Follow the Sunnah of the Prophet
Allah, the Most High said: “And whatsoever the Messenger gives you, take it, and whatsoever he forbids you, abstain [from it].” [al-Hashr (59):7]
Abu Hurayrah (radiyAllahu‘anhu) that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessing be upon him) said: “All of my Ummah (nation) will enter Paradise except those who refuse.” He was asked: ‘Who would refuse?’ He (peace and blessing be upon him) said: “Whoever obeys me will enter Paradise and whosoever disobeys me, refuses [to enter Paradise].” Al-Bukhari
The notion that the Qur’an is the only source of our religion has become widespread in recent times. The Sunnah (or Ahadith), on the other hand, has become something strange, and most people are confused about its status. It is common to hear people denigrating its importance. They often say: “it is only the Sunnah”, implying that one can take it or leave it. It has become the norm to give preference to the opinions of others over the clear and authentic Sunnah. Some even go as far as denying the Sunnah altogether.
In Islam the Sunnah holds a lofty and unique position – it is revelation from Allah, the Most High, to al Mustafa - the chosen one. Learning and teaching the Sunnah is pivotal to understanding and implementing the religion. Allah, al-Hafidh, has Promised to protect his Religion and has Preserved the Sunnah in its entirety.
The text before you is a compilation of three works of the learned scholar, Imam al-Albani (rahmatullahi alaihi). The first section of the book discusses Ahadith and its importance in Islam. The second treatise answers questions related to the Noble Qur’an and its relationship to the Sunnah, that were posed to the Sheikh and later transcribed into text form. The final text covers the status of the Sunnah and its necessity in order to fully understand the Qur’an and other related issues.
This is an important work for every sincere Muslim who wants to tread the path of the Prophet [peace and blessings be upon him] and his noble companions. In these latter times, there are many issues of confusion. The Sheikh perceived that there was an urgent need to respond, and he has succeeded in addressing and dispelling the doubts.