Foreword

Those Promised Jannah
November 14, 2018
Chapter One – Who Are The Ahlul Bayt?
November 15, 2018

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Foreword

 

All praise is due to Allah, we praise Him, seek His aid, and ask His forgiveness. We seek refuge in Allah from the evil of our souls and our misdeeds. The truly guided person is one who Allah guides and there is no guide for the person whom Allah has caused to go astray. I bear witness that Muhammad salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam is the Servant and Messenger of Allah.

All praise is due to Allah who has stated in the Qur’an:

 

وَالسَّابِقُوْنَ الْأَوَّلُوْنَ مِنَ الْمُهَاجِرِيْنَ وَالْأَنصَارِ وَالَّذِيْنَ اتَّبَعُوْهُمْ 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.

 

Is there need for any other praise or pleasure after attaining the praise and pleasure of Allah subhanahu wa ta ‘ala? In addition, Allah has made following of the Sahabah a sign of His happiness and guidance.

From amongst the distortions which have slipped into the pages of history is the impression that some wish to cast of a relationship of animosity and rivalry existing between the Sahabah of Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam and the Ahlul Bayt. Whereas their reality is as described in the Qur’an:

أَشِدَّاءُ عَلَى الْكُفَّارِ رُحَمَاءُ بَيْنَهُمْ

Forceful against the disbelievers, merciful among themselves.[1]

 

and as Allah addressed them in Surah al Hadid:

 

وَلِلَّهِ مِيْرَاثُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ لَا يَسْتَوِي مِنْكُمْ مَّنْ أَنفَقَ مِنْ قَبْلِ الْفَتْحِ وَقَاتَلَ أُولٰئِكَ أَعْظَمُ دَرَجَةً مِّنَ الَّذِيْنَ أَنفَقُوْا مِنْۢ بَعْدُ وَقَاتَلُوْا وَكُلًّا وَعَدَ اللَّهُ الْحُسْنٰى

To Allah belongs the heritage of the heavens and the earth? Not equal among you are those who spent before the conquest [of Makkah] and fought [and those who did so after it]. Those are greater in degree than they who spent afterwards and fought. But to all Allah has promised the best [reward].[2]

 

Bearing in mind that Allah does not break His promise. After reading the verse:

 

كُنتُمْ خَيْرَ أُمَّةٍ أُخْرِجَتْ لِلنَّاس

You are the best nation produced [as an example] for mankind.[3]

 

is there any Muslim who will deny the Words of Allah and the hadith of Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam:

The best of people are my generation, then those who are after my generation.[4]

The forerunners (who have been referred to in the verse above) refers to the Muhajirin and Ansar (as explicitly mentioned) whether they be from the Ahlul Bayt or the Companions of Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam. They are the brave conquerors and brothers belonging to one family. By Allah, there was only love, honour, and mutual praise between them. Their closeness, relationship by marriage, assisting each other in establishing the din of Allah, aiding the Rasul of Allah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, and striving against the disbelievers is known to every person. Therefore all the Sahabah were noble and virtuous people. Any intelligent person who wishes to preserve his faith should refrain from abusing them or absolving himself from the noble Companions of the Messenger salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam.

In the following pages we present a number of narrations of the reciprocal praise the Ahlul Bayt and Sahabah mentioned in each other’s favour, giving us a true reflection of the love and admiration they had for each other. How could this not be when the Sahabah had before them the bequest Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam made in Ghadir Khum[5] regarding his Ahlul Bayt, “Remember Allah when dealing with my Ahlul Bayt. Remember Allah when dealing with my Ahlul Bayt,”[6] mentioning it three times.

 

In a similar manner the Ahlul Bayt radiya Llahu ‘anhum appreciated the assistance the Sahabah gave for this din and their emigration from their homeland and loved ones; all for the advancement of the din and to aid the Messenger salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam.

May Allah bless us with love for them and the ability to follow them. May Allah gather us with the Companions of the Messenger salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam in the highest stations of Jannat.

 

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[1] Surah al Fath: 29

[2] Surah al Hadid: 10

[3] Surah Al ‘Imran: 110

[4] Sahih al Bukhari, #3450, Chapter on the virtues of the Sahabah.

[5] Ghadir Khum is the name of an oasis located approximately 250 km from Makkah on the way to Madinah.

[6] Sahih Muslim, # 2408, chapter on the virtues of ‘Ali.

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