The Lofty Status of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) and the Need to Respect them


Saturday, 30 November 2013 09:43

(Highlights of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee’s majlis - Saturday 23rd November)

Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had secretly discussed among the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) of his plans to attack Makkah Mukarramah. However, Haatib bin Abi Balta’ (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) had sent a letter to the people of Makkah Mukarramah informing them of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)’s intention. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) came to know of this and summoned Hadhrat Haatib. When he came forward, Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) requested permission to slay him as he had divulged the secret plan of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). However, Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) explained that he was a Badri Sahaabi (one who had participated in the battle of Badr) and Allah Ta‘ala had announced the forgiveness of the Badriyyeen. Hence, he should be left. The lesson we learn from here is that the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) may have had their mistakes, but Allah Ta‘ala had announced their forgiveness. Ibnu Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) says that Allah Ta‘ala knew from before that the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) were going to make mistakes, yet He announced their forgiveness and His pleasure for them.

The sign of the progress of this Ummah is that they respect and acknowledge the efforts of the people of the past. Just as our parents are the means of our physical well-being and we will not tolerate the slightest type of disrespect to be shown to them, likewise the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) were the means for our Islamic and spiritual well-being. Hence, we should not allow any type of disrespect to be shown to the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum).

Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) had made it clear to his people who were disbelievers that he is free from them and their ways. After all, the kuffaar don’t imitate us Muslims, so why should we imitate them. Imitating them and leaving our Islamic ways is a sign of suffering from an inferiority complex. When we begin following them then the following things happen:

1. Our values will change

2. Our clothing will change

3. Hayaa and shame will be lost.

4. Eventually we will feel that that there is no harm in marrying them.

Hence, we need to be totally different from them and they should not expect us to follow them. What we are required to do is to stay within the borders and parameters of deen and not go beyond.

An outstanding quality of our pious predecessors was that they were always searching for the truth. They never merely looked at personalities and based on their piety took their actions as the truth. Rather, they understood that the truth lied in the teachings of the Quraan and hadeeth and no matter how pious a personality may be his mere actions do not serve as a criterion for the truth.

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