...Whoever disobeys me (the Prophet ) will have refused.
Indeed Allaah sent his Prophet with the Qur’aan as a guidance for All mankind and Jinn, however He also sent the noble Prophet with the Sunnah which is also revelation. Some people however, falsely claim that the Qur’aan is the only source of revelation to be followed and the Sunnah is not for us and is invalid today. The following will provide the evidence that the Sunnah is indeed necessary for the understanding of the Qur’aan and that it must be adhered to.
In Islaam; the word ‘Sunnah’ literally means a ‘path’ or ‘way’, it is everything that the Prophet ordered us with and prohibited us from. It includes all his actions, statements and approvals and it must be adhered to until the last day.
Allaah has made following of the noble Prophet a condition for obtaining Allaah's love as He said (which means):
"Say (O Muhammad
to mankind) if you really love Allaah, then follow me and Allaah will
love you and forgive you your sins. And Allaah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful."
Imran (The Family of Imran) Verse 31]
Allaah also says (which means):
"And whosoever Obeys Allaah and His Messenger will be admitted to Gardens under which rivers flow, to abide therein, and that will be great success. And whosoever disobeys Allaah and His Messenger, and transgress His Limits, He will cast them into the fire, to abide therein, and he shall have a disgraceful torment." [Surah An-Nisa (The Women) Verse 13 & 14]
Allaah further says (which means):
"O you who believe! answer Allaah and His Messenger when he calls you to that which will give you life, and know that Allaah comes in between a man and his heart (i.e. He prevents an evil person to decide anything). And verily to him you shall (all) be gathered." [Surah Al-Anfal (The Spoils of War) Verse 24]
The Prophet said (which means):
"I am leaving among you two things, which if you cling to, you will never go astray: The Book of Allaah and my Sunnah. The two will not separate from each other, until you meet me at the Pool (Hawd)." [Takhreejul-Mishkaat (no.186)]
Hence we have been ordered to follow the commands and prohibitions of the Prophet , if this were not to be the case then how would we know how to make wudhu, pray, fast etc... since the full description of these acts are not mentioned in the Qur’aan.
So we have been ordered to follow the commands and prohibitions of the Prophet , if this were not to be the case then how would we know how to make wudhu, pray, fast etc. since the full description of these acts are not mentioned in the Qur’aan.
Allaah has warned us against abandoning the Sunnah, when He says (which means):
"Make not your calling of the Messenger among you as your calling for one another. Allaah knows of you who slip under shelter (of some excuse without taking permission to leave from the Messenger ). And let those who oppose the Messengers commandments (sunnah, orders etc.) beware lest some fitnah (trials, calamities, disbelief, etc.) befall them or a painful torment be afflicted on them." [Surah An-Nur (The Light) Verse 63]
Allaah also says (which means):
"O you who believe! do not forward (a speech or objection) in the presence of Allaah and His Messenger (the Qur'aan and Sunnah), and fear Allaah. Allaah is All-Hearing, All-Knowing." [Surah Al-Hujurat (The Dwellings) Verse 1]
The Prophet has said (which means):
"All of my Ummah will enter Paradise, except whoever refuses." They (the companions ) said: "And who will refuse?" He said: "Whoever obeys me will enter Paradise, and whoever disobeys me will have refused." [Bukhari]
Allaah describes the plight of those who do not Obey Allaah and His Messenger in several places in the Qur’aan, He says (which means):
"On the day when their faces will be tossed about in the fire, they will say, "Woes to us! Would that we had obeyed Allaah and His Messenger!" And they will say, "Our Lord! we obeyed our chiefs and great men, and they lead us astray from the right path. Our Lord! give them double suffering, and banish them utterly from your grace." [Surah Al-Ahzab (The Confederates) Verses 66, 67 & 68]
The Prophet also warned us when he said (which means):
"He who turns away from my Sunnah is not from me." [Bukhari]
Imaam Malik said:
"The Sunnah is like the ark of Nuh (alayhi-salam) whoever embarks upon it is saved and whoever abandons it is destroyed."
The Sunnah of our beloved Prophet is to be followed in all affairs, we must believe as he and his companions believed, pray like them, fast like them, worship like him and act like them. May Allaah enable us to adhere to the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet and grant us salvation through adhering to it. May Allaah guide us to the straight path, that which leads to paradise and away from all those paths that lead to the hell fire, may he prepare us for ‘the day on which there will be no doubt.’
The Clear Path