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18 June 2019 CE | 15 Shawwal 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

Repeated Time and Again

Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “There was never a Nabi that Allah raised amongst his Ummah before me except that he had in his Ummah some Hawaaryyoon (helpers) and Sahabah (companions) who held fast to his Sunnah (way) and followed his commands. They were then succeeded by a people who professed what they did not act upon and did that which they were not commanded to do. So he who makes Jihad against them with his hand is a believer, and the one who makes Jihad against them with his tongue is a believer, and one who makes Jihad against them with his heart is a believer, but beyond that there is not even a mustard seed (worth) of Emaan (faith).” [Sahih Muslim]

Innovation in religion is of two types. One is to innovate in actions, such as to celebrate the birth of Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam). The other far more dangerous type of innovation is in matters of belief and Aqeedah; such as the doctrine introduced by the Mutazilah that the Quran was created and not eternal, or that human reason is superior to revelation.

Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal was pressurized with the threat of death to accept the doctrine of the “created” Quran but to the very end he kept asking for proof from the Quran or Sunnah in order to accept this innovation in belief. He was flogged so severely that his arms dislocated from his body. He was then jailed. But his persistence in faith and refusal to accept what he knew to be contrary to Islam quelled this Fitnah for all time.

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