[8] The Probativeness of the Sunna
by GF Haddad

4. Proofs From The Noble Qur'an For the Probativeness of the Sunna (Continued)

d) Verses that indicate the obligatoriness of obeying and imitating the Prophet -- Allah bless and greet him -- in absolute terms in whatever he orders and whatever he prohibits as the necessary condition for being loved by Allah.

- Allah Almighty and Exalted said: {Say, (O Muhammad, to mankind): If you love Allah, follow me; Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. Allah is Forgiving, Merciful} (3:31). Some people came and said: "Messenger of Allah, verily we love Allah!" whereupon Allah revealed {Say: If you love Allah...}.1 Al-Hasan said: "Thereafter, the mark of their love for Him was their adherence to the Sunna."2

- And He said: {Verily in the messenger of Allah you have a good example for him who looks unto Allah and the last Day, and remembers Allah much} (33:21). Al- Qadi `Iyad quoted al-Hakim al-Tirmidhi and other commentators as saying: "Following the examplarity of the Messenger means taking him as one's leader, following his Sunna, and not contravening him whether in speech or in deed."3

- And He said: {The Prophet is closer to the believers than their selves, and his wives are (as) their mothers} (33:6).

- And He said: {Say: If your fathers, and your sons, and your brethren, and your wives, and your tribe, and the wealth you have acquired, and merchandise for which you fear that there will be no sale, and dwellings you desire are dearer to you than Allah and His messenger and striving in His way: then wait till Allah brings His command to pass. Allah guides not wrong doing folk} (9:24).

- And He said: {And lo! you are of a tremendous nature. And you will see and they will see which of you is the demented. Lo! your Lord is best aware of him who strays from his way, and He is best aware of those who walk aright} (68:4- 7).

- And He said: {And ordain for us in, this world that which is good, and in the Hereafter (that which is good), Lo! We have turned unto You. He said: I smite with My punishment whom I will, and My mercy embraces all things, therefore I shall ordain It for those who ward off (evil) and pay the poor due, and those who believe Our revelations; Those who follow the messenger, the Prophet who can neither read nor write, whom they will find described in the Torah and the Gospel (which are) with them. He will enjoin on them that which is right and forbid them that which is wrong. He will make lawful for them all good things and prohibit for them only the foul; and he will relieve them of their burden and the fetters that they used to wear. Then those who believe in him, and honor him and help him, and follow the light which is sent down with him: they are the successful} (7:156-157).

- And He said: {And when you said unto him on whom Allah has conferred favor and you have conferred favor: Keep your wife to yourself, and fear Allah. And you did hide in your mind that which Allah was to bring to light, and you did fear mankind whereas Allah had a better right that you should fear Him. So when Zayd had performed the necessary formality (of divorce) from her, We gave her unto you in marriage, so that (henceforth) there may be no sin for believers in respect of wives of their adopted sons, when the latter have performed the necessary formality (of release) from them. The commandment of Allah must be fulfilled} (33:37).


1Narrated from al-Hasan and Ibn al-Jurayj by al-Tabari in his Tafsir (3:232) and al-Qurtubi in his (4:60).

2Narrated by al-Lalika'i in Sharh Usul I`tiqad Ahl al-Sunna (1:70).

3In al-Qadi `Iyad, al-Shifa' (2:7).

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