Bismillahi Rahmani Raheem
Allahumma Swalli Ala Sayyidina Muhammadin wa Ala Aali Sayyidina Muhammadin wa Sallim
Madad Ya Sahibul Saif Madad Ya Sultanul Awliya
It is an irrefutable commandment in Quran and Sunnah to follow Imams and Shaykhs (leaders of the Muslims). Misguided groups does not follow Imams, however, those who say they follow Imams , they do not accept the Imams and Main body whole heartedly and completely. They choose to follow some and at the same time, they have malice hatred against some other Imams of Islam.
The Salafis who attack Sufis and Ahlu Sunnah, claim that following Imams is shirk and bidha!, but we can see 100s of Hadith which speaks about Muslim world awaiting Imam Mahdi (alaihissalam). If following Imams is shirk and bidha, how can there be Imam Mahdi (alaihissalam) in Islam.
The opponents of those who follow Imams quote the Quran verse from Sura Ma’dha verse 5
“This day, those who disbelieved have given up all hope of your religion, so fear them not, but fear Me. This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion. But as for him who is forced by severe hunger, with no inclination to sin (such can eat these above-mentioned meats), then surely, Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (5:3)
They also Quote the Hadith: (ref Imam Nawawi 40 hadith)
On the authority of Abu Najeeh al-’Irbaad ibn Saariyah (may Allah be pleased with him) who said:
The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) gave us a sermon by which our hearts were filled with fear and tears came to our eyes. So we said, “O Messenger of Allah! It is as though this is a farewell sermon, so counsel us.” He (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “I counsel you to have taqwa (fear) of Allah, and to listen and obey [your leader], even if a slave were to become your ameer. Verily he among you who lives long will see great controversy, so you must keep to my Sunnah and to the Sunnah of the Khulafa ar-Rashideen (the rightly guided caliphs), those who guide to the right way. Cling to it stubbornly [literally: with your molar teeth]. Beware of newly invented matters [in the religion], for verily every bidah (innovation) is misguidance.”[Abu Dawud] It was related by at-Tirmidhi, who said that it was a good and sound hadeeth.
The Immature and idiotic people, therefore say that, following Imams and Shaykhs, who came after Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam, is Shirk and Bidha!,they say that following their teachings is Innovation etc! They , then quote the verses in Quran and Hadith about pagans and polytheists and Hadith about Muslims imitating the priests from among Christians and Jews as following innovation in regards to following Imams and Shaykhs.
Then they appoint their own versions of Imams instead following the traditional Imams and Shaykhs from a clear and legitimate chain of authority (Silsila) and they also establish their own egoistic versions of groups and sects to follow those made up Imams and Shaykhs who come with a diploma from institutions collaborated or affiliated to the centres of disbelief and hypocrisy!
WHAT DOES QURAN SAYS ABOUT FOLLOWING IMAMS OF THE MAIN BODY?:
Quran 4:59 O you who have believed, obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you. And if you disagree over anything, refer it to Allah and the Messenger, if you should believe in Allah and the Last Day. That is the best [way] and best in result.
It is forbidden to dispute with those who are in authority (Ulool amri), “Amri” is Tawheed, Tawheed is the foundation of Islam, Iman and Ihsan (Foundation of deen), the Khalifa of Muslims, the Imams, the Shaykhs and Awliya Allah, all of them represent “Tawheed”. See Quran 3:18
“Ulool Ilmi” (Quran 3:18) are the Chosen inheritors of “gnosis of God’s Oneness” (thawheed), the Arifeen (inheritors of the spiritual knowledge of God’s Oneness).
They are (Such Scholars who inherit the Spiritual Wisdom of The Oneness of Allah) the heirs of the Prophets as stated in Tirmidhi. The Hadith which says: “Scholars are the heirs of the Prophets”.
Quran 9:119 O ye who believe! Be careful of your duty to Allah, and be with the truthful.
One of the duties to Allah, mentioned together in this verse is to be with the truthful. As Salafists deny the possibility to be with the dead, we emphasise on this verse by saying to follow the Siddiqin (truthful) who live among us as stated in Quran 4:59.
Therefore, it is a commandment from Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala that you must be with the truthful (Siddiqin) and follow them. It is a high station of a Mu’min after the station of the Prophets to be from among”Siddiqin”.
The religion is based on following and taking part in the companionship of the righteous and truthful Imams who are there time to time among the people in each generation.
if there is no such authority as “Ulool amri” (4:59) Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala would not have commanded to obey those who are in authority among you.
Quran 36:21 Follow those who do not ask of you [any] payment, and they are [rightly] guided.
Quran repeatedly saying Muslims to follow those who are guided among them. According to many Hadiths, the guidance and straight path is preserved with Awliya Allah and Ahlul Bayth ((the progeny of the Messenger of Allah alaihiswalathu wa salam)
Hadith jami at-Tirmidi ,Darussalam Publications (Wahhabi publications) Hadith Number 3788: The Messenger of Allah (alaihiswalathu wa salam) said: “Indeed, I am leaving among you, that which if you hold fast to them, you shall not be misguided after me, one of them is greater than the other:The Book of Allah is a rope extended from the sky to the earth, and my family -the people of my house-and they shall not split until they meet me at Hawd, so look at how you deal with them after me” (Sahih)
Tabarani narrates from Abu Dhar, who said: I heard the Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam say:‘The example of my Ahl al-Bait within you is the example of the Ark of Nuh within the nation of Nuh; whoever boarded it was saved and whoever stayed behind was destroyed. It is also the example of the ‘Hitha’ of the Bani Isra’eel.’ [Tabarani in Al-Awsat, Vol. 4, Page 283, Hadith 3506 | Mustadrak al-Hakim, Vol. 2, Page 427, Hadith 3312]
FOLLOWING IMAMS IN HADITH:
عَنْ أَبِي رُقَيَّةَ تَمِيمِ بْنِ أَوْسٍ الدَّارِيِّ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ أَنَّ النَّبِيَّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ: “الدِّينُ النَّصِيحَةُ.” قُلْنَا: لِمَنْ؟ قَالَ: “لِلَّهِ، وَلِكِتَابِهِ، وَلِرَسُولِهِ، وَلِأَئِمَّةِ الْمُسْلِمِينَ وَعَامَّتِهِمْ.”
On the authority of Tameem ibn Aus ad-Daree (ra): The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “The deen (religion) is naseehah (advice, sincerity).” We said, “To whom?” He (ﷺ) said, “To Allah, His Book, His Messenger, and to the leaders of the Muslims and their common folk.” [Sahih Muslim]
IMAM MAHDI IN HADITH:
Abu Nadra reported:” We were in the company of Jabir b. ‘Abdulldh that he said it may happen that the people of Iraq may not send their qafiz and dirhams (their measures of food stuff and their money). We said: Who would be respolisible for it? He said: The non_Arabs would prevt them. He again said: There is the possibility that the people of Syria may not send their dinar and mudd. We said: Who would be responsible for it? He said This prevention would be made by the Romans. He (Jabir b. Abdullab) kept quiet for a while and then reported Allah’, s Messengdt (may peas be upon him) having said There would be a caliph in the last (period) of my Ummah who would freely give handfuls of wealth to thd people wiothout counting it. I said to Abu Nadra and Abu al-‘Ala: DO you mean ‘Umarb. ‘Abd al-Aziz? They said: No (he would be Imam Mahdi.). (Sahih Muslim,Book 41, Hadith 6961)
IMAM AMONG MUSLIMS:
It is narrated on the authority of Abu Huraira that the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) observed: What will be your state when the son of Mary descends amongst you and there will be an Imam amongst you? (Sahih Muslim,Book 1, Hadith 0290)
This Hadiths are enough evidence that “Ahlu Sunna Wal Jamah” the Saved group, will be the people who follow Imams and Main body of Muslims, who continue to follow Imams until day of Judgement!
A GREAT IMAM IN EVERY CENTURY:
Narrated AbuHurayrah (R.A): The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: Allah will raise for this community at the end of every hundred years the one who will renovate its religion for it. Ref: Sunan Abu Dawud 4278
Following Accoridng to Sunnah is to Make BAYAH (Oath of Pledge/Allegiance) and Follow wholeheartedly:
Narrated Abdullah bin Dinar: ‘Abdullah Bin ‘Umar wrote to ‘Abdul Malik bin marwan, swearing allegiance to him: ‘I swear allegiance to you in that I will listen and obey what is in accordance with the Laws of Allah and the Tradition of His Apostle as much as I can.’ (Bukhari Book 92, Hadith 377)
HAZRET ABU HURAIRAH (RADIYALLAHU ANHU) AS IMAM:
Salim bin Hayyan (RA) said: I heard my father say: I heard Abu Hurairah (R.A) say: “I grew up as an orphan and I emigrated as a poor man,and I was hired by the daughter of Ghazwan in return for food and a turn riding the camel. I would gather firewood for them when they stopped to camp and urge their camels along for them by singing when they rode. Praise is to Allah Who has caused His religion to prevail and has made Abu Hurairah an Imam” (Sahih) Sunan Ibn Majah 2445, Darussalam Publications.
SAHABA ALSO MUST FOLLOW IMAMS:
Sahih Bukhari: Narrated Hudhaifa bin Al-Yaman: The people used to ask Allah’s Apostle about the good but I used to ask him about the evil lest I should be overtaken by them. So I said, “O Allah’s Apostle! We were living in ignorance and in an (extremely) worst atmosphere, then Allah brought to us this good (i.e., Islam); will there be any evil after this good?” He said, “Yes.” I said, ‘Will there be any good after that evil?” He replied, “Yes, but it will be tainted (not pure.)” I asked, “What will be its taint?” He replied, “(There will be) some people who will guide others not according to my tradition? You will approve of some of their deeds and disapprove of some others.” I asked, “Will there be any evil after that good?” He replied, “Yes, (there will be) some people calling at the gates of the (Hell) Fire, and whoever will respond to their call, will be thrown by them into the (Hell) Fire.” I said, “O Allah s Apostle! Will you describe them to us?” He said, “They will be from our own people and will speak our language.” I said, “What do you order me to do if such a state should take place in my life?” He said, “Stick to the group of Muslims and their Imam (ruler).” I said, “If there is neither a group of Muslims nor an Imam (ruler)?” He said, “Then turn away from all those sects even if you were to bite (eat) the roots of a tree till death overtakes you while you are in that state.” (Saheeh Bukhari,Book 88, Hadith 206)
Here in the above Hadith which is also narrated by Imam Muslim in his Sahih, states that Sahaba also obliged to follow Imams and Caliphs of the future. They cannot say, we are Sahaba and we follow only Quran and Hadith. As a matter of foolishness, some people claiming they are following Salaf and they detach from the creed of the Imams of the Main body.
The Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam warns :
Bukhari ,Book 88 Hadith 257 Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas: The Prophet (alaihiswalathu wa salam) said, “If somebody sees his Muslim ruler doing something he disapproves of, he should be patient, for whoever becomes separate from the Muslim group even for a span and then dies, he will die as those who died in the Pre-lslamic period of ignorance (as rebellious sinners). (See Hadith No. 176 and 177)
It is rebellion (Kharijism) to follow (as they falsely claim) only Quran and Hadith or only Allah and Prophet (alaihiswalathu wa salam). The legitimate Muslim group who are “Al Jamah” (4:69) who are the only saved sect from among 73 sects, are upon following Quran, Hadith, Imams, Sahaba, Ahlul Bayth and Awliya Allah. Those are the succeeding chain of Ahlu Sunna Wal Jamah.
Muslims are not allowed to follow any groups except those who follow the way of the main body and the way of the Imams, the last Ruler (Caliph) of Main body were Ottoman Sultans. They were followers of Ahlu Sunna WalJamah , traiditonal Hanafi-Sunni-Sufi and they were those who carried the flag of Islam for centuries.
Imams are chosen by Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala through the Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam. It is not to make imams through voting or elections or a Diploma of Islam from Satan!. No Prophets gave diploma of Religion, nor established colleges to train Imams, Islamic leadership was always brought up through spiritual association with Prophets and Truthful Men of Allah (Siddiqin).
Those who claim they are upon the understanding of Salaf Salih (pious predecessors) and tread on a path of foolishness , arrogance and misguidance, let them wake up!.
Quran 17:81 And say, “Truth has come, and falsehood has departed. Indeed is falsehood, [by nature], ever bound to depart.”
Those who are confused about following Imams , Shaykhs and Ahlul Bayth, this information is sufficient for them. But those who deny arrogantly or by following some misguided people blindly, nothing can open their eye, except their fate in the hereafter, when it will be too late for such an opening!
Wa Salamun alal Mursaleen
Walhamdulillahi Rabbil Aalameen
Article by: Jouhar Ali Naqshbandi Al Hassani