Importance of the Sunnah

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Jumuah, Harare, Zimbabwe. Masjid Al Falaah.

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salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato. smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa Salatu was Salam O Allah Shafi lambier, mousseline Nabina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa

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salam ala de Nova. We praise Allah subhanho wa Taala we send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his entire household, all his companions, may Allah bless them all. And may He bless every single one of us, my brothers and sisters, a prophecy of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was that there will come a time when some people will say that we believe in the Quran, but we stopped exactly upon the Quran we do not want to know about the words of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam known as the Hadith or the Sunnah of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. And no doubt this prophecy has become true and it has been true for a while where people

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have emerged who say we believe in the Quran, we adopt the Quran, we read the Quran, we understand it, but we do not want to know anything besides that foreign whatever is in the foreign we take it what is not in the foreign we don't. So Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam had warned us that they will come a man reclining on his recliner, saying how the Kitab umahi. This is the book of Allah, whatever halaal is mentioned in it, I consider it Helen, what is haram in it, I consider it haram and I do not go beyond this. Now the foolishness of the statement is quite clear. Because the first thing we need to remember, the Quran itself was brought by Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. So

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you can believe a man when he is telling you that this is from Allah, but you're not trusting him when he tells you this is how it is to be explained. This is the most foolish statement ever. If you have, for example, a teacher who has taught you mathematics or physics or anything else, and you are to take it from that particular teacher, known as an honest, upright person, a person who definitely has brought what has resulted in the success of so many people before you in those examinations. And then we say no, I am only going to select this portion of what they've said. And the rest of it. I don't trust them in it, I don't want to believe them in it stuff. This is such a foolish statement.

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But the reality is the number of these people seems to be growing or their voice seems to be coming louder and louder. And for this reason, it is up to us to make clear that we believe not only in the Quran, but in the explanation given by Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and the life that he lived every statement of his his sacred, every movement of his his sacred, every explanation of his his sacred the confirmations of his work absolutely sacred. This is part and parcel of the Sunnah of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. And this is why if you recall last week, I made mention of something important when we spoke about the Quran. And what I said is if we were to follow the Quran

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correctly, it would lead us to the Sunnah of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, clearly Allah says,

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that which the messenger has given you, he has instructed you consider it an instruction and that which he has prohibited you from consider it as a prohibition. Why would Allah subhanho wa Taala say this? Not only that, that verse itself was brought by Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam it came to us through him. So we believe the men when it comes to telling us that this is the part of the Quran, but we don't want to understand the meaning of the same verse. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us. In another instance when it comes to disputes amongst the believers. Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was instructed by Allah subhanho wa Taala the verse came through jabril

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la salaatu wa Salaam to Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam conveyed to us and Allah subhanho wa Taala says, and we believe completely In fact, even those who do not adopt the Sunnah of Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam or who reject the Hadith they confirm that this is a verse of the Quran what is the verse fell out of Mikaela you Muna

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caffee Masha Davina

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Malaya jido v. Fuji him Raja

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Koba Ito you suddenly notice NEMA nay they are not considered true believers until they make you the judge in

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Whatever disputes they have amongst them, and once the decision that you have given has been made clear to them, they will not find in their hearts even a single droplet of animosity towards that particular decision. And those are the believers. So description of the believers, those who when they have a dispute amongst them, they make a ruling based on what was taught by Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. This verse says, if they do not do that, they cannot call themselves true believers. May Allah subhanho wa Taala safeguard us. And on top of that, once the decision has been made, whether it is for us or against us, it is made upon justice upon the teachings of Muhammad

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salallahu alayhi wasallam. In our hearts, we are not allowed to feel even in the least that we've lost something in fact, it is only a win win situation because we would be adopting the Sharia. We will be adopting the law of Allah subhanho wa Taala regarding the disputes amongst us, and that alone is a win that itself is already a win. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us and guide us. And for this reason, you find in Surah Al Azhar, Allah subhanho wa Taala says it in different words, again, these words were brought to us by Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, we trust him when he told us that this is from Allah, so we trust him when he tells us that this is how the explanation

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is Subhana Allah quite simple, quite logical. What is the verse? Allah Subhana Allah Allah says, All American Allah means Mina

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Nevada. Bina, it is not befitting for a true believing male or female, that when Allah subhanho wa Taala, or the messenger peace be upon him have decided something declared something past something that they that they feel in their hearts, that we still have a choice in this regard. The decision has been made, so the true believers feel we have no longer a choice in this regard. Then Allah subhanho wa Taala says, Whoever disobeys Allah subhanho wa Taala. And whoever disobeys the messenger May peace be upon him, they have indeed gone astray quite clearly, quite openly, may Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us from going astray. So, in fact, if we were to move a little bit further, we

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would also come to the explanation of all the basic Pillars of Islam. Let's take a look at the five pillars when it comes to, for example, Salah the prayer that we have five times a day, yes, the Quran has instructed us In brief, to fulfill the prayer, but it is not explained to us the details of the record and what to read in it and the sujood and how to get up into the throttle in the first workout or in the car, the units of salah and what to do exactly thereafter. And for example, in the third and the fourth or God have a follow up or a compulsory prayer and the precise timings and so on precise explanation given by Muhammad Allah Allah, Allah Allah. So those who discount or do not

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believe in the hadith of Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, they are actually eradicating Islam, they are slowly trying to delete the rules of Islam. So they will come to prayer. And they will say, well, you don't need to prostrate because that's not obligatory because it's not in the Quran. And they might even say, you don't need to read Salah you don't need to read Quran when it comes to Salah because it doesn't mention that in the Quran. They will probably even say you don't need to pray five times a day, because the five times a day is not mentioned in the Quran. But these are Pillars of Islam that are necessary necessary in order to enter into the fold of Islam How then can we

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dispute them? So it's common logic, common knowledge and common sense that Subhanallah the explanation of the messenger is the most powerful and the only reliable explanation that is after the revelation of the Quran. And this is why Allah says in the beginning of surah, to Nigel,

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Nigel De La, La La Boku

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allies taking an oath by the stars and Allah subhanho wa Taala says, your companion meaning the messenger my young people.

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Firstly, he is not a stray Marbella. Sahiba komazawa he's not a stray, he has not faltered in any way. And then Allah says wama young tieguanyin However, he does not utter

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Any utterance from his own whims and fancies or desires now to be law. But Allah says in who in law when you have, it is none, which means his utterance. utterances are none other than revelation inspired by Allah subhanho wa Taala. So this is why I started by saying the statements of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam are sacred, they are recorded. And people might argue and say, Well, you know, the Hadith came about 150 years after Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. Such people have not given it a thought. They have not even pondered for a minute there. The fallacy in their statement is quite manifest and clear, it shows their ignorance, because you and I know that

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technology progresses, the system of memorization has changed from time to time, a few years ago,

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we all memorize so many phone numbers, because there was no system that did the job for us. I knew perhaps 100 numbers and maybe even more and long international phone numbers, and I'm sure a lot of us did the same. But then comes the mobile and what did it do? It made us lazy to the degree that I don't even I don't even think we know our own spouses numbers sometimes, let alone our own. May Allah subhanho wa Taala safeguard us? So if someone says, Well, you know what?

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Why didn't they have it in the first place in the mobile phone? We would tell them the mobile phone did not exist at the time. So you are foolish to say that why was it not recorded in the computer chip, or on a CD or perhaps on the computer and what have you, the memory chips and so on, we would tell them that did not exist some time back. But we relied on memory. And it was quite simple. We did not really make blunders when it came to important phone numbers, people had to tell it to you once and you memorized it, because you knew that this is a very important number. So at the time of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. You and I know that Allah says

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Allah has sent to the nation who mostly unelected a messenger from amongst them, unlimited meaning they were not into reading and writing at the time, very few people could actually read and write. So it was not considered something bad, but it was considered an honor and a privilege. If someone could read and write, it was not considered bad if they could not. But if they did, it was considered a privilege. They were looked at a few handful of people. And this is why people relied on memories such that the books have made mention of how they knew their lineage up to 1520 generations back their lineage. If you were to ask what is the lineage of Abu Bakr, Siddiq, or the

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Allahu anhu, the books would make mention of his lineage going all the way back, even to Ibrahim Alayhi, Salam and beyond. And with Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam it would go right back even to Adam la salatu salam. So this is something that they knew it was in their heads, they had it that was the in thing the gigabytes in their heads were being utilized. Unlike us. We don't even know if there's a gigabyte up there. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us it's been replaced by a small nail size, the size of a nail chip. And then we want to start saying why did they record the heartbeat 150 years later, or 100 years later, a century later, common logic. They had it in memory,

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they knew it the day everyone started reading and writing. And the day they started losing a few of those who had memorized it. They then began to gather they gathered the Quran together, they gathered the hadith of Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam together, they put it down and trust me as soon as the next technology or the next latest came out, it was transferred to that so much so that today you have the Quran on your phone and on the apps and you have it on every small little items including the iCloud and whatnot. You can download it anytime, anywhere you out on the globe, it would be foolish for us to say what I'm not going to believe in it because this iCloud did not exist

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100 years back, while the foolish person is He who makes such utterances without thinking and this is why there is no doubt in the sooner Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam it was recorded. The Quran was recorded first because obviously it's the word of Allah subhanho wa Taala and thereafter came the recording of the Sunnah of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. And for your information, it was recorded with such precision that every person who claimed to have a narration of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam or a movement of his that was recorded. Remember this something sacred? If Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam moved his head? It was sacred. It was recorded, they remembered it on

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this occasion he put up two fingers to pan Allah. That's how sacred his entire life was. And Allah says it quite clearly nakada can Allah configure soon in law he has Anna indeed for you. There is a powerful, beautiful example to emulate in that

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Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam you want to live a life of goodness, you want to be happy and content Well here is Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his entire life has been recorded with greatest of precision, follow it and you find success in this world and the next so Subhana Allah, like I said, technology progressed and the recording progressed we are utilizing today as muslimeen, something that was never utilized before. Trust me next year, if something new comes up, we will be using it again. Do you recall the days of the ordinary cassettes, the audio cassettes, some might still have an audio player today try and tell the youngsters we have a cassette? They have actually

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told me what is that we have to now explain to them what it is, you know, there was a cassette with a little bit of a ribbon and so on. So panela technology has progressed such that very soon we won't even be using CDs, that does not mean that we find error in what was recorded from the time of Muhammad Sallallahu sallam. So the point I was raising everyone who claimed to have even a little bit of what Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam his life had in it had to present their credentials. Who are you? Where did you learn from what happened? And where are the witnesses or the people who know you and people would know that this man definitely heard from such a person who heard from such

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a person and they heard from Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam or they met him. If there was a discrepancy in the meeting, it was discounted, meaning their narration was discounted. If there was a discrepancy in the wording, for example, and some had to dispute it, it was discounted and so on. To this day, it is quite easy to distinguish between narrations that are correct and authentic and those which are fabricated, it is quite easy for those who would like to learn May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us the minimum and that is the adoption of whatever we know of the hadith of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi salam and the fact that we believe in the Quran as well as the Sunnah of Muhammad

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Sallallahu sallam, and obviously we also believe that there is an explanation of the Sahaba of the Allahu anhu that is of utmost importance wherever we don't find that which is self explanatory in the Hadith or in the Quran. It's important for us, for us to ask those with knowledge. And this is why Allah subhanho wa Taala says, first ello

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la de la luna,

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it was

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asked those who have knowledge, ask those who have the remembrance who have knowledge, if you are uncertain regarding revelation that Allah Subhana Allah has revealed and the clear cut signs or the verses so we are to ask those with knowledge in order to get an answer. Now I have a question. And that is,

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if you are to ask a knowledgeable man in your midst, regarding a religious issue that you have a question about, and you will trust Him, surely we would have to trust Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam there is no comparison between the two people are ready to trust a man who is in their midst today when he tells them this is how you should read salah and they are telling you that we are not going to adopt the Hadith Come on. So can Allah the man who came with the revelation, we want to discount what he said and the person you asking in front of you generations later you want to adopt what he is now coming to say May Allah subhanho wa Taala safeguard us. So there is a lot

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that would prove that the error in the statement of those who would like to find fault in the hadith of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and I have chosen this day. Very importantly because we have now entered the month of Asia, a very important month. It is important for us to increase our rabada It is important for us to try our best to gain closeness to Allah subhanho wa Taala the Hadith says Mama yaman allama masala cofina illallah Haman had Elijah, they are no days of the year where in good deeds are more loved by Allah subhanho wa Taala than these 10 days of good Egypt. So you want to do good deeds, do a lot of good deeds, your kindness to your family to everyone else,

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your goodness, your Salah your extra bad debt if you would like to fast and so on the reward of fasting on the day of alpha which is the ninth day of the danger. The reward is such that you would have the forgiveness of sins committed in the past year and one duration says even in the coming year or the present year. How powerful is this? But there are people who find fault in these narrations because they say look, I adopt the Quran but there's nothing mentioned about this in the Quran. While I as I've started I would like to end by saying if that is the case, it is as good as saying I'm not following Islam because the Quran Yes, as much as everything has been made clear in

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the Quran. Through the explanation of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in the Hadith, and in his statements, he was the living example. And this is why I shall be alone. And I was asked once that tell us

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About the character of Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, do you know what she said? this hadith in Sahih Bukhari hadith of Telangana, she says, kind of Foucault. Imagine if I were to ask you, what is this? This man's character? Can you please tell me more about it? We would expect someone to sit down and to explain to us you know, he did this and he did that she had one word. She said his character was the Quran. He was a living Quran Subhana Allah which means he knew best how to fulfill it. So we need to take from that may Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us all and grant us all goodness, May He grant us forgiveness in these beautiful days my brothers and sisters, spend the moment Today's a

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Friday. It is the ledger it is a powerful month it is actually the month of Hajj, believe me it is about time we spent moments to look into our hearts to remove hatred, jealousy, enmity, envy, whatever dirty qualities we have, take him out. Learn to love one another for the sake of Allah. We may have differences we may have a few disputes, but that should not undermine the connection we have for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala it's about time we rekindle the Brotherhood of Islam, The Sisterhood of Islam these patties mean nothing let's get to the earth here. If Allah is happy with us and pleased with us, inshallah we will be granted gentlemen, may Allah grant that to us was

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on Allahu wa salam ala nabina Muhammad