الحمد لله رب العالمين وصلى الله وسلم على رسول الله وعلى آله وأصحابه ومن اهتدى بهديه إلى يوم الدين أما بعد
I Dislike Fitnah Upon You
That which separates the people of truth and the people of falsehood is the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم
Al Haakim said: I heard ar-Rabee’ say: I heard (Imam) ash-Shaafi’i, and indeed he was narrating a hadeeth. So a man said to him: Will you implement this O’ Abaa Abdullaah? So he replied: “If I narrate an authentic hadeeth from the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم and I don’t implement it, then you can testify that my intellect has left!”
[Reported by Ibn Abi Haatim in ‘Adaab ash-Shaafi’ee wa Munaaqibuhu’, p. 93; and by Imaam adh-Dhahabi in ‘Mukhtasir al-Uloow’, no. 197 – Authenticated in ‘Sifatus Salaah’ (fifth edition, p. 33)]
A man came to Imaam Maalik رحمه الله تعالى and asked: “From where should I put on the ihraam? So he said: From the place where the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم stopped and put on ihraam. So the man said: So what if I put on ihraam from farther than that? So Maalik said: I do not advise that. So he said: What do you dislike about that? He said: I dislike the Fitnah upon you. He said: And what is the Fitnah (when I am) increasing the good? So he said: Verily, Allaah the Exalted says:
“And let those who oppose the Messenger’s commandment (i.e. his Sunnah) beware, lest some Fitnah befall them or a painful torment be inflicted on them.” [An-Noor, 63]
And which Fitnah is greater than you specifying an action with virtue which was not specified by the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم?
[Related Abu Shaamah in his book ‘Baa’ith ‘ala Inkaarul Bid’ah wal-Hawaadith’; quoted by Abi Bakr Al Khallaal]
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For more on Ayah 63 of Surah an-Noor, please Let those who Oppose the Sunnah Beware
May Allaah make us amongst those who stay within the limits of the Sunnah!