Allah Ta’ala made us as one “Ummah” and the “Ummah” represents an unbroken “continuum” until the Day of Qiyamat. Towards the end of his Mubarak (blessed) life, Nabi (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “I have left with you two directives, you will never go astray, as long as you hold onto them (adhere to them strictly) --- the Book of Allah and the Sunnah”.
The question that now begs to be asked:
“For and to who/m was the Book of Allah and the Sunnah left? Was it not for the Sahaba (RA)?”
Undoubtedly it was left to the Sahaba (RA) because the pronoun used in the Hadith is “fi-kum” (with you); referring to the Sahaba (RA).This also indicates to the fact that the best and most accurate translation and explanation (tafseer) of the Noble Quran is that of the Sahaba Kiraam (RA). They were the closest to our beloved Nabi (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) and directly learnt and inherited the true and correct meaning of the Noble Quran.
Additionally, the Sahaba Kiraam (RA) acquired the true understanding of Deen-ul-Islam from Nabi (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam). Surely, without the Sahaba Kiraam (RA)’s contribution to a fuller and more comprehensive understanding of our Deen, where would we be? They also ensured that this “authentic understanding” was successfully transmitted to the generations that followed them.
Without the invaluable and genuine information, reporting, the detailed description of the events in the life of Nabi (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) and the many vivid narrations, our beautiful Deen-ul-Islam --- a truly great gift of Allah Ta’ala --- would be incomplete.
The position of the Sahaba Kiraam (RA) can never be disputed! Neither can their authority ever be disregarded! That the Sahaba Kiraam (RA) ingested, digested and transmitted an inexhaustible volume of “’Ilm-un-Ilaahiyun”, directly from the Mubarak life of Nabi (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) is beyond any and all debate.
This fact alone bears clear testimony to the fact that the Sahaba Kiraam (RA) attained the highest status (after the Prophets AS). No other individual, group, tribe, community or nation will ever compare with the. This elite group’s --- the Sahaba Kiraam (RA)’s -- esteemed and elevated position, authenticated in the Glorious Quran-e-Majeed, shall never ever be compromised.
It is an indelible part of a Muslim’s principle belief (aqeedah) to adore, love and believe in the Sahaba Kiraam (RA) --- the illustrious companions of our beloved Nabi (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam)
Damning doom and destruction is sure to befall ALL those accursed ones who have bad-mouthed and slandered ANY ONE of our beloved Companions (RA)) of our most beloved Nabi-e-Akram, Janaab-e-Muhammad Mustapha (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam).
Darul Ihsan Centre