Creed of Ahl-as-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah regarding Ahl-al-Bait


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الحمد لله رب العالمين والصلاة والسلام  على رسوله المصطفى الأمين

وآ له وصحبه ومن أتبعهم بإحسان إلى يوم الدين


In the name of Allah Most Beneficent Most Merciful

All praise is for Allah the Exalted and may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon His Messenger Muhammad and his family and companions and all those who follow them and their way until the Day of Resurrection


The Summary of the Faith and Creed of Ahl-as-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah regarding Ahl-al-Bait

The creed and faith of Ahl-as-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah is always between the two extremes, the extremities of laxity and negligence and the extremities of severity and harshness, in all issues and affairs of creed and faith and similarly concerning Ahl-al-Bait ir-Rasool, peace and blessing be upon him. They ally with every believer man and woman of the descendents of Abdul-Muttalib and also all the wives of the Prophet, peace and blessing be upon him. They love and praise all of them and respectfully give them the special status reserved for them with justice and impartiality, not with false desires and capriciousness. They acknowledge the merits and virtues of each of them, those whom Allah has blessed to have both, the merits of faith in Allah and those of noble birth and lineage.  So the ones who are also of the companions of the Prophet, peace and blessing be upon him, are loved by Ahl-as-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah for the merits of their faith, their fear of Allah, their companionship with the Prophet, peace and blessing be upon him, and for their close relationship with him.

Those who are not of the companions of the Prophet, peace and blessing be upon him, are loved for the remaining three reasons: for the merits of their faith, their fear of Allah, and for their close relationship with him. Ahl-as-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah deem that the virtue of their noble birth and lineage is dependent upon their faith and fear of Allah, and therefore whoever has gathered them together has gathered two great virtues and whoever has not been guided to have faith in Allah then his noble lineage will not benefit him anything. Allah the Almighty and Majestic said:

{إِنَّ أَكْرَمَكُمْ عِندَ اللهِ أَتْقَاكُمْ }

“Verily the noblest of you are those who have the most piety and God-consciousness.”  And in a lengthy narration we find:

ومَن بطَّأ به عملُه لَم يُسرع به نسبُه

“…and those that go slow in their deeds will not be helped by their lineage to go fast.” Ibn Rajab, may Allah’s mercy be upon him, said in his book “Jaam’e-al-Uloom wal-Hikam” (p.308) in explanation of this narration: “This means that deeds are what makes a person attain the higher degrees of the Hereafter, as Allah the Exalted said:

{وَلِكُلٍّ دَرَجَاتٌ مِمَّا عَمِلُوا}

“And for those that do good deeds are degrees.”  Thus those who are slowed down by their deeds from reaching the higher stages before Allah, will not have their nobleness of lineage help them. Allah has made the reward contingent upon good deeds and not on the bloodline, as Allah the Exalted said:

{فَإِذَا نُفِخَ فِي الصُّورِ فَلاَ أَنسَابَ بَيْنَهُمْ يَوْمَئِذٍ وَلاَ يَتَسَاءَلُونَ}

“So when the Horn is blown (on the Day of Resurrection), no blood relationship will there be among them that Day nor will they ask about one another.” (23:101) And Allah the Exalted commanded us to race to seeking forgiveness and His mercy by doing good deeds, as Allah the Exalted said:

{وَسَارِعُوا إِلَى مَغْفِرَةٍ مِن رَبِّكُمْ وَجَنَّةٍ عَرْضُهَا السَّمَوَاتُ وَالأَرْضُ أُعِدَّتْ لِلمُتَّقِينَ الَّذِينَ يُنفِقُونَ فِي السَّرَّاءِ وَالضَّرَّاءِ وَالكَاظِمِينَ الغَيْظَ}

“And hasten to forgiveness from your Lord and a garden as wide as the heavens and earth, prepared for the righteous. Those who spend during times of ease and in hardships and who restrain anger and who pardon the people, and indeed Allah loves the doers of good.” (3:133-134) And Allah the Exalted said:

{إِنَّ الَّذِينَ هُم مِنْ خَشْيَةِ رَبِّهِم مُشْفِقُونَ وَالَّذِينَ هُم بِآيَاتِ رَبِّهِمْ يُؤْمِنُونَ وَالَّذِينَ هُم بِرَبِّهِمْ لاَ يُشْرِكُونَ وَالَّذِينَ يُؤْتُونَ مَا آتَوْا وَقُلُوبُهُمْ وَجِلَةٌ أَنَّهُمْ إِلَى رَبِّهِمْ رَاجِعُونَ أُولَئِكَ يُسَارِعُونَ فِي الخَيْرَاتِ وَهُمْ لَهَا سَابِقُونَ}

“Indeed, they who are apprehensive from fear of their Lord, and they who believe in the signs of their Lord. And they who do not associate anything with their Lord and they who give what they give while their hearts are fearful, because they will be returning to their Lord. It is those who hasten to good deeds, and they outstrip (others) therein.” (23:56-61).

Then he mentioned some scriptures that encourage righteous action and that the alliance and love of the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, is only gained by the fear of Allah and good deeds, then he ended his discourse with the narration of Amr ibn al-Aas, may Allah be pleased with him, in the two authentic books (al-Bukhari and Muslim), that he heard the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, say

:إنَّ آل أبي فلان ليسوا لي بأولياء، وإنَّما وليِّيَ اللهُ وصالِحُ المؤمنين

“The family (Aal) of the father of so and so are not my friends and allies (Auliya), indeed my friends and allies are only Allah and the righteous believers.” By this narration he indicates that the alliance and love of the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, is not attained by blood or marriage relationship no matter how close, and that it is attained only by faith and righteous deeds. Thus whoever is greater in faith and good deeds is greater in his alliance and love of the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, no matter if there is a relationship by blood or marriage or not.

Upon this idea some of the poets said:

For your life a man is only by his religion *** So do not abandon God consciousness relying on lineage

Islam has raised to heights Salman the Persian *** And idolatry has lowered Abu Lahab the highborn


For more details see the book

Merits of the Family of the Prophet and their Exalted Status according to Ahl-as-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah

(Salutations and Peace and Blessing of Allah be upon the Prophet Muhammad and his family)

Prepared by Sheikh Abdul Muhsin

Hamd al-Ibaad al-Badr

فضلُ أهل البيت وعلوُّ مكانتِهم

عند أهل السُّنَّة والجماعة

إعداد الشيخ عبدالمحسن بن حمد العباد البدر

Translation, Foreword and Notes by

Abu Salman Deya-ud-Deen Eberle

أبو ســـلمان ضياء الدين ابرلي

See more and the link here





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