It is common for most muslims to utter their love for their Prophet Muhammad , but yet when it comes to following his guidance, they hesitate and choose to follow anything other than it. Oh muslim! Indeed the Prophet's guidance is the best of mankind for you to follow as he used to say in his khutbah's: "For verily the best speech is the Book of Allaah and the best guidance is the guidance of Muhammad ." (Saheeh Muslim) Our beloved Prophet would repeat these words over and over again in his speeches so as to teach his followers the importance of following his Sunnah. However some muslims choose to follow their opinions and desires over his guidance. For these people we say to them: The Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His messenger is sufficient for us to follow and for all those who choose otherwise, then they have chosen a path that is far astray! The Prophet said: "Verily I have left with you two things, if you hold unto them you will never go astray! The Book of Allaah and my Sunnah!" (Al-Mishkaat 1/66) So therefore, oh muslim, it is incumbent upon you to hold fast onto these two sources: The Qur'aan and the hadeeth of the Messenger of Allaah ; for indeed they complement each other and the Guidance of Allaah would not be complete if one were taken and the other abandoned. Rather they go hand and hand and are equal in their revelation from Allaah, as the Prophet said" "Verily I was sent with the Qur'aan and something equal to it (the Sunnah)." (Ahmad 4/131) So know, oh muslim that the Sunnah is revealed from Allaah Himself as He says: "And we have revealed unto you the reminder (The Sunnah), so that you may explain to mankind what was revealed to them (Qur'aan)" [Soorat-u-Nahl:44] "And he (Muhammed ) does not speak of his own desire, Rather it is a revelation inspired." [Soorat-u-Najam:3-4] Now that you know that the Sunnah comes from Allaah the most High and that it is the best guidance and that those who abandon it and oppose it will be astray and humiliated, as those before them [Soorat-ul-Mujadilah:5], why is it that you continue to shy away from it and neglect it and treat it as if it were of trivial importance in this deen of Allaah ? How much effort have you made to acquire the Sunnah and implement it in your lifestyle ? How much time and wealth have you spent in pursuit of learning the Sunnah? Once again.... Do you love the Sunnah ? If you are a true believer in Allaah and the Last Day then the answer, without a doubt must be "Yes"!!! But what have you done to show your love for it? How have you taken the Messenger of Allaah and his Sunnah as an example for you to follow? Allaah says in His glorious Book: "Indeed in the Messenger of Allaah, you have a good example to follow for him who hopes in (the meeting with) Allaah and the Last Day and remembers Allaah much. "[Soorat-ul-Ahzaab:21]. And He says: "Say: if you (really) love Allaah then follow me, Allaah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allaah is Most-Forgiving, Most-Merciful." [Soorat Aale-Imraan:31]. Indeed knowledge of the Sunnah is not only an obligation on you, oh muslim, but it is a sign of your love for the Sunnah. The Prophet said: "Seeking Knowledge is an obligation for every muslim" (Reported by Al-Baihaqee). Thus we come to learn that what the Prophet meant here is nothing more nor less than Knowledge of the Deen of Al-Islaam. How have you fulfilled this obligation, oh muslim? Do you spend your wealth buying perhaps those things, which may benefit you in this world, or do you spend it buying the authentic statements of the Messenger of Allaah . No Doubt the latter will benefit you in this world and the next! So what are you waiting for, oh muslim ??? Are you waiting for death to come upon you? So that you may be questioned in your grave by the angels? What will you say when they ask you who was your Prophet? Will you be from amongst those who answer with surety? Or will you be from amongst those who will say: "Ah! Ah! I do not know! I do not know!" (Recorded by Ahmad) Receiving a painful torment from the angel carrying the likes of a sledgehammer, pounding it over you and each time crushing you to dust and then your body will be put together again so that you may suffer over and over again! Indeed the punishment in the grave is only the beginning, for the punishment in the hereafter is much more severe. So why not save yourselves from a painful torment? And do not be so confident, for your tongues will not speak for you on that day, but it will be your hearts. As the Prophet said: "Indeed Allaah does not look at your figures and your bodies, but instead he looks at your hearts and your actions." (Riyaad-us-Saaliheen) So why not incline your heart to loving the Sunnah? And why not let your limbs produce those deeds which will be favorable in the sight of Allaah? Indeed these two will never enter between your hands except through knowledge, So go out and


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