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NO EXCUSE TO DEVIATE



By

Ibn Abdillah As-sudaisiy Al-Iloori


The truth is that if our forefathers had had the opportunity of knowing what we now know today in term of truth, perhaps, many of them wouldn't have done some of what they did the way they did them. They could have corrected their mistakes. But their knowledge was limited and Allah would judge them based on that. May Allah forgive them and have mercy on them. In the modern day, a Muslim can sit in his room and have access to finest Islamic materials all pointing to the importance of taoheed and strict adherence to the prophetic Sunnah. 


So, there is no excuse for any of us not to follow the authentic Islam. Anyone who insist on the ways of our babas in this era is only doing injustice to himself because on the Day of Judgment, his taqleed (blind following) of his forefathers would put him into serious problems. His defence that he followed Baba so and so will not assist him because those babas were past generations, they would be judged based on what they knew and practised and we would judged by what we know and practise today. Allah says:


تِلْكَ أُمَّةٌ قَدْ خَلَتْ ۖ لَهَا مَا كَسَبَتْ وَلَكُمْ مَا كَسَبْتُمْ ۖ وَلا تُسْأَلُونَ عَمَّا كَانُوا يَعْمَلُونَ


That was a nation which has passed on. It will have [the consequence of] what it earned, and you will have what you have earned. And you will not be asked about what they used to do. [Surat Al-Baqarah 134, Sahih International]


This verse shows that it is dangerous for anyone in this time of Our's to hang his Islam upon what those babas did in their own time with their limited knowledge. We should all hang our Islam upon the Sunnah of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم as understood and practised by his Companions رضي الله عهم. Anything short of this is misguidance. May Allah save us from it. Allah does not recognize any of our forefathers in any of the texts (Qur'an and Sunnah). He سبحانه وتعالى only recognize the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم and his Companions رضي الله عنهم in many verses of the Qur'an and hadiths. They are the ones to be followed in order to excel in the practice of Islam. Whoever fails to pick his religion from them has missed the way and there would not be any excuse for him on the Day of Judgment.


 

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