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By Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan

Taken from his book: Sharh Masaa'il-ul-Jaahiliyyah, Pgs. 60-62

 

Imaam Muhammad bin ‘Abdil-Wahhaab (rahimahullaah) said:

 

[5] From the greatest of their principles was that they would be deluded by the majority, using that to determine the correctness of a matter. They would also determine the falsehood of something if it was strange and that its adherents were few. So Allaah brought them the opposite of that, clarifying this in many places of the Qur'aan.

 

- the explanation -

 

From the characteristics of the people of the Days of Ignorance is that they would view the majority as proof that something was true and the minority as proof hat something was false. So according to them, whatever the majority of the people was upon, that was the truth. And whatever the minority was upon, that was not the truth. In their eyes, this was the balance used to determine truth from falsehood. However, this is wrong, for Allaah says: “And if you obey most of those on earth, they will mislead you far away from Allaah’s path. They follow nothing but conjecture, and they do nothing but lie.†[surah Al-An’aam: 116]

 

And He says: “But most of mankind know not.†[surah Al-A’raaf: 187]

 

And He says: “And most of them We found to be not true to their covenant, but most of them We found indeed to be evil sinners.†[surah Al-A’raaf: 102]

 

So the balance is not the majority and the minority. Rather, the balance is the truth. So whoever is upon the truth, even if he is by himself, he is the one who is correct and deserves to be emulated. And if the majority of the people are upon falsehood, then it is obligatory to reject them and not be deceived by them. So consideration is given to the truth. This is why the scholars say: “Truth is not known by way of men, but rather men are known by way of the truth.†So whoever is upon the truth, then he is the one we must follow and emulate.

 

In Allaah’s stories about the prior nations, He informs us that it is always the minority that is upon the truth, as Allaah says: “And no one believed with him except for a few.†[surah Hood: 40]

 

And in a hadeeth in which the nations were presented to the Prophet, he (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said that he saw a Prophet that had a small group of followers with him, and a Prophet that had a man or two men following him, and another Prophet that had no one with him. So consideration is not given to which opinion or view has the most followers. Rather, consideration is given to its being either true or false. So whatever is true, even though a minority of the people or no one is upon it – so long as it is the truth – it must be adhered to, for indeed it is salvation. Falsehood is not aided by the fact that it has a majority of people following it, ever. This is a determining measure that the Muslim must always abide by.

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The Prophet (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Islaam began strange and it will return back to being strange as it began.†This will occur at the time when evil, calamities and misguidance increase. So no one will remain upon the truth except for the strange ones amongst the people and those who extract themselves from their tribes (for the sake of their religion). They will become strangers in their society. The Messenger (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) was sent while the whole world was submersed in disbelief and misguidance. And when he called the people, only one or two answered his call. It was only until later on that they grew to be many. The tribe of Quraish, not to mention the whole of the Arabian Peninsula and the whole world, was upon misguidance. And the Messenger of Allaah (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) was the only one calling the people. So those that followed him were few with respect to the entire world.

 

So consideration is not given to the majority. Consideration is only given to what is correct and to achieving the truth. Yes, if the majority of the people are upon correctness, then that is good. However, the way of Allaah is that the majority of the people is always upon falsehood.

 

“And most of mankind will not believe even if you desire it eagerly.†[surah Yoosuf: 103]

 

“And if you obey most of those on earth, they will mislead you far away from Allaah’s path. They follow nothing but conjecture, and they do nothing but lie.†[surah Al-An’aam: 116]

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:D for posting brother.

 

The majority is not a proof...
Very true. And this is the biggest flaw in so called democracy... that if the majority of people are for it, it must be right. We must follow truth and justice, rather than numbers.

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As-salaamu 'alaikum

 

Just to add, the famous Sahaabi, 'Abdullaah ibn Mas'ood (radee Allaahu ‘anhu) said: “The Jamaa'ah is what accords to the truth, even if you are alone.â€

 

[sharh Usool I’tiqaad Ahlis-Sunnah wal-Jamaa'ah – Imaam al-Laalikaa’ee...]

 

Was-salaamu 'alaikum

 

abu suhaylah

 

Further reading:

 

(www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.al-meezaan(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/methodology/absence.html"]What to do in the Absence of a Jamaa'ah[/url] based on the famous hadeeth of Hudhayfah (radee Allaahu 'anhu), in which he said: "The people used to ask the Messenger of Allaah (sall-Allaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) about the good, but I used to ask him about the evil... [to the end of the hadeeth...]."

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:D Fe Dunya Wal Akhira for the excellent information.

 

The majority is not a proof...

Correct 100%. In fact we will see than a few agree with the true teachings of Islam compared to those who are against it.

For example, nowadays we are seeing the number of Muslims increasing who are now turning the context of Jihad that is Halal, to something that is Haram.

 

“The Jamaa'ah is what accords to the truth, even if you are alone.â€

:D I remember reading this. Excellent words. Even if one is the only Muslim left upon this Earth worshipping Allah, they will never be alone, as the birds, animals, insects, the mountains, the clouds, all of the rest of creation worship Allah, and know the truth.

 

 

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Then the obvious question would be what is considered a proof. Is there a way to come to proof objectively? Perhaps, yes, but what should be the methodolgy then. Could it be simply the sincere intention?

 

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As-salaamu 'alaikum

 

Good question, mashaa'Allaah!

 

The proof is the Book and the Sunnah and the ijmaa' of the Sahaabah (radee Allaahu 'anhum).

 

The manhaj is as Imaam Abu Haneefah (rahimahullaah) said:

 

“Stick to the 'athaar' (narrations) and the way of the 'Salaf' and beware of newly invented matters, for all of it is innovation." [Related by Imaam as-Suyootee in Sawnul-Mantaq wal-Kalaam, P.32)

 

So the Salaf starts with the Prophet (sall-Allaahu 'alayhi wa sallam).

 

“...so fear Allaah and be patient (and he told me) that he would be a befitting forerunner (ni'mas Salaf) for me...†(Saheeh Muslim, Book 31 (The Virtues of the Companions), Chapter heading: The Merits of Fatima, Daughter of Allaah's Messenger (sall-Allaahu 'alayhi wa sallam), Hadeeth no. 6004)

 

And then after the Prophet (sall-Allaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) come the Sahaabah (radee-Allaahu 'anhum), with the bulk of them being from the Muhaajiroon and the Ansaar.

 

“And the first to embrace Islaam of the Muhaajiroon (those who migrated from Makkah to al-Madeenah) and the Ansaar (the citizens of al-Madeenah who helped and gave aid to the Muhaajiroon) and also those who followed them exactly (in Faith). Allaah is well-pleased with them as they are well-pleased with Him. He has prepared for them Gardens under which rivers flow (Paradise), to dwell therein forever. That is the supreme success.†(Soorah at-Tawbah 9:100)

 

So Allaah is pleased with the Sahaabah (Muhaajiroun and Ansaar) and “those who follow them exactly in belief...†and “He has prepared paradise for them...â€

 

“Indeed the people of the Book before you split into 72 sects. And this nation will split into 73 sects; 72 are in the Fire and 1 in Paradise.†And in another narration, “All are in the Fire except one.†The companions asked: “Who is that one?†He (sall-Allaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) replied: “That which I and my Companions are upon.†(At-Tirmidhee, 5/62 & al-Haakim, 1/128)

 

So both Allaah and His Messenger (sall-Allaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) have ordered us to stick to the way of the Sahaabah (radee Allaahu 'anhu), i.e. the Salaf, and this is the way and manhaj of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa'ah and it always has been and it always will be.

 

And no, intention alone is not enough, any act of worship needs a proof in order to do it.

 

Was-salaamu 'alaikum

 

abu suhaylah

 

Further reading:

 

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Assalaamu alaikum

 

The proof is the Book and the Sunnah and the ijmaa' of the Sahaabah (radee Allaahu 'anhum).

 

What is ruling on a group which claims that it is on right path but do not agree with Ijmaa of Sahabah radiallahu anhum ajmayeen.

 

What about a person who claims that he is on the right path and his actions contradict with actions of Sahaba, tabiun, and generations who followed them for about 1400 years. Does the majority issue comes into picture here also.

 

shukran

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I agree the majority of Mankind..but not the majority of MUSLIMS..we have to clearly state this as most of the verse's of the Quran being quoted are general for the overall mankind and not Muslims.

 

The majority of Muslims will always be on HAQ (Truth).

 

 

The holy Prophet(Sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) said " There was disagreement amongst Jews and they split into 72 groups. In exactly the same way, there will be disagreement and divisions in my Ummah. It will split into 73 groups. Apart from one of those groups, all the remaining 72 will be thrown into Hell."

 

When asked which group will be on the right path, the holy Prophet(Sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) replied, "The group on the right path, which will enter Paradise, will be the group which follows my Sunna and that of my Sahaba and this will be the largest group of Muslims." [Tirmizi, Imam Ahmad, Abu Daud, Mishkat]

 

The holy Prophet(Sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) said " Allah will never allow my Ummah to unite upon misguidance and incorrect beliefs. Allah's mercy, blessings and protection are with the largest group of Muslims. And he who deviates from this largest group of Muslims will be thrown into Hell." [ Tirmizi]

 

Further reading on Sawad-e-A'zam (The great Majority) :-

 

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Jama'ah has been consistently translated as largest group which is wrong

 

Just to add, the famous Sahaabi, 'Abdullaah ibn Mas'ood (radee Allaahu ‘anhu) said: “The Jamaa'ah is what accords to the truth, even if you are alone.â€

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Stick The teaching of the best centuries Teachings Of Quran and sunnah and Be careful of Innovation by the khalaf who came 600 years later .

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Stick The teaching of the best centuries Teachings Of Quran and sunnah and Be careful of Innovation by the khalaf who came 600 years later .

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Completely agreed

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Stick The teaching of the best centuries Teachings Of Quran and sunnah and Be careful of Innovation by the khalaf who came 600 years later.

 

100% agreed too.

 

Just to add to the above :-

 

All the great scholars of Hadith and the great scholars of Fiqh of the four Sunni Schools of thought and their followers, all held the belief of the Ahle Sunnah Jamaah. In addition, all the great pious Muslims and the Sufi Saints of the past and present, followed the way of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaah. Their great literary works stand witness to this fact."

 

"If you want a clear proof that what I have said above is correct, then gather together all the authentic books ever to be written on Hadith, Tafsir, 'Ilm-e-Kalam, Fiqh, Seerah of the holy Prophet(Sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) and Islamic history. Compare these authentic books with the books of the other groups and then it will be obvious, that the largest group of Muslims is the Ahle Sunnah Wal Jamaah."

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As-salaamu ‘alaikum

 

Al-Imaam al-Haafidh Zayn-ud-Deen ibn Rajab wrote a short but highly beneficial treatise entitled “Kashf-ul-Kurbah fee wasfi Haali Ahlil-Ghurbah.†In it he bought many of the statements of the Scholars who lived during the first 175 years after Hijrah. Although it is a short treatise it is still too long to post all of it, so what I am posting is from one of the shorter chapters:

 

Concerning the statement of the Prophet (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam): “Islaam began as something strange and will return to being strange, as it beganâ€, Imaam al-Awzaa’ee (d.157H) said:

 

“As for this, then it does not mean that Islaam will go away, rather it means that Ahlus-Sunnah [21] will go away, up to the point that there will not remain any from them in a land except one person.â€

 

Based on this understanding there can be found much praise in the statements of the Salaf for the Sunnah and their describing it as being strange, and describing its adherents and followers as being few.

 

Al-Hasan al-Basree (d.110H) used to say to his companions:

 

“Oh Ahlus-Sunnah! Be gentle with one another, and may Allaah have mercy on you, for indeed, you are from amongst the fewest of people.†[22]

 

Yoonus bin ‘Ubayd (d.139H) said:

 

“There is not a thing more strange than the Sunnah. But what is stranger than it, is the one who knows it.â€

 

Sufyaan ath-Thawree (d.161H) said:

 

“Treat Ahlus-Sunnah kindly, for verily, they are strangers.†[23]

 

The understanding of the term “Sunnah†to these scholars was the way of the Prophet (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) – that which he and his Companions were upon – free from Doubts (Shubuhaat) and Desires (Shahawaat). This is why Al-Fudayl bin ‘Iyaad (d.187H) would say:

 

“Ahlus-Sunnah are those who know what enters their stomachs from the Halaal (lawful).â€

 

That is since the consumption of Halaal is from the greatest aspects of the Sunnah, which the Prophet and his Companions were upon.

 

Then it remained the custom of the majority of the later scholars, from the scholars of Hadeeth and other fields that the Sunnah consisted of that which was free from Doubts in regards to Creed. This was especially the case with issues such as the belief in Allaah, His Angels, His Books, His Messengers, the Last Day, and other issues such as Al-Qadar (Divine Pre-Decree) and the merits of the Companions. They compiled literary works concerning this knowledge and named them books of “Sunnah.†This knowledge was only labelled with the name “Sunnahâ€, because its significance was tremendous and all those who opposed it were on the brink of destruction.

 

And as for the complete Sunnah, then it is the path that is free and safe from Doubts and Desires, as has been stated by Al-Hasan, Yoonus bin ‘Ubayd, Sufyaan, Al-Fudayl and others besides them (see above). Due to this, its adherents are described as strange because of their small number and rarity in the Last Days.

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This is why it has been mentioned in some of the previously stated reports that they are:

 

“A righteous people surrounded by people abounding in much evil. Those who disobey them are greater in number than those who obey them.†[24]

 

In this is an indication of the smallness of their amount in number and in the amount of those who answer and accept their call. We also are made aware of the greatness in number of those who oppose them and disobey them.

 

This is why there is much praise reported in numerous ahaadeeth for the one who sticks firmly to his Religion during the Last Days. And that he who does so will be like one who holds tightly onto hot pieces of coal. And that the one who acts upon it (i.e. the Sunnah), will receive fifty times the reward more than those before him. [25] This is because he will not find any supporters in doing good deeds (during those times).

 

These strangers fall into two categories: The first of them are those who rectify themselves when the people have become corrupt. The second category contains those who rectify what the people have corrupted of the Sunnah. And this (latter one) is the highest and most virtuous of the two categories.

 

Footnotes:

 

[21] What is meant by the term Ahlus-Sunnah are all the Muslims who strictly follow the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). They learn it, act upon it, enforce it and teach it to others. They consist of the scholars, their students and those that follow in their footsteps.

 

[22] This report was recorded by Al-Laalikaa'ee. Badr Al-Badr indicated its weakness in his notes tovKashf-ul-Kurbah. However, a similar narration to this one has been recorded by Ad-Daarimee (1/72) and its wording is: “For verily, Ahlus-Sunnah are the least of people in number that have preceded, and they are the least of people in number who remain.†This narration is authentic. Refer to Mafhoom Ahlis-Sunnati wal-Jamaa'ah (pg. 84)

 

[23] This narration was recorded by Al-Laalikaa'ee in his Sharh Usool 'Itiqaad Ahlis-Sunnah (1/64) and it was mentioned from him by Ibn Al-Jawzee in Talbees Iblees. Refer to the book Mafhoom Ahlis-Sunnati wal-Jamaa'ah (pg. 85)

 

[24] Musnad Ahmad (2/177), and its checking has been stated previously.

 

[25] This saying is based on the following hadeeth of the Prophet (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam): "Verily, after you there will come times requiring patience. (In those days) the one who holds fast to that which you are upon will have the reward of fifty amongst you. He will receive the reward of fifty (i.e. the one holding onto the way of the Companions in later times).†[Reported by Al-Marwazee in as-Sunnah (no. 35), At-Tabaraanee in al-Kabeer (17/117), Abu Dawood in his Sunan (no. 3441), At Tirmidhee (no. 3057), who declared it saheeh, and Ibn Maajah (no. 4014).

May it be a benefit inshaa'Allaah!

 

Was-salaamu 'alaikum

 

abu suhaylah

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Stick The teaching of the best centuries Teachings Of Quran and sunnah and Be careful of Innovation by the khalaf who came 600 years later .

 

what's Khalaf?

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Hudhayfah (radee Allaahu 'anhu) said:

 

The people used to ask the Messenger of Allaah (sall-Allaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) about the good, but I used to ask him about the evil from fear that it would overtake me, so I said: "O Messenger of Allaah! We used to be in jaahiliyyah (ignorance) and evil, then Allaah brought this good to us, so is there any evil after this good?" He said: "Yes." I said: "And is there any good after that evil?" He said: "Yes, but it will be tainted." I asked: "What will taint it?" He said: "A people guiding others with other than my Sunnah, you will approve of some (of their actions) and disapprove of others." I asked: "Then is there any evil after that good?" He said: "Yes! Callers to the Gates of hellfire, whoever responds to them in that will be thrown into it." I said: "O Messenger of Allaah! Describe them to us." He said: "They will be from our own people and speak our language." I said: "What do you order me to do if that should happen in my own lifetime?" He said: "Stick to the Jamaa'ah (united body) of the Muslims and their Imaam." I said: "What if they do not have a united-body nor an Imaam?" He said: "Then keep away from all those sects even if you have to bite upon the root of a tree, until death overtakes you and you are in that state."

 

Related by al-Bukhaaree, No. 7084 & Muslim, No. 1847

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The Salaf brother Mansoor are the First 3 generations which is a period of almost 300 years because some scholars have said that a generation = 75 to 100 years .

 

Ibn taymiyyah In His majmoo' fatawa vol 10 on the Chapter of Sayyid Abdul Qadira Jaylani ÑÖí Çááå Úäå calls the Fifth century hijri the late salaf .

 

So the Khalaf ( translated the Ones who followed ) are those who came after this period .

 

Shukran

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Already finished it :D

 

the part u posted was a Typo sorry :D

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