Sheikh Muhammad Saleh al-Munajjid
It is incumbent to adhere to the understanding of the Salaf, because this way has at its beginning the pious gathering of the Sahabah who took the religion directly from the Messenger of Allah. They were the best of those who understood the teachings and adhered to them in a way that gained the Pleasure of Allah – the Most Gracious.
“And the first to embrace Islam of the Muhajirun and the Ansar and also those who followed them exactly (in Faith). Allah is well-pleased with them as they are well-pleased with Him.” [Soorah At-Tawbah: 100]
The belief of the Sahabah is an example for us to follow, as Allah says in the Qur’an: “So if they believe in the like of that which you believe, they are rightly guided, but if they turn away, then they are only in opposition.” [2:137]
Furthermore, the Qur’aan exhorts us to follow the way of the believers, which is a reference to the way of the Sahabah.
“And whoever contradicts and opposes the Messenger (Muhammad) after the right path has been shown clearly to him, and follows other than the way of the believers. We shall keep him in the path he has chosen, and burn him in Hell – what an evil destination.” [Soorah An-Nisaa: 115]
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