BENEFITS FROM USOOL SUNNAH 1
Bismillaah Al-Hamdulillaah wa salatu wa salaamu ‘ala rasulullaah
Ahlus-Sunnah, the Salafiyyoon don’t just do Ta’aa, they do Ittiba’
Student ‘Abdul-Ilah Lahmami (hafidhahullaah) – while teaching Shaikh Rabee’s (hafidhahullaah) explanation of Usool-us-Sunnah of Imam Ahmad (rahimahullaah) – said:
“Ahlus-Sunnah wal Jama’ah, the Salafiyyoon don’t just do Ta’aa (obedience), they do Ittiba’ (imitating and precisely following the Messenger of Allaah, salallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). The Sahaaba (radiallaahu ‘anhum) used to do Ittiba’, not just Ta’aa.
With so many of the misguided groups, you hardly find them doing Ta’aa (let alone Ittiba’). If they do Ta’aa, they will fall short in Ittiba’, in imitating the Messenger of Allaah, salallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam.
And one example is the example of ‘Ali (radiallaahu ‘anhu) in the journey (safar). When a person goes on a journey, there is a du’aa for safar. Before that, there is a du’aa (for) Rukub ad-Dabba (mounting upon a beast or) to go on board a transport. It’s a long du’aa that is mentioned in the book Saheeh Kalim at-Tayyib, that when the Messenger of Allaah would go on the transport, he would say: Bismillaah, Al-Hamdulillaah. Subhaanal-Ladhee sakhkhara lanaa haadhaa wa maa kunnaa lahu muqrineen. Wa innaa ilaa Rabbinaa lamunqaliboon. Al-Hamdulillaah, Al-Hamdulillaah, Al-Hamdulillaah, Allaahu Akbar, Allaahu Akbar, Allaahu Akbar, subhaanak Allaahumma innee dhalamtu nafsee faghfir lee, fa-innahu laa yaghfirudh thunooba illaa Anta (In the Name of Allaah. All Praise is for Allaah. Free from any imperfection is He Who has provided this for us, and we could never have had it by our efforts. And verily unto our Lord we are returning. All Praise is for Allaah. All Praise is for Allaah. All Praise is for Allaah. Allaah is Greater. Allaah is Greater. Allaah is Greater. Free from any imperfection are You. Oh Allaah, I have wronged my own soul. Forgive me, for verily none forgives sins but You). [Abu Dawood 3/34, At-Tirmidhi 5/501; Al-Albaani, Saheeh At-Tirmidhi, 3/156]
He [‘Ali, radiallaahu ‘anhu] would mention this [du’aa] and then smile. And they said to ‘Ali, radiallaahu ‘anhu: “why do you smile after saying this (du’aa)?” He said: “I saw the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) smile [after saying this], so I smiled.”
He didn’t know why, but he just [did it out of Ittiba’]: “I saw the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) smile, so I smiled.” This is Ittiba’ (imitating and following the Prophet). The Sahaaba (radiallaahu ‘anhum) loved the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). They didn’t just obey (they followed with precision).
Nowadays, they are looking for rulings (or an excuse not to do it)… [Instead of asking], “did the Prophet do this?,” [they ask] “is it obligatory or mustahab (recommended)?”
Shaikh al-‘Uthaimeen (rahimahullaah) said there is no harm in asking if you want to know the fiqh matter, but don’t ask to reject it, don’t ask to not do it, (saying) “it’s only mustahab (recommended). Khalas (that’s it [I’m not doing it]).” Or “it’s only makrooh (hated).” Ya akhee, you would do something Allaah hates?
We ask Allaah for safety.
So here ‘Ali (radiallaahu ‘anhu) said: I saw the Messenger of Allaah smile after saying this (du’aa for riding a beast or mounting a transport), so I smiled.
They (the sahaaba) went to the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and asked, “why did you smile after saying this?” He (salallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Because Allaah loves those who say it, because he (the slave) knows none can forgive except Him (Allaah). That’s why I smiled.”
[The above tremendous benefit – near the one-hour mark – followed ‘Abdul-Ilah relaying that the correct understanding is in adhering to the text (Qur`an and Sunnah), and in Ittiba’ (following the Messenger, salallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, and his companions and the rest of the Salaf) and leaving off desires.
And it preceded ‘Abdul-Ilah relaying: do not put your intellect before the Deen of Allaah.]
Source: http://www.learnaboutislam.co.uk/2012/07/03/sharh-usool-as-sunnah-shaykh-rabee-abdulilah-lahmami-full-set-free-download/#.URSJC04o7IV —-> Among the points covered in the 4th class were: the Sunnah with us are the athaar (narrations); and the Sunnah explains the Qur`an; and the Sunnah should be given precedence above opinions and intellect; and leaving off desires…
Note: None in this Ummah had a greater understanding of the Religion or a better implementation of the Religion than the Sahaaba, who preserved and relayed the entire Religion – by Allaah’s Permission and Success. The Sahaaba (radiallaahu ‘anhum ajma’een) preserved and relayed every Ayah and every Hadeeth and every command and every prohibition and everyone was so keen and diligent in preserving and following the Prophet’s Sunnah that he memorized the Prophet’s footsteps to the masjid and would follow them en route to the masjid. And examples such as this from the Sahaaba are in abundance. May Allaah be pleased with all of them.
As ‘Abdul-Ilah also mentioned, the solution to every dispute is to return to the Qur`an and Sunnah upon the understanding of the Sahabaa, emphasizing upon the understanding of the Sahabaa.
May Allaah reward Maher Atiyah almaqdasi for transcribing this.