Conclusion – Hadith: The Integral part of Islam

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Articles in this Series :

 –  Introduction to ‘Hadith: The Integral Part of Islam’
- Article 1: What are Hadeeth and Sunnah?
- Article 2: Is Quran the only form of Revelation to Mohammad (SAS)?
- Article 3:  Role of Prophet Muhammad (SAS)
- Article 4: Importance of Sunnah, Hadith & Scholars
Article 5: Referring to Messenger (SAS), on the issue of Hadiths
- Article 6: Reply to common arguments of Hadith Rejecters (Part1)
- Article 7: Reply to common arguments of Hadith Rejecters (Part2) 
- Conclusion & References  

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Conclusion & References

Alhamdulillah we have come to the end of the article series on Hadith: The Integral part of Islam. It is now time for everyone to reflect upon what we have learnt in the past few weeks.


The Warning

The warning from Allah is very clear and anyone who has doubts about importance of Sunnah must think deeply about the following Aayat.

But no, by the Lord, they can have no Faith, until they make thee (Prophet Muhammad [SAS]) judge in all disputes between them, and find in their souls no resistance against Thy decisions, but accept them with the fullest conviction. [Translation of Qur’an 4:65]

…And whoever disobeys God and His Messenger, for him there is surely the fire of Hell, to abide therein forever.
[Translation of Qur’an 72:23]

From this we understand that sidelining the Sunnah takes one out of the fold of Islam and ultimately ends one in hell-fire.

There are people who say:

“We believe only in the Sunnah which supplements Qur’an and the rest we reject” or
“We believe in Sunnah but there are no more authentic hadiths remaining” or
“Sunnah was applicable only for time-being” or
“We accept only famous hadiths (Mutawaatir)” or
“Sunnah is secondary and may be sidelined” or
“Sunnah is impossible to follow due to ritualism” or
“We accept only those Sunnah which logically appeal to us”.

These are only ways to indirectly reject the Sunnah. These people use such statements only to cover themselves from their true identity. If we ponder, it effectively means the same as being Sunnah rejecters. So whichever way you take if the end result is the same, it only makes a person Kaafir (disbeliever) for rejecting the Qur’an itself. Having said that, we also take into account the context in which one rejects the sunnah. In the words of Sheikh Muhammad Ibn Salih Ibn Uthaimeen:

“Denying (Sunnah) could be of two types: a denial with regards to interpretation or a denial of rejection. If it is a denial of rejection, in the sense that one might say, “Yes I realize that Prophet (SAS) said this but I reject it and don’t accept it”. Then the person is a kaafir (disbeliever) and has committed apostasy. Thus it would be impermissible to pray behind him. If, on the other hand, it is the denial of interpretation, then he is granted a respite, if the interpretation is possible and warranted by the language, and he knows the sources of Islamic Law and its resources. In this case it is not an act of kufr, but rather under the category of those who innovate incorrect practices in the religion (if his interpretation is such)…”
(Source: Taken from Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al Munajjid’s reply to a question at the following link http://islamqa.com/en/ref/245/reject%20sunnah)

Thus if someone reads and understands the ayah of Qur’an like “Obey the Messenger” and still denies the authority of Sunnah in any sense by giving the ayah a new meaning (which the language itself does not suggest at all), like,  by saying “Obeying Allah is obeying Messenger” etc then he is doing an act of Kufr. The same is supported by Sheikh Al-Fawzaan (Source:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMcoWa9BV9A)

The Repentance

But for people who have erred in past and now realize the truth by the mercy of Allah. They must not get disappointed. The doors of mercy of Allah are wide open. Allah mentions:

And verily, I am indeed forgiving to him who repents, believes  and does righteous good deeds, and then remains constant in doing them (till his death)”
[Translation of Qur’an 20:82]

Similarly the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

 “Allah accepts the repentance of His slaves so long as the death rattle has not reached his throat.”
[Narrated by al-Tirmidhi (3537); classed as hasan by al-Albaani.]

The fact that Allah has given you life till now means that you are being awarded with enough time to make good the actions you did in ignorance or even arrogance. Also you must ask for forgiveness sincerely. The scholars mentioned the conditions of repentance.

1– Giving up the sin immediately.
2– Regretting what has happened in the past.
3– Resolving not to go back to it.
4– Making amends to those whom you have wronged, or asking for their forgiveness.

(Refer to Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al Munajjid’s write-up on the same athttp://islamqa.com/en/ref/books/23 )

We pray to Allah that He may guide us to the straight path; the path of Muhammad (SAS), the Sahaba and the righteous Salafs (Salaf-us-Saalih). We pray to Allah that He may keep our feet strongly grounded in the Manhaj of Salaf and protect us from fitnas of deviant sects and kuffaar. May Allah guide us, make us pious, chaste and give us satisfaction.

Further reading on the topic:

- Authority of Sunnah and Hadiths by Scholars of Islam
http://abdurrahman.org/sunnah/index.html

- “The Hadith Is Proof In Itself In Belief And Laws”, by Shaykh Nasir A-Deen Al Albaanee
http://abdurrahman.org/sunnah/thehadithisproofitself.pdf

- “A critical Analysis of the Modernists and Hadeeth Rejecter”, by Sajid A Kayum
http://qsep.com/books/modernists.html

- “Usool ul Hadith”, by Dr. Bilal Philips
http://scanislam.com/books_files/Hadith/Usool-ul-Hadith/Usool-al-Hadith.pdf

- “Studies in Hadith Methodology and Literature” by M. M. Azami
http://www.amazon.com/Studies-Methodology-Literature-Muhammad-Mustafa/dp/9839154273/

-  “Studies In Early Hadith Literature” by M. M. Azami
http://www.amazon.com/Studies-Hadith-Literature-Muhammad-Mustafa/dp/0892591250