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Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (d.728H) (rahimahullah) said:

“There is no blame upon the one who makes apparent the manhaj of the Salaf and affiliates himself with it and ascribes himself to it. Rather, it is obligatory to accept that from him by agreement. Since the madhhab of the Salaf is nothing, except the Truth.”

[al-Fataawaa (4/149)]

Abdullaah ibn Umar (Radiallaahu’Anhu) states,

“Every innovation is misguidance, even if the people regard it as good.”


Imaam Abu Haneefah (d. 150H) (rahimahullah) said:

“Adhere to the athar (narration) and the tareeqah (way) of the Salaf (Pious Predecessors) and beware of newly invented matters for all of it is innovation”

[Reported by As-Suyootee in Sawn al Mantaq wal-Kalaam p.32]

Imaam adh-Dhahabee (d.748H) (rahimahullaah) said:

“It is authentically related from ad-Daaraqutnee that he said: There is nothing more despised by me than ‘irnul-kalaam (innovated speech and rhetorics). I say: No person should ever enter into ‘ilmul-kalaam, nor argumentation. Rather, he should be Salafee (a follower of the Salaf).”

[Siyar 16/457]

Imaam al-Asbahaanee (d.535H) (rahimahullaah) said:

“The sign of Ahlus-Sunnah is that they follow the Salafus-Saalih and abandon all that is innovated and newly introduced into the Deen.”

[Al-Hujjah fee Bayaanil Mahajjah 1/364]

Imaam Ibn al-Qayyim (rahimahullah) said:

“The jihaad with decisive proofs [from the Book and the Sunnah] and the tongue takes precedence over the jihaad with the sword and the spear.”

[Al-Jawaab us-Saheeh of Ibn Taymiyyah (1/237)].

Abdullaah ibn Mas’ood (Radhiyallaahu ‘anhu) said:

“The Jamaa’ah is what accords to the truth, even if you are alone.”

[Sharh Usool I’tiqaad Ahlis-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah of al-Laalikaee].

Imaam al-Awzaa’ee (rahimahullah) said:

Stick to the example of those who came before you (Salafus Saalih), even if the people reject you. And beware of the opinions of men, even if they beautify it for you with their speech.

[Reported by Khateebul Baghdaadee in Sharaf As’haabil Hadeeth and others]

Imaam Abu Haneefah (d. 150H) (rahimahullah) said:

When I say something contradicting the Book of Allaah the Exalted or what is narrated from the Messenger (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam), then ignore my saying.

[Reported by Al-Fulaani in Eeqaaz al-Himam (p. 50), tracing it to Imaam Muhammad and then saying, “This does not apply to the mujtahid, for he is not bound to their views anyway, but it applies to the muqallid.”]

Imaam Maalik (d. 179H) (rahimahullah) said:

There is no one after the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam), except that you can take his saying or leave it, with the exception of the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam).

[Related by Ibn ’Abdul-Haadee in Irshaadus-Saalik (227/l) who declared it Saheeh.]

Imaam Shurayh al-Qaadee (d.80H) (rahimahullah) said:

“Verily, the Sunnah has preceded your qiyaas (analogical deduction), so follow and do not innovate.”

[Related by ad-Daarimee (1/66) and by al-Baghawee in Sharhus-Sunnah (1/216).]

Imaam Ibraaheem bin Maysarah (d.132H) (rahimahullah) said:

“Whoever honours an innovator has aided in the destruction of Islam.”

[Reported by al-Laalikaa’ee in Sharh Usool I’tiqaad (1/139)]

Imaam Ahmad bin Hanbal (rahimahullah) said:

“The graves of sinners from the People of Sunnah is a garden, while the graves of the pious ascetics from the People of Innovation is a barren pit. The sinners among Ahlus-Sunnah are the Friends of Allaah, while the pious among Ahlul-Bid’ah are the Enemies of Allaah.”

[Reported in Tabaqaat al-Hanaabilah (1/184)]

Imaam Abul-Aaliyah (d.90H) (rahimahullah) said:

“Learn Islaam. Then when you have learnt Islaam, do not turn away from it to the right or the left. But be upon the Straight Path and upon the Sunnah of your Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and that which his Companions were upon…and beware of these innovations because they cause enmity and hatred amongst you. But stick to the original state of affairs which was their before they divided.” So ‘Aasim said: I related this to al-Hasan al-Basree, so he said: “He has given you sincere advice and has told you the truth.”

[Reported by Ibn Battaah in al-Ibaanah (no.136)]

Imaam al-Awzaa’ee (rahimahullah) said,

“Patiently restrict yourselves to the sunnah, stop where the people stopped, say what they said, avoid what they avoided. Take to the path of the salaf, for indeed what was sufficient for them was sufficient for you.”


ash-Sharee’ah pg. 58]

Posted November 7, 2010 by thesunnahway in Great Sayings

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