Referring to Messenger (SAS), on the issue of Hadiths

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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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Article 5 – Referring to Messenger (SAS), on the issue of Hadiths

Till now, in this series of ‘Hadith: The Integral Part of Islam’ we have Alhamdulillah covered some important topics like ‘Is Qur’an the only form of revelation to Muhammad (SAS)?’, ‘Role of Messenger (SAS)’ and ‘Importance of Sunnah, Hadith and Scholars’. The reply to some of the commonly used arguments against Hadiths will insh’Allah be covered in subsequent articles.

Allah mentions in Qur’an:-

O you who believe! Obey Allah and obey the Messenger, and those of you who are in authority.(And) if you differ in anything amongst yourselves, refer it to Allah and His Messenger, if you believe in Allah and in the Last Day. That is better and more suitable for final determination.
(Translation of Qur’an 4:59)

We have been referring to Allah from the Quran so far in previous articles, in this article we refer to the messenger of Allah (SAS) and look at some of the Hadiths and what they say regarding this issue.

This article is not for those who have not reflected and pondered upon the ayaat in Qur’an quoted in previous articles wherein we were “Referring to Allah”. This article insha’Allah will increase the faith of believer in “obeying the messenger”. Following are just few Hadiths concerning this issue.

1. Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said, “All my followers will enter Paradise except those who refuse.” They said, “O Allah’s Apostle! Who will refuse?” He said, “Whoever obeys me will enter Paradise, and whoever disobeys me is the one who refuses (to enter it).”
(Translation of Hadith from Saheeh Bukhari, Book: Holding fast to Qur’an and Sunnah)

2. Narrated Jabir bin ‘Abdullah: Some Angels came to the Prophet (SAS) while he was sleeping. Some of them said, “He is sleeping.” Others said, “His eyes are sleeping but his heart is awake.” Then they said, “There is an example for this companion of yours.” One of them said, “Then set forth an example for him.” Some of them said, “He is sleeping.” The others said, “His eyes are sleeping but his heart is awake.” Then they said, “His example is that of a man who has built a house and then offered therein a banquet and sent an inviter (messenger) to invite the people. So whoever accepted the invitation of the inviter, entered the house and ate of the banquet, and whoever did not accept the invitation of the inviter, did not enter the house, nor did he eat of the banquet.” Then the angels said, “Interpret this example to him so that he may understand it.” Some of them said, “He is sleeping.” The others said, “His eyes are sleeping but his heart is awake.” And then they said, “The houses stands for Paradise and the call maker is Muhammad; and whoever obeys Muhammad, obeys Allah; and whoever disobeys Muhammad, disobeys Allah. Muhammad separated the people(i.e., between those who believe and obey him and those who disbelieve and disobey him).”
(Translation of Hadith from Saheeh Bukhari, Book: Holding fast to Qur’an and Sunnah)

3. Abu Hurairah that the messenger of Allah (SAS) said, “I have left with you two things, that (if you hold fast to them) you will never be misled after them (as long as you hold fast to them): The Book of Allah and my Sunnah. They will not separate from each other till they meet on the Hawdh (the pool of paradise river water that flows outside the gates of paradise on the hereafter).
(Translation of Hadith from Malik & Al-Hakim)

 Messenger (SAS) not only made it very clear as to the issue of Sunnah and Hadiths but also warned us of the coming times and the characteristics of those who will reject/sideline authentic Sunnah. Below are a few Hadiths where he mentioned of the coming times.

 4. Narrated Al-Miqdam ibn Ma’dikarib: The Prophet (SAS) said: “Verily! I was given the Qur’an and its equal with it (Sunnah). There may be a man, his stomach is full and he is (laying) on his couch, and saying: Hold fast to this Qur’an; what you find in it to be permissible treat as permissible, and what you find in it to be prohibited treat as prohibitedHowever whatever Messenger of Allah renders impermissible is equal to what Allah renders impermissible. Verily, (the meat of) domestic donkeys, beasts of prey with fangs, a find belonging to Mu’aahid (people of scripture who live in Muslim rule), unless its owner does not want it, are not permissible to you. And whoever stays with a people (guest), then they must be generous to him, but if they do not, then he can take from them what he needs (of sustainance).
(Translation of Hadith from Abu Dawood, At-Tirmithi, Al-Hakim & Ahmad)

5. Abu Rafi’ said that the Messenger of Allah (SAS) said, “Let me not find any of you, and while resting on his couch, that if an order of mine is mentioned in front of him, either a command of mine or a prohibition, he says: I do not know! Whatever we find in the book of Allah (Al-Qur’an) we follow (otherwise we do not!)
(Translation of Hadith from Ahmad, Abu Dawood, At-Tirmithi, Ibn Majah, At-Tahawi, & others)

SubhanAllah, these hadith not only warn us against this fitnah, but also hints the class of people who will come up with this fitnah. There are many Hadiths with regard to the issue of Hadiths and Sunnah and prophesies regarding the present times. However, the above hadiths must suffice the intended objective. Thus by “Reffering to Allah” and by “Referring to Messenger (SAS)” in both ways we come to the same conclusion that: “Hadiths are integral part of Islam”

NOTE:  All the Hadiths in this article were also used by Shaykh Nasir A-Deen Al-Albanee in his book, “The Hadith Is Proof Itself in Belief & Laws”.
It is available on http://www.calgaryislam.com.

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Reply to common arguments of Hadith rejectors (Part 1)
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