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If that was the status of the Sunnah and this is its importance, its denial, violation, tampering with it, doubting its authenticity, feigning of lies around it, which is what the deviant parties sought in the past, and the deviants seek latterly. All of that is considered a very serious matter, as that has the consequence of opening doors of evil, which tear down the structure of Islam, and that is for the following reasons:

Firstly: that the legal provisions of fundamental knowledge (beliefs), their elucidation and details depend on the Sunnah after the Quran and with it. Denial of the Prophetic Sunnah threatens doctrines with deficiency and ambiguity. It prejudices that which concerns divinities, prophecies, aural traditions and other that that from the issues of faith. Does a religion get established on deficient and ambiguous doctrines?!

Secondly: the elimination of the principles of practical legal provisions, (the principles of Islamic jurisprudence); because this science addresses the evidence upon which provisions are formulated. Fundamentalists have agreed, by consensus, that the Sunnah is the second source of Islamic legislation, and based on this, denial of the Sunnah makes the Islamic jurisprudence at the mercy of the winds; due to it not being based on evidence and lacking foundations.

Thirdly: the disintegration of the applied branches of jurisprudence (ideological and comparative) because the bulk of jurisprudential issues and facts are based on the Sunnah of the Prophet, either through elucidation and clarification; such as the times, numbers and modalities of the prescribed prayers, or independently, such as expiation for one who spoils the fast of Ramadan, and the sentences of one who drinks intoxicants and the apostate, and manners, behavior, virtuous deeds and so on.

Fourthly: The distortion of the sciences of the Holy Quran, due to it being based, in many of its cases, on the prophetic Sunnah, and the threat of the science of exegesis, due to it being based, in most of what it is presented with, on the prophetic Sunnah (1).

Thus, the denial of the Sunnah paves the way for doubting the Quran itself, and disrupts the verses that urge and incite to follow His Messenger, peace be upon him, and to take him as a role model, to arbitrate him, to accept his ruling, to favor obedience to him over the obedience to anyone else, so that the nation is left without a legislation of clear features and strong designation; as the principles of legislation and its branches have been exposed to fabrication and boldness.

The slur against the prophetic Sunnah is destruction to Islam in its beliefs, acts of worship, systems, morals, destruction to its unity and a cause of the Muslims lagging behind in the course of civilization.

Professor Mohammed Asad says: "The Sunnah had been a key to understanding the Islamic Renaissance since more than thirteen centuries, so why can't it be the key to understanding our present disintegration? Acting according to the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, is an action to preserve the entity of Islam and its advancement, and forsaking the Sunnah is the dissolution of Islam.

The Sunnah had been the steel frame upon which the edifice of Islam was established, and if you remove the structure of a building, would you be astonished (i.e. surprised) that the building collapses as if it is a house of cards?" (2).

This is what the enemies of Islam are planning for, whether those showing hostility to it, the conspirators against it, or those wearing its cloak in deception and falsehood. But even if they endeavor what they can, they will not reach their desired goal, and sought purpose, but will remain reeling in purposeless confusion in overcast mazes with numerous sprains, difficult to exit, until they die with rage, anguish and hatred; because Allah, the Almighty, Has assigned His care to protect His religion from those who seek to harm it, and to protect its adherents from all those who seek them with evil, as indicated by His saying, the Almighty:

{يُرِيدُونَ أَنْ يُطْفِئُوا نُورَ اللَّهِ بِأَفْوَاهِهِمْ وَيَأْبَى اللَّهُ إِلَّا أَنْ يُتِمَّ نُورَهُ وَلَوْ كَرِهَ الْكَافِرُونَ . هُوَ الَّذِي أَرْسَلَ رَسُولَهُ بِالْهُدَى وَدِينِ الْحَقِّ لِيُظْهِرَهُ عَلَى الدِّينِ كُلِّهِ وَلَوْ كَرِهَ الْمُشْرِكُونَ}

'Translation' {Fain would they extinguish Allah's light with their mouths, but Allah will not allow but that His light should be perfected, even though the unbelievers may detest (it). It is He Who has sent His Apostle with guidance and the Religion of Truth, to proclaim it over all religion, even though the Pagans may detest (it)} [At-Taubah:32-33].
The concern of the bands of transgression -old and new- and their attempts to undermine the pure Sunnah are but like the concern for which Al A'sha said:

Like the one who butted a rock one day to weaken it
He did not hurt it, and weakened the horn of the Ibex

They are, by their transgression, fabrication, abuse, falsification and false pretences, but wronging themselves and their religion:

{وَسَيَعْلَمُ الَّذِينَ ظَلَمُوا أَيَّ مُنْقَلَبٍ يَنْقَلِبُونَ}

'Translation' {And soon will the unjust assailants know what vicissitudes their affairs will take!} [Ash-Shu'ara':227].

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(1) The prophetic Sunnah- Dr. Ahmad Karima, P. 27, 28.
(2) Islam at the Crossroads, p. 87.

Source: Alssunnah Net
 

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