Pearls from the Salaf
“They are those who are upon what I and my companions are upon.” [Reported by at-Tirmidhee from Amr ibn al-Aas – classified as Hasan.]
Ibn Taymiyyah (Rahimahullaah) says: “There is no blame on the one who manifests, proclaims the way of the Salaf, who attaches himself to it and refers to it. Rather, it is obligatory to accept that from him by unanimous agreement (Ittifaaq), because the way of the Salaf is nothing but the Truth” (HAQQ) [From Majmoo al-Fataawaa, 4:149.]
Al-Hasan ibn Abi’l-Hasan said, “A little action following a Sunnah is better than a lot of action following an innovation.”
`Umar ibn al-Khattab wrote to his governors telling them to learn the Sunnah, the shares of inheritance and the dialects, saying, “People will try to argue with you (i.e. by using the Qur’an) so overcome them with the Sunnah. The people of the Sunnah have the greatest knowledge of the Book of Allah.”
When `Ali joined the hajj and `umrah together, ` Uthman said to him, “Why do you do this, when you know that I have forbidden the people to do it?” He replied, “I do not abandon a Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah for the statement of anyone.”
` Ali said, “I am not a Prophet nor have I received revelation, but I act according to the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad as much as I can.”
Ibn Mas`ud used to say, “Doing a little of the Sunnah is better than striving hard in innovation.”
Ataa al Khurasani said: “I don’t advise you to mind your life’s affairs because I know that you are covetous to do so, but I advise you to mind the affairs of the Hereafter. Take from this temporary home to the eternal one. Consider this life as something that you have left, I swear by Allah you will leave it. Consider death as something that you have tasted, I swear by Allah you will taste it. And consider the Hereafter as a home that you have visited, I swear by Allah you will be there.”
Ash-Shaa’fee said: “The greatest of deeds are three: To give generously out of the few that you have, to be devoted to Allah in loneliness and to say the truth in the face of someone who is hoped and feared.”
`Ali ibn Abi Talib said: “Whoever has the following six characteristics does all that is required to make him enter Paradise and avoid Hell: to know Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala and obey him, to know Satan and disobey him, to know the truth and follow it, to know the falsehood and avoid it, to know the life of this world and renounce it, and to know the Hereafter and seek it.”
Ibrahim al-Ash`ath said: I heard al-Fudayl saying: “Man’s fear of Allah is equal to his knowledge of Him, and his renunciation of the life of this world is equal to his desire of the Hereafter. Whoever acts according to what he knows, Allah will make him successful in what he doesn’t know. And whoever is ill-tempered disgraces his honour, religion and generosity.”
Wahib ibn al-Ward said: “Do not insult Satan explicitly whereas you take him clandestinely as a friend.”
Abu Bakr al-Maruthi said: I visited Ahmad ibn Hanbal one morning and said to him: “How are you?” He answered: “How is the one whose Rabb requires to perform his duties, whose Prophet requires to flow the Sunnah, the two angels require that he rectifies his deeds, his human self requires him to follow its desires, Satan requires him to commit evil deeds, the angel of death requires him to give his life and his children require him to satisfy their needs.”
Yahya ibn Mu`adh said, “O how poor is man, if he fears Hell in the same degree of his fearing poverty, then he will enter Paradise .”
Al-Awzaa’ee (rahimahullaah) said Follow the footsteps of the SALAF . . .
“By clinging to their way, holding on to their beliefs and understanding the Deen (religion) as they did, worshipping Allaah in His Oneness, upon the Authentic Sunnah of the Messenger Muhammad (sallallaahu`alaihiwasallam) in the manner of the Companions one is guaranteed success in this life and security from the Fire in the next life”.
When questioned by his Companions about those who will be saved from the Fire, the Messenger Muhammad (sallallaahu`alaihiwasallam) replied: “They are those who are upon what I and my companions are upon.” [Reported by at-Tirmidhee from Amr ibn al-Aas – classified as Hasan.] All the great scholars from the earliest to the later times have advised clinging to the way and methodology (Manhaj) of the SALAF and adherence to it as it is the only means of deliverance.