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21 May 2019 CE | 17 Ramadhan 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

Sunnah of the Rightly Guided Caliphs

Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, "Hold fast to my Sunnah and the Sunnah of the Rightly Guided Caliphs; clamp your (very) teeth upon it." [Abu Dawud, Ahmad]

Even the lightest gift will fall through our fingers if we do not take a hold of it firmly. Similarly the pearls of guidance and the treasures of the keys to Allah's pleasure will not benefit us in the least unless we grab on to them firmly. This means to take each ayat, and each hadith, and each consensus of the Rightly Guided Caliphs, as worth more than the world and all that it contains. To hold on to it carefully is to study it, understand it, and mould our behaviour according to it.

Islamic scholars and specialists in fundamentals of Sacred Law state that the opinion and position of a Companion, when it becomes widely acted upon and no one is known to object to it, is considered to have become a scholarly consensus (ijma) and is thus a decisive proof. Imam Nawawi explicitly records this in his commentary on Sahih Muslim.

Regarding the value and honour of his Companions, Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, "Do not revile my Companions, for by Him in whose hand is my soul, were one of you to spend gold equal to Mount Uhud, you would not attain the reward of a handful of one of them or even half of it (because what they spent benefited Islam more)." Allah Himself has vouched for the high status of the early immigrants (Muhajireen) and the helpers (Ansar) in the Quran. All of the Khulafa Rashideen were of the Muhajireen and very close to Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam).

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