Accepting the Truth, by Shaikh Muhammad Bin ‘Abdullah Al Imaam (hafidhahullaah)


The truth centers around and is based upon the Messenger (sallAllaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) and that which he was upon as well as that which the companions (radi Allaahu ‘anhum) were upon and not other than them.

This statement of Shaikhul Islaam (rahimahuAllaah) is a great principle from the principles that we must have concern for, tread upon, seek it, call to and defend it.

Thus, whoever wants to be with and upon the truth must look to where the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) was (with regards to all issues). If he/she is called to something (before acting on it) they must (first) search for the proof which came from the Messenger (sallAllaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam).

(They must ask themselves), is this thing that I’m being called to from the Messenger (sallAllaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam)? (By acting upon this) am I going to be in the same rank that the Messenger (sallAllaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) is in? Am I going to be in the same direction as the Messenger (sallAllaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam)? This is (important) because if you are in a different direction from the Messenger (sallAllaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) this constitutes enmity, opposition, fighting against and turning away from the Messenger (sallAllaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam); especially if an individual intentionally chooses to be in a different direction from the Messenger (sallAllaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam).

They must also research and seek out that which the Salaf were upon. This is because you have those who come with false and erroneous interpretations; falsely claiming that “such and such was meant,” “the Messenger (sallAllaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) was like this,” “this is really like that (and so on).” So look to that which the Salaf As-Saalih [righteous predecessors (Sahabaah)] were upon. This is because they were saved from innovations and misguidance. They were firmly reared and established upon the truth, accepting it, acting in accordance to it, treading upon its way, calling to it, exerting themselves in its path and sparing no effort due to the truth.

So if an individual says, “Allaah says this and the Messenger (sallAllaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) says that, which really means this,” ask him, “where are the Sahaabah? Were they involved in that which you are involved in?”

Therefore, glorifying the truth and returning to it is the characteristic of everyone who is sincere, pure in intent, covetous of the truth, truly desiring it; thus placing it before oneself, wealth, close relatives, loved one, and even the most affluent men of his and of previous times.