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Question: What are the ways of safeguarding oneself from having ghuloo (excessiveness) in the Deen and from having ta’assub (bigotry) and tahazzub (partisanship) to certain individuals or certain Da’wah organizations?

Answer: The protection here, with regards to the Deen, and acting according to it’s attributes is what Allaah سبحانه وتعالى and His Messenger, peace and blessings be upon him, ordered. It is the taqwaa of Allaah, having taqwaa and working according to the Book – the Qur’aan, and the Sunnah of His Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, for indeed therein is the protection.

So whoever holds fast to the Qur’aan – and the Qur’aan is the Hudaa (Guidance) and Noor (light); so he should look into it and whatever the Qur’aan orders him to do he should do it, and whatever the Qur’aan orders him to abstain from then he should comply. This also applies to what is in the Sunnah of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم. We know that the Prophet’s character was the Qur’aan and likewise, his Companions’ character was the Qur’aan and his Sunnah صلى الله عليه وسلم.

Adhering to the Book and the Sunnah is what will protect the individual from falling into shameful actions, or actions which are forbidden. This holding fast to the Qur’aan and Sunnah and what our Pious Predecessors (as-Salaf as-Saalih) were upon, is the protection. There are other matters which would explain what a person is upon, because some of the people involve themselves in things that they should not be concerned with, and we know that the Prophet said, “From the goodness of a person’s Islaam, is leaving off that which does not concern him;”[1] and the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم also said, “Adhere to my Sunnah and the Sunnah of the Rightly Guided Khulafaa’ after me, hold onto it with the Molars, and beware of the newly-innovated matters; for indeed every newly-innovated matter is a Bid`ah, and every Bid`ah is a heresy, and every heresy is in Hellfire.”[2] So this is the meaning of the Book of Allaah being ‘Light’ as well as the Sunnah of His Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم. As for what the Haraakiyyoon invent and say, then this is what we should avoid and not listen to. This is what is obligatory upon the servant.

What is intended is following the Qur’aan and the Sunnah as following it will protect a person. Some people are concerned with other things; so do not be concerned with those people who are upon other ways and other things like that. The Qur’aan and the Sunnah is the protection from falling into those areas that are disliked.

The Sheikh حفظه الله says this is why we find the Prophet saying “Alaikum bi sunnati…” i.e. “Adhere to my Sunnah and the sunnah of the rightly guided Khulafaa’. Stick to it as if you were biting onto something and beware of newly invented matters in the Deen.

Answered by: Shaykh Muhammed As-Subayyal
Title of Lecture: Question and Answers Session

Date of the Lecture: June 11th, 2005

[1] Reported in Saheeh Muslim, The book of Crop-sharing (كتاب المساقاة), Hadeeth (#1599).

[2] In Silsilah as-Saheehah 6/526, Hadeeth (#2735) Shaykh al-Albaanee رحمه الله says is Saheeh. And in Sunan at-Tirmidhee 3/188, Hadeeth (#1578) the following is part of a longer hadeeth which Shaykh al-Albaanee رحمه الله says is Saheeh.

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