Foreword

Imamah: Imam Zaynul ‘Abidin Ali ibn Husayn
May 25, 2018
Preface
June 13, 2018

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Foreword

By Mabarrat al Al wa al Ashab

 

All praises are due to Allah subhanahu wa ta ‘ala. We glorify Him, seek His assistance, and seek His clemency. We seek protection in Allah subhanahu wa ta ‘ala from the evil of our actions and selves. The one He guides cannot be misled. The one He misleads cannot come unto guidance. I bear witness that there is no god besides Allah subhanahu wa ta ‘ala, He is alone without any partner and I bear witness that Muhammad salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam is His Servant and Messenger.

The most truthful of speech is undoubtedly the Book of Allah subhanahu wa ta ‘ala and the ultimate guidance is that of Muhammad salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam. The most wicked of affairs are heretical doctrines. Every heretical doctrine is bid’ah[1]. Every bid’ah is misguidance and misguidance leads to hell fire.

Recollection of the pure lives of Sahabah radiya Llahu ‘anhum and awareness of the demands of love and closeness to our Creator through the lessons learnt from their lives and legacy has perhaps been lost on the Muslim. More worrisome though, is the sentiment of substituting sources of true knowledge; Qur’an, Sunnah, and guidance of the pious predecessors. The unmindful have given way to unworthy sources in attaining the reality.

Take solace from the pristine sources, the Qur’an and hadith, which bear testimony to this era of individuals who have become a yardstick to humanity. Allah subhanahu wa ta ‘ala handpicked them to be the Companions of Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, the best of the Prophets.

 

وَالسَّابِقُوْنَ الْأَوَّلُوْنَ مِنَ الْمُهَاجِرِيْنَ وَالْأَنصَارِ وَالَّذِيْنَ اتَّبَعُوْهُم بِإِحْسَانٍ رَّضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُمْ وَرَضُوْا عَنْهُ وَأَعَدَّ لَهُمْ جَنَّاتٍ تَجْرِيْ تَحْتَهَا الْأَنْهَارُ خَالِدِيْنَ فِيْهَا أَبَدًا ۚ ذٰلِكَ الْفَوْزُ الْعَظِيْمُ

And the first forerunners [in the faith] among the Muhajirin and the Ansar and those who followed them with good conduct – Allah is pleased with them and they are pleased with Him, and He has prepared for them gardens beneath which rivers flow, wherein they will abide forever. That is the great attainment.[2]

 

إِنَّمَا يُرِيْدُ اللَّهُ لِيُذْهِبَ عَنكُمُ الرِّجْسَ أَهْلَ الْبَيْتِ وَيُطَهِّرَكُمْ تَطْهِيْرًا

Allah intends only to remove from you the impurity [of sin], O people of the [Prophet’s] household, and to purify you with [extensive] purification.[3]

 

It is no wonder that Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam would praise them thus:

 

خير الناس قرني ثم الذين يلونهم ثم الذين يلونهم

The best people are those of my era, then those who are after them and then those who are after them[4]

 

The generation following the Companions, the Tabi’in, called towards following their footsteps, realising their lifestyle and perspectives. Some of the Tabi’in would opine, loving and recognising their excellence is divine tradition, whilst others would establish it to be complusory. From amongst the pious predecessors we find those who would instruct their children on the love of the Sahabah radiya Llahu ‘anhum just as one would instruct a child on a chapter of the Qur’an.

This book that lay ahead of us, authored by Sheikh Hassan al Hussaini, paints an accurate picture of this sentiment.

Mabarrat al Al wa al Ashab presents this treatise with the hope of spurring individuals on to follow the trail of these august personalities together with correcting the improper thoughts that resonate with some unfortunate ones. It is not far fetched that Allah subhanahu wa ta ‘ala ready such persons who will tread their path, bringing back to its former glory the ummah which has been ravaged by its enemies.

We hymn your praise and attest to your purity O Allah. I testify there is no god except Allah. I seek your forgiveness and return to you. Peace and salutations be upon Muhammad, his family and his Companions.

We end by saying; all praises are due to Allah subhanahu wa ta ‘ala the lord of the worlds.

 

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[1] Innovation in religious matters.

[2] Surah al Tawbah: 100

[3] Surah al Ahzab: 33

[4] Sahih al Bukhari. Hadith: 2509

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