran (3):31

Say (O Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) to mankind): "If you (really) love Allh then follow me (i.e. accept Islmic Monotheism, follow the Qur'n and the Sunnah), Allh will love you and forgive you of your sins. And Allh is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful."



And Ittibaa? of the Prophet (Sallallaahu ?alayhi wasallam) and adhering to his Sunnah is from the biggest proof's for the servant of Allaah?s truthfulness and sincerity, and the piety of his heart.  Allaah, ?Azza wa Jal, said:

 Al-Ahzab (33):21

Indeed in the Messenger of Allh (Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam)) you have a good example to follow for him who hopes in (the Meeting with) Allh and the Last Day and remembers Allh much.



And the Exalted, the Most High, said:

 Aali Imran (3):31

Say (O Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) to mankind): "If you (really) love Allh then follow me (i.e. accept Islmic Monotheism, follow the Qur'n and the Sunnah), Allh will love you and forgive you of your sins. And Allh is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful."



And obeying him (?alayhis-Salaatu was-Salaam) is an obligation, and the proof is the saying of Allaah, Sublime is He, regarding it:

 An-Nur (24):54

Say: "Obey Allh and obey the Messenger, but if you turn away, he (Messenger Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam)) is only responsible for the duty placed on him (i.e. to convey Allh's Message) and you for that placed on you. If you obey him, you shall be on the right guidance. The Messenger's duty is only to convey (the message) in a clear way (i.e. to preach in a plain way)."



And His saying:

 Al-Hashr (59):7

What Allh gave as booty (Fai') to His Messenger (Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam)) from the people of the townships, - it is for Allh, His Messenger (Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam)), the kindred (of Messenger Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam)), the orphans, AlMaskin (the poor), and the wayfarer, in order that it may not become a fortune used by the rich among you. And whatsoever the Messenger (Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam)) gives you, take it, and whatsoever he forbids you, abstain (from it), and fear Allh. Verily, Allh is Severe in punishment.



And this order and it?s foundation means that it is obligatory upon us.  And know that obeying him (?alayhis-Salaatu was-Salaam) is from the major reasons that the servant enters Jannah, and the proof for this is the saying of the Exalted, Most High:

 An-Nisa (4):13

These are the limits (set by) Allh (or ordainments as regards laws of inheritance), and whosoever obeys Allh and His Messenger (Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam)) will be admitted to Gardens under which rivers flow (in Paradise), to abide therein, and that will be the great success.



And the saying of the Exalted, Most High:

 Al-Ahzab (33):71

He will direct you to do righteous good deeds and will forgive you your sins. And whosoever obeys Allh and His Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) he has indeed achieved a great achievement (i.e. he will be saved from the Hell-fire and made to enter Paradise).



And on the authority of Abee Hurairah (Radiyallaahu ?anhu) who narrated that the Prophet (Sallallaahu ?alayhi wasallam) said:  ?All of my Ummah will enter Paradise except those who refuse.?  So it was asked:  ?And who would refuse, O Messenger of Allaah??  He said:  ?Whoever obeys me will enter Paradise and whoever disobeys me will enter the Fire (of Hell).?   [al-Bukhaaree (2780)]

And obeying him (?alayhis-Salaatu was-Salaam) is from obedience to Allaah, ?Azza wa Jal, and the evidence is the saying of the Exalted, Most High:

 An-Nisa (4):80

He who obeys the Messenger (Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam)), has indeed obeyed Allh, but he who turns away, then we have not sent you (O Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam)) as a watcher over them.



And the saying of the Messenger (?alayhis-Salaatu was-Salaam):  ?Whover obeys me has indeed obeyed Allaah and whoever disobeys me has indeed disobeyed Allaah.?    [al-Bukhaaree(2957) and Muslim (1835) and others from Aboo Hurairah. See Saheeh al-Jaami? (6044) and al-Irwaa? (394)]

And obeying him (?alayhis-Salaatu was-Salaam) is from the attributes of Eemaan.  Allaah, ?Azza wa Jal, said:

 Al-Ahzab (33):36

It is not for a believer, man or woman, when Allh and His Messenger have decreed a matter that they should have any option in their decision. And whoever disobeys Allh and His Messenger, he has indeed strayed in a plain error.



And the Mighty and Sublime said regarding this:
 An-Nur (24):51

The only saying of the faithful believers, when they are called to Allh (His Words, the Qur'n) and His Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) , to judge between them, is that they say: "We hear and we obey." And such are the prosperous ones (who will live forever in Paradise).



And obeying him (?alayhis-Salaatu was-Salaam) is from the causes for one to be raised in rank and raised in the levels of Paradise, the proof is His saying, Exalted is He:

 An-Nisa (4):69

And whoso obeys Allh and the Messenger (Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam)), then they will be in the company of those on whom Allh has bestowed His Grace, of the Prophets, the Siddiqn (those followers of the Prophets who were first and foremost to believe in them, like Abu Bakr AsSiddiq), the martyrs, and the righteous. And how excellent these companions are!



And obeying him (Sallallaahu ?alayhi wasallam) is from the major reasons that you earn the rahmah (mercy) of Allaahu Ta?aalaa:

 Aali Imran (3):132

And obey Allh and the Messenger (Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam)) that you may obtain mercy.



And Allaah the Most High said:

 At-Tawbah (9):71

The believers, men and women, are Auliy' (helpers, supporters, friends, protectors) of one another, they enjoin (on the people) Al-Ma'rf (i.e. Islmic Monotheism and all that Islm orders one to do), and forbid (people) from Al-Munkar (i.e. polytheism and disbelief of all kinds, and all that Islm has forbidden); they perform As-Salt (Iqmat-as-Salt) and give the Zakt, and obey Allh and His Messenger. Allh will have His Mercy on them. Surely Allh is All-Mighty, All-Wise.



And obeying him (?alayhis-Salaatu was-Salaam) is the way of hidaayah (guidance).  Rather, it is itself guidance, as Allaah, ?Azza wa Jal, said:

 An-Nur (24):54

Say: "Obey Allh and obey the Messenger, but if you turn away, he (Messenger Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam)) is only responsible for the duty placed on him (i.e. to convey Allh's Message) and you for that placed on you. If you obey him, you shall be on the right guidance. The Messenger's duty is only to convey (the message) in a clear way (i.e. to preach in a plain way)."



Therefore, this should be clear to you, so know that whoever contradicts the order of the Prophet (Sallallaahu ?alayhi wasallam) is in severe danger, and the proof of this is the saying of Allaah Most High:

 An-Nur (24):63

Make not the calling of the Messenger (Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam)) among you as your calling of one another. Allh knows those of you who slip away under shelter (of some excuse without taking the permission to leave, from the Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam)). And let those who oppose the Messenger's (Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam)) commandment (i.e. his Sunnah legal ways, orders, acts of worship, statements, etc.) (among the sects) beware, lest some Fitnah (disbelief, trials, afflictions, earthquakes, killing, overpowered by a tyrant, etc.) befall them or a painful torment be inflicted on them.




And whenever someone separates himself from the Sunnah, he separates himself from the Haqq and the path of salvation, as Allaah, Exalted is He, said:

 Al-An'am (6):153

"And verily, this (i.e. Allh's Commandments mentioned in the above two Verses 151 and 152) is my Straight Path, so follow it, and follow not (other) paths, for they will separate you away from His Path. This He has ordained for you that you may become Al-Muttaqn (the pious - see V.2:2)."



And the Exalted said:

 An-Nisa (4):61

And when it is said to them: "Come to what Allh has sent down and to the Messenger (Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam))," you (Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam)) see the hypocrites turn away from you (Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam)) with aversion.




and His saying:

 An-Nur (24):47

They (hypocrites) say: "We have believed in Allh and in the Messenger (Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam)), and we obey," then a party of them turn away thereafter, such are not believers.



And whoever opposes the Prophet (Sallallaahu ?alayhi wasallam) is treading in error and misguidance, and Allaah has threatened him with a humiliating, despicable punishment in this life and in the Hereafter.  The Exalted, Most High said:

 Al-Ahzab (33):36

It is not for a believer, man or woman, when Allh and His Messenger have decreed a matter that they should have any option in their decision. And whoever disobeys Allh and His Messenger, he has indeed strayed in a plain error.



And the Exalted, Most High said:

 Al-Jinn (72):23

"(Mine is) but conveyance (of the truth) from Allh and His Messages (of Islmic Monotheism), and whosoever disobeys Allh and His Messenger, then verily, for him is the Fire of Hell, he shall dwell therein forever."



And Allaah the Most High said:

 Al-Furqan (25):27

And (remember) the Day when the Zlim (wrong-doer, oppressor, polytheist, etc.) will bite at his hands, he will say: "Oh! Would that I had taken a path with the Messenger ( Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam)).



And the Most High said:

 Al-Ahzab (33):66

On the Day when their faces will be turned over in the Fire, they will say: "Oh, would that we had obeyed Allh and obeyed the Messenger (Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam))."



And know that whoever abandons the Sunnah of the Prophet (Sallallaahu ?alayhi wasallam) and fanatically and blindly follows something else, or rejects the Sunnah because it differs with his ?Aql (intellect) or his hawaa? (desires) or his inclinations, or adds some principles for which Allaah has not sent down any authority, verily he has wronged and annoyed Allaah, Tabaraka wa Ta?aalaa, and His Messenger (Sallallaahu ?alayhi wasallam) and he is one who is in extreme danger.  Allaah, ?Azza wa Jal, said:

 Al-Ahzab (33):57

Verily, those who annoy Allh and His Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) Allh has cursed them in this world, and in the Hereafter, and has prepared for them a humiliating torment.



   And from this annoyance is that they don?t obey his commands and that they abandon His (Allaah?s) sayings and follow the sayings of someone else fanatically and imitating someone else (other than His Messenger), shunning his sayings (Sallallaahu ?alayhi wasallam), and comparing his sayings to those principles which they have invented for themselves.  And if there is any similarity between them (their principles and the sayings of the Messenger), they accept it, but if what the Messenger (Sallallaahu ?alayhi wasallam) brought differs with these principles which they have invented for themselves, they either change it (the saying of the Prophet) [to fit their desires], or reject it with the most foul and ugly of rejections.  And from the things with which they harm and annoy him (Sallallaahu ?alayhi wasallam) is abusing his Companions and withholding the rights of his wives (radyallaahu ?anhum).  So can there be any harm or annoyance greater than this?!

   And in short, whoever harms and annoys the Messenger of Allaah (Sallallaahu ?alayhi wasallam), then the threat of Allaah?s la?nah (curse) and severe punishment [mentioned in these ayaat] is over him.
And Allaah Knows Best.

   And all praise is due to Allaah for His blessing of completing as-Saalihaat.










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