...And Hold On To The Rope Of Allaah - Obedience, Submission And Sincerity

14 September 2010

By Alh-Ikhwah Al-Mujahidun

From: Shaykh Alee Raazi At-Tuwayjaree حفظه الله

And Ibn Taymiyyah رحمه الله as he said in Minhaj As-Sunnah "The Rope of Allaah is Al-Islaam and obedience, and submission, and sincerity, and holding fast and being firm and being with the Jama'ah"

And this is true. The Qur’aan has ordered with Islaam, and obedience, and submission, and sincerity, and holding fast, and the Jama'ah. And the truth of all this goes back to al-Ikhlaas: having complete sincerity to Allaah سبحانه و تعالى and this is taken from the Sahaaba, and the Tabi'een, and those who followed them in righteousness (as-Salaf-us-Saalih).

And it is narrated from Ibn Jareer in his Tafsir from Qataadah رحمه الله that he said about this Aayah:

وَلاَ تَفَرَّقُواْ وَاذْكُرُواْ نِعْمَتَ اللّهِ عَلَيْكُمْ

{...and be not divided among yourselves, and remember Allâh's Favour on you...} [Aal-'Imraan 3:103] 

عن قتادة: ولا تفرّقوا واذكروا نعمة الله عليكم إنّ الله عز وجل قد كره لكم الفُرْقة، وقدّم إليكم فيها، وحذّركموها، ونهاكم عنها،
ورضي لكم السمعَ والطاعة والألفة والجماعة، فارضوا
لأنفسكم ما رضى الله لكم إن استطعتم، ولا قوّة إلا بالله

"He warned against splitting and prohibited it. And He ordered with listening and obeying and love between each other and holding fast to the Jama'ah and being upright.
And there is no power or might except with Allaah."
The Shaykh حفظه الله mentioned that we will be talking about the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم on certain points using evidences from the Qur'aan and the Sunnah (related to the affair of holding fast to the Rope of Allaah).

The points to be focused upon on are as follows:

Firstly: Holding fast to the Qur'aan using proofs from Qur'aan

Secondly: Holding fast to Qur'aan by using proofs from Sunnah

Thirdly: Holding fast to the Sunnah by using the Aayaat from the Qur'aan

Fourthly: Holding fast to the Sunnah using the Ahadeeth as proof then bringing the Aayaat in warning against contradicting the Qur'aan and Sunnah.

So we will be using Ahadeeth and Aayaat to prove the danger of contradicting the Qur'aan and the Sunnah.

Proofs from the Qur’aan

And from the proofs from the Qur'aan for holding on to the Qur'aan:

كِتَابٌ أَنزَلْنَاهُ إِلَيْكَ مُبَارَكٌ لِّيَدَّبَّرُوا آيَاتِهِ وَلِيَتَذَكَّرَ أُوْلُوا الْأَلْبَابِ

{(This is) a Book (the Qur'aan) which We have sent down to you, full of blessings, that they may ponder over its Verses,
and that men of understanding may remember.}
[Saad 38:29]
And Allaah سبحانه وتعالى says:

وَهَـذَا كِتَابٌ أَنزَلْنَاهُ مُبَارَكٌ فَاتَّبِعُوهُ وَاتَّقُواْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُرْحَمُونَ

{And this is a blessed Book (the Qur'aan) which We have sent down, so follow it and fear Allaah (i.e. do not disobey His Orders),
that you may receive mercy (i.e. saved from the torment of Hell).}
[al-An'aam 6:155] 

إِنَّ هَـذَا الْقُرْآنَ يِهْدِي لِلَّتِي هِيَ أَقْوَمُ وَيُبَشِّرُ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ الَّذِينَ يَعْمَلُونَ الصَّالِحَاتِ أَنَّ لَهُمْ أَجْرًا كَبِيرًا

{Verily, this Qur'aan guides to that which is most just and right and gives glad tidings to the believers (in the Oneness of Allaah and His Messenger
Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم), who work deeds of righteousness, that they shall have a great reward (Paradise). }
[al-Israa 17:9] 

فَإِمَّا يَأْتِيَنَّكُم مِّنِّي هُدًى فَمَنِ اتَّبَعَ هُدَايَ فَلَا يَضِلُّ وَلَا يَشْقَى

{Then if there comes to you guidance from Me, then whoever follows My Guidance he shall neither go astray nor shall be distressed.} [TaaHaa 20:123] 

وَمَنْ أَعْرَضَ عَن ذِكْرِي فَإِنَّ لَهُ مَعِيشَةً ضَنكًا وَنَحْشُرُهُ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ أَعْمَى

{But whosoever turns away from My Reminder (i.e. neither believes in this Qur'aan nor acts on its teachings), verily, for him is a life of hardship,
and We shall raise him up blind on the Day of Resurrection.}
[TaaHaa 20:124] 

قُلْ إِنَّمَا أَتَّبِعُ مَا يِوحَى إِلَيَّ مِن رَّبِّي هَـذَا بَصَآئِرُ مِن رَّبِّكُمْ وَهُدًى وَرَحْمَةٌ لِّقَوْمٍ يُؤْمِنُونَ ~ وَإِذَا قُرِئَ الْقُرْآنُ فَاسْتَمِعُواْ لَهُ وَأَنصِتُواْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُرْحَمُونَ

{Say: "I but follow what is revealed to me from my Lord. This (the Qur'aan) is nothing but evidences from your Lord, and a guidance and a mercy for a people who believe." ~ So, when the Qur'aan is recited, listen to it, and be silent that you may receive mercy [i.e. during the compulsory congregational prayers when the Imaam (of a mosque) is leading the prayer (except Surah Al-Faatihah), and also when he is delivering the Friday-prayer Khutbah]. } [al-A'raaf 7:203-204]
And these are the meanings of what is in the Qur'aan.

Proofs from the Sunnah

The Shaykh حفظه الله went on to say: “As for the proofs from the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah, صلى الله عليه و على آله و سلم is what is narrated in Saheeh Muslim:

وقد تركت فيكم ما لن تضلوا بعده إن اعتصمتم به كتاب الله

"...I have left among you the Book of Allaah, and if you hold fast to it, you would never go astray..." [7]
And he said:

وأنا تارك فيكم ثقلين أولهما كتاب الله فيه الهدى والنور فخذوا بكتاب الله واستمسكوا به هُوَ حَبْلُ اللَّهِ
مَنْ اتَّبَعَهُ كَانَ عَلَى الْهُدَى وَمَنْ تَرَكَهُ كَانَ عَلَى

"I have left two things, the Book of Allah, it is guidance and light so take from it and hold fast to it and it is the Rope of Allah,
whoever sticks to it will be guided, whoever leaves it will be misguided and go towards destruction."
And Tabaraanee narrated in his Kabeer in Saheeh at-Targheeb from `Alee ibn Abi Taalib رضي الله عنه that the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم came out to us one day and he was frightened, and he said:

أطيعوني ما كنت بين أظهركم وعليكم بكتاب الله أحلوا حلاله وحرموا حرامه رواه الطبراني في الكبير

"Be obedient to me as long as I am with you, and upon you is holding onto to Book of Allaah to make halaal what it has made halaal
and to make haraam what it has made haraam."

In Imam Malik's Muwatta , and also found in al-Haakim and declared Hassan by al-Albaanee رحمه الله that he صلى الله عليه وسلم said:

تركت فيكم أمرين لن تضلوا ما إن تمسكتم بهما: كتاب الله وسنتي ولن يتفرقا حتى يردا على الحوض

"I have left behind amongst you two things, the Book of Allaah and my Sunnah, and they will not be separated from each other until you meet me at the Pond (al-Hawd)
[the river that the Messenger of Allah, صلى الله عليه و سام will be given on the
Day of Judgement]."
Tabaraanee narrated from Abee Shurayh al-Khuzaa’ee that the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سام said:

إن هذا القرآن سبب طرفه بيد الله وطرفه بأيديكم فتمسكوا به فإنكم لن تضلوا ولن تهلكوا بعده أبدا
الطبراني في الكبير بإسناد جيد

This Qur'aan is like a rope, one side is with Allaahسبحانه و تعالى and the other side is with you, so hold on fast to it so that you may be guided.
So if you hold to it you will never go astray and you will not be destroyed.




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