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Extracted from Imaam Al-Albaanis treatise: The Hadith is Proof Itself in Beliefs and Laws pages 6-10 (found on Calgary Islaam) |
1. There is no difference between Allahs Decree and the decrees of the Messenger. Believers are not given any choice to disobey them. Disobedience of the Prophet is the same as disobeying Allah, both are utter misguidance.
2. No one has the right to introduce his preference between the hands of the Prophet (after his Sunnah has been decreed or mentioned), exactly as no one has any preference between Allahs Hands (after His order has been decreed). It is impermissible to defy the Sunnah of the Messenger. Ibn Al-Qayyim said in his book Flam Al-Muwaqqiin: This means the following: Do not say until he (the Messenger) says, do not order until he orders, do not issue a Fatwa (legislative opinion) until he says his Fatwa, and do not decide in any matter until he issues his decision concerning it and until his order is established.
3. Whoever obeys the Messenger obey Allah, the Praised One.
4. To shun the obedience of the Messenger is Kufr
5. The necessity of referring to Allah and His Messenger when divisions and differences arise in matters of religion. Ibn Al-Qayyim said: the Praised One decreed that He and his Messenger must be obeyed. He repeated the order (saying [4:59]: And obey the Messenger) informing us that his (the Messengers) informing us that his (the Messengers) obedience must be established without comparing his order with the Quran. If he decrees a matter, then his decree can be found in the Quran or not. He was given the Quran and its equal with it. Allah did not command that one must obey people of authority as an independent authority (saying: And obey Muslim rulers, scholars). Rather, he included their obedience in the obedience of the Messenger. [Ilam Al-Muwaqqiin]. It is well-known to the scholars that referring to Allah means referring to His book, and that referring to the Messenger means referring to him during his lifetime, and to his Sunnah after his death. They consider this a condition of Iman.
6. In the sight of the Sahriah (Islamic law), accepting divisions, by not referring to the Sunnah to end this division, is a major cause for the failure of Muslims in all their matters and the cause for their losing their strength and effectiveness.
7. Warning against disobeying the Messenger because of what this disobedience leads to of an evil end in this life and in the hereafter.
8. Those who defy the order of the Messenger deserve to fall in calamities in this life, and face the painful torment in the hereafter.
9. The necessity of accepting the Message of the Messenger and his decrees. This acceptance is the cause for the good life and happiness in this life and in the life after.
10. Obeying the Prophet leads to entering Paradise and reaching the ultimate success. Disobeying the Prophet and ignoring his commandment is cause for entering Hellfire and facing humiliating torment.
11. One of the characteristics of the hypocrites, who show Islam and conceal Kufr, is that if they are called to refer to the Messenger and his Sunnah as a judge, they refuse and hinder from this path.
12. Mumins (believers) are different from the hypocrites. If they are called to the Messenger to judge between them, they hurry to this path with full acceptance, as if saying: We hear and we obey. Therefore, they are the successful ones and the ultimate winners of Paradise for following this path.
13. Whatever the Prophet has ordered us, must be followed and obeyed, and we must shun all that he has prohibited us from doing.
14. The messenger is our example and leader in all matters of religion; that is if we seek the pleasure of Allah and the best of the Hereafter.
15. All the Prophet has uttered, n matters of religion or the unseen cannot be comprehended with our limited minds or proved with experimentation, are a revelation from Allah to him. Misguidance can never touch this revelation.
16. The Sunnah of the Messenger clarifies whatever is revealed in the Quran.
17. The Quran cannot be a substitute for the Sunnah. On the contrary, the Sunnah is equal to the Quran in terms of the necessity of adherence and implementation. Whoever substitutes the Quran for the Sunnah defies and disobey the Messenger, consequently committing disobedience of the Ayat mentioned above.
18. Whatever the Prophet has prohibited is equal to whatever Allah has prohibited. All decrees of the Messenger, which cannot be found in the Quran, are considered as if they were in the Quran. The Messenger said, what translated means: Verily! I was given the Quran and its equal with it [Abu Dawood, At-Tirmithi, Al-Hakim & Ahmad].
19. Immunity from error and misguidance is only attained through adherence to both the Quran and the Sunnah. This rule is valid till the Day of Judgment. Therefore, it is impermissible to differentiate between the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Prophet.
A few ahadeeth that call upon Muslims to Obey the Prophet in All Matters (Backup to the above):
1- Abu Hurairah narrated that the Messenger of Allah said, what translated means: All of my Ummah (nation) will enter Paradise, except whoever refuses (to enter Paradise). They said: And who will refuse? He said: Whoever obeys me will enter Paradise, and whoever disobeys me will have refused.
2- Jabir ibn Abdillah said: Angles came to Prophet while he was sleeping. Some of them said: He is asleep. Others said: The eye is asleep, but the heart is awake. They said: There is an example to this friend of yours, therefore say your example. Some of them said: He is asleep. And others said: The eye is asleep, but the heart is awake. They said: His example is like the example of a man who built a house, threw a feast and sent a caller (inviting to the feast). Whoever accepts the invitation, will enter the house and will eat from the feast whoever does not accept the invitation, will enter the house and will not eat from the feast They said: Clarify it (this example) so that he understands it Some of them said: He is asleep. And other said: The eye is asleep but the heart is awake. They said: The house is Paradise and the caller is Mohammad, Whoever obeys Mohammad, obeys Allah. Whoever disobey Mohammad, disobeys Allah. Mohammad divides between people (between those who believe and obey him and those who disbelieve and disobey him). [Al-Bukhari].
3- Abu Mossa Narrated that the Prophet said, what translated means: The example of me and what Allah has sent me with, is like the example of a man who came to a people, saying: O my people! I saw the army (of the enemy) with my own eyes. I am the naked Warner (the habit of Arabs before Islam was that when one wanted to warn his people of an invading army, he does so while naked to be more dramatic). Therefore, escape escape. Some of his people obeyed him and left at night, traveling at ease, and they were safe. Others disbelieved and in the morning they were still in their places. The army attacked them in the morning, destroyed and overwhelmed them. This is the example of whoever obeys me and follows what I was sent with, and the example of whoever disobeys me and disbelieves in what I was sent with of truth [Al-Bukhari & Muslim].
4- Abu Rafi said the Messenger of Allah said, what translated means: Let me not find any of you, and while resting on his couch, that if an order of mine is mentioned in front of him, either a command of mine or a prohibition, he says: I do not know! Whatever we find in the Book of Allah (the Quran) we follow (otherwise we do not!). [Ahmad, Abu Dawood, At-Tirmithi, ibn Majah, At-Tahawi & others].
..Unity with those who seek to poison, distort, or dilute the Sunnah with their innovations? NEVER!!!