The Status of The Ahlul-Hadeeth

The Status of The Ahl Al-Hadeeth

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by Haafidh Zubayr Ali-Zai rahimahullāh
Translated by Zulfikar Ibrahim Al-Atharee

“Imaam Ahlus-Sunnah Ahmad Ibn Hanbal said: If this Taa’ifatul-Mansoorah is not Ashābul-Hadeeth, than I don’t know who they are.”

Ibn Hazm on Ahlus Sunnah

The famous scholar of Spain, the 5th century’s Imam Abu Muhammad Ali Ibn Ahmad Ibn Hazm al-Andalusi (d.456 A.H.) may Allah have mercy on him said:

Ahlus Sunnah, whom we called Ahlul-Haq and their opponents as Ahlul-Batil for indeed they (Ahlus Sunnah) are the Sahaba may Allah be pleased with them, Their followers, the best tabi’een may Allah have mercy on them, then the Ahlul-Hadeeth and whoever followed them from the Fuqahaa through the ages till our day today and whoever followed them from the general people from the lands in the east and west may Allah be merciful with them all.

[Kitabul Fisal fil Milal wal Ahwa wan Nihal (Beirut : Maktaba Khaiatt 1321/1903) with the book of Shaharastani ‘Al-Milal’ 2/113; Kitabul Fisal (Beirut : Darul kutubil ‘ilmiyah, 2nd edn. 1420/1999) 1/371. Quoted by Shaykh Asadullah al-Ghalib]

The Status of Imaam Ahmed According To The Muhadditheen (Part 4)

Bishr ibn al-Haarith said:

“(Ahmed) bin Hanbal was entered into a stove, and he came out gold”
[Taareekh Dimashq: 5/307, Chain Hasan]

Imaam Ibraaheem bin Ishaaq bin Ibraaheem bin Basheer al-Harbi rahimahullah (D. 285H) said:

“Sa’eed ibn al-Musayyab in his era (was an Imaam), Sufyaan ath-Thawree in his era (was an Imaam), and Ahmed bin Hanbal in his era (was an Imaam)”
[Hilyat al-Awliyaa: 9/167, Chain Saheeh; Taareekh Baghdaad: 4/417, Chain Saheeh]

Ibraaheem al-Harbi also said:

“I have seen men of the world, but I did not see anyone similar to three men. I have seen Ahmed bin Hanbal; the women are deprived of giving birth to someone similar to him”
[Taareekh Baghdaad: 7/73, Chain Saheeh; Abul Hasan bin Daleel is Ali bin al-Hasan bin Daleel]

Famous Imaam and Faqeeh, Abu Muhammad Ishaaq bin Ibraaheem bin Makhlad al-Handhali al-Marwazi, famous as: Ishaaq bin Rahwayh (D. 238H) said:

“If Ahmed bin Hanbal was not there, and had he not sacrificed his life then (I think) Islaam would have vanished”
[Hilyat al-Awliyaa: 9/171, Chain Hasan]

Abu Ali al-Hasan bin ar-Rabee’ al-Bajali al-Koofi al-Bawraani rahimahullah (D. 220H) said:

“I used to compare Ahmed bin Hanbal to (Imaam) Ibn alMubaarak in shape and character”
[Taareekh Dimashq by Ibn al-Asaakir: 5/299, Chain Hasan]

A narrator of Hadeeth, Muhanna bin Yahya ash-Shaami rahimahullah said:

“I have not seen anyone possessing good qualities altogether than Ahmed bin Hanbal; and I have seen Sufyaan ibn Uyaynah, Wakee’, Abdur Razzaaq, Baqiyyah bin al-Waleed, Damrah bin Rabee’ah, and many other Scholars; but I have not seen anyone similar to Ahmed bin Hanbal in his knowledge, his Fiqh, his Zuhd, and his piousness”
[Hilyat al-Awliyaa: 9/165, 174, Chain Saheeh; Taareekh Dimashq: 5/305, Chain Saheeh]

Note: Muhanna bin Yahya is a Thiqah narrator according to the Jamhoor; therefore he is Hasan ul-Hadeeth. The Jarh of Muhammad bin al-Husayn al-Azdi (who himself is Da’eef) on him is Mardood. For more details, see: Lisaan al-Meezaan (6/108, 109)

Taken from the works of Shaykh Zybayr Ali Zai, translated by Raza Hassan, the book can be downloaded from here

What is Salafiyyah?

Allaah says:

“Indeed in the Messenger of Allaah there is an excellent example for those who seek Allaah and the Last Day and remember Allaah much”

And Allaah says:

“And what the Messenger gives you then take it and what he prohibits you from then abstain from it”

Then after the Messenger of Allaah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) it is an obligation to follow the methodology of the righteous predecessors (Salaf as-Saalih – سلف الصالح) and at the heads of them, the Companions and those who followed them and then those who followed them with righteousness, those whom Allaah said about them:

“And the first to embrace Islaam of the Muhaajiroon (those who migrated from Makkah to Al-Madeenah) and the Ansaar (the citizens of Al-Madeenah who helped and gave aid to the Muhaajiroon) and also those who followed them exactly (in Faith), Allaah is pleased with them and they are pleased with Him”

And following them is that you tread upon their methodology as well as their beliefs because protection is specific to the Messengers (عليهم الصلاة والسلام) and that anyone other than them are not infallible, rather they are subject to mistakes and correctness. However the salaf of this Ummah are not subject to that which came from those came after that, so they are the closest people, rather they are those who desire the most in aspiring to follow the prophetic methodology in statements and details and speech and action and belief. For that, being guided by their guidance and treading their methodology then this is what is required. Allaah says after mentioning some of the Prophets addressing the Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم):

“They are those whom Allaah has guided so follow their guidance”

And for this the Companions and those who followed them and those who came after them from the predecessors of the rightly guided Imaams did not have an expression in the noble generations, they are those who it is an obligation to follow and tread upon their methodology and that as-Salafiyyah is a methodology upright upon the guidance of the Book and the Sunnah.

And I believe that the word, “salafiyyah” or “Ahlus Sunnah” and “Ahlus Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah” or “Firqatun Naajiyyah” (The saved sect), or “at-Taa’ifatul Mansoorah” (the victorious group), or “Ahlul Haqq” (the people of the Truth), then these words are all synonymous and contain one meaning. And it is not that Salafiyyah is an innovation as it is claimed but rather it is a synonymn for these words that I mentioned and it meaning it to take from the Salaf, those who came before. So the intent of the Salaf or the Salaf as-Saalih are those who came foremost from the Imaams of guidance and the religion and those who tread their path of success from the covenant of the Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) to those who came from our scholars in our time. So it is not that salafiyyah is an innovation and it is not that this word is a new word.

And for that we find in the books of the Salaf, and from them Shaykh al-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah and Ibn al-Qayyim and and from before them the guided Imaams, all of them used the word Salaf and followed the salaf and the methodology of the salaf and said “as-Salaf”, and this is the general statement of the Salaf. And this is the statement of the salaf all together and similar to that from the pronunciations that are evident upon the understanding of Salafiyyah. So the meaning of “salafiyyah” is following the the methodology of the Salaf as-Saalih from the Companions and those who followed them and those who followed them in faith, so therefore it is not an innovation and it is not a group from the groups that are formed upon themselves and if they differ with the Book and the Sunnah as it is the care with most of the groups which are found in our time. Therefore the word “as-Sunnah” and “Ahlus Sunnah”, so those who say that the word “Salafiyyah” is an innovation and use as a proof that the word “Salafiyyah” was not present in the time of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) then we say to him that the word “Ahlus Sunnah” in this wording which is used by some of these groups was not present with this wording in the prophetic time, but that which was presented was “Sunnah” and “Jamaa’ah”, these wordings were present in the time of the Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) and what the salaf made clear after that was that these wordings are synonymous with them and they carry the same meaning.

Therefore the statement of the one who says that it is an innovation then there is no doubt that it is merely out of prejudice. We say that if the intent of a person with the word Salafiyyah is to sectify which we find in our time with the groups or calls to that which is not like the Manhaj of the Salaf, then we do not agree with him nor do we accept from him this naming because he wears the garment and he’s not from it. Just as many of the old groups of innovators, many of them saw that they are from Ahlus Sunnah. The Ashaa’irah say that they are Ahlus Sunnah and the Mu’tazilah say that they are Ahlus Sunnah, it is only the Raafidah who say that they do not adopt the word Sunnah and Ahlus Sunnah, but as for the other groups then all of them claim that they are from Ahlus Sunnah. And in conclusion, all these wordings are synonymous in meaning and they all imply one meaning and imply one clear methodology and that is following the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) and his companions without excessiveness and negligence and extremism and laxity in speech and action and beliefs, and the intent is not to sanctify personalities and it is not a problem of personality sanctification in Salafiyyah because the Men are known by way of the Truth and it is not that the Truth is known by way of Men. And Allaah guides to the best path.))

Shaykh Saleh as-Suhaymee
Translated by Akram an-Najdee

The Ahle Hadeeth Movement, What & Why?

Ahle hadith ahl al-hadith movement English translation of the bangla book Ahle hadees Andolon


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by Dr. Muhammad Asadullah Al-Ghalib, Professor of Arabic, University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh.
Translated by Sohrabuddin Ahmad, Assoc. Prof. (Rtd) Dept. of Islamic History & Culture.

Ahle hadeeth movement is the oldest and unadulterated movement among all Islamic movements of the world. To bring the people of the world under the essence of the holy Quran and Saheeh Hadeeth, the puritan movement which has been continued from the age of the honoured Sahabis is called Ahle hadeeth movement. The aim of this movement is to gain the satisfaction of almighty Allah. It’s foundation is only the holy Quran and saheeh Sunnah. Since the 1st publication in July 1979, this book has been rendering a very important role in promoting Ahle hadeeth movement in Bangladesh. The honourable Author has put tremendous effort to do an almost impossible task of consisting a difficult and vast subject in this short book and to hand it over towards the people in lucid and simple language

Usool as-Sunnah / أصول السنة

Usul us-Sunnah English / أصول السنة عربي


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Imaam Ahl al-Sunnah Abu Abdillah Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn Hanbal Rahimaullaah

Edited By Aboo Ibrahim

Shaykh Abu ‟AbdullâhYahyâ ibn Abil-Hasan ibn al-Banna narrated to us saying: My father Abuu ‟Ali al-Hasan ibn ‟Umar ibn al-Bannaa related to us, saying: Abul- Hussain ‟Ali ibn Muhammad ibn ‟Abdullaah ibn Bushrân al-Mu‟addil relatcd to us, saying: ‟Uthmaan ibn Ahmad ibn as-Sammak reported to us, saying: Abu Muhammad al-Husan ibn ‟Abdul-Wahhaab, Abun-Nabr narrated to us, reading it to him from his written copy in the month of Rabi’ul-Awwal, in the year two hundred and ninety-three (293H), who said: Abu Ja‟far Muhammad ibn Sulaiman al-Munqarî, in Basrah, related to us, saying: ‟Abdus ibn Malik al-‟Attar narrated to me, saying: I heard Abu ‟Abdullah Ahmad ibn Hanbal – radiallahu ’anhu – say:

The Fundamental Principles of the Sunnah with us are:

Holding fast to what the Sahaabah (Companions) of the Messenger of Allah were upon.

Taking them [and their way] as a model to be followed.

The abandonment of al-Bid’ah (innovations),

and every Bid’ah is misguidance.

Section on Raising The Hands In The Prayer

Section on Raising The Hands In The Prayer

Juz Raf al-Yadayn in Salaah


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Juzz Rafa al-Yadain fi as-Salah
(Section on Raising the Hands in the Prayer)

Author: Ameerul Mu’mineen in Hadith, Imam
Muhammad bin Isma’eel al-Bukhari rahimahullaah

Tahqeeq and Takhreej done by Shaikh Zubair Ali Zai
Translated by Raza Hassan

Ahlul Hadeeth – An Attributive Name

Ahlul Hadeeth – An Attributive Name

Ahle Hadith – An Attributive Name By Shaikh Zubair Alee Zai


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Ahlul Hadeeth – An Attributive Name & Consensus, 50 Statements Concearning The Ahl al-Hadeeth By Shaykh Zubair Ali Za’ee
Abu Hibban & Abu Khuzaimah Ansaari

Madhab of Ahl al-Hadîth in Fiqh

Madhab of Ahl al-Hadîth in FIqh by Mashoor Salman


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Mashoor Salman
Translated by Abdul-Haq al-Ashanti