“Never a Prophet had been sent before me by Allah towards his nation who had not among his people (his) disciples and companions who followed his ways and obeyed his command.

Then there came after them their successors who said whatever they did not practice, and practiced whatever they were not commanded to do.”

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My Critical Reasoning:

The sunnah of Allah Subhanahu is always same! The sunnah of believers was always same (this Hadith).

So, what is the sunnah of the believers that Rasulullah sallillahu alaihi wa sallam warned here?

That after the followers (sahaba), there will be successors,

What is their characteristics mentioned of the believers (the successors)?

That they will say what they will not practice,

That they will practice what was not practiced before (Bida’a)

Now, was the people before a different species than the people who followed Rasulullah?

They are same species.

What does that suggest? How long it took for the followers of Eisa alaihi wa sallam after him to change what Eisa alaihi wa sallam taught?

Not even 100 years.

Therefore, as per sunnah of believers what suppose to happen? How come you think the practice of Islam has remained the same as it was at the time of Rasulullah sallillahu alahi wa sallam or at the time of Sahaba? Rather the Hadith of Hudaifah (his question) also an provide an added evidence to that, change of people and change of Ulema that calls from the gate of Jahannam.

I don’t mean here that the books has been changed. I mean the understanding of the books and practice of people must have changed.

Look at the Salat. I never thought that Salat remain same after reading the books of Salat. Evidence? Rasulullah sallillahu alaihi wa sallam used to pause after every ayah and when He recited an Ayah about Jahannam, He paused and asked refuge with Allah from it and when He recited an Ayah about Jannat, He paused and asked Allah grant Him Jannah. But In my life, I didn’t see any imam around the world doing it.

And then change of Allah’s system, slavery is made Haram what Allah and Rasul made Halal and Sahaba practiced it. But today’s Ulema mention it with apologetic notion. That’s how much Muslims mind were shaped by the system of kuffar’s, by the philosophy and ways of life of kuffar’s. Who made it, how that happend?

Ulema that preaching voting and “no khilafah is needed”

Ulema that made Riba Halal by the name of ‘Islamic’ which finally has a link with Riba.

The conclusion: Muslims were out of Islam long back! May Allah guide Muslims

AND ALLAH KNOWS BEST

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The Hadith

It is narrated on the authority ‘Abdullah b. Mas’ud that the Messenger of Allah (may peace and blessings be upon him) observed:

Never a Prophet had been sent before me by Allah towards his nation who had not among his people (his) disciples and companions who followed his ways and obeyed his command.

Then there came after them their successors who said whatever they did not practise, and practised whatever they were not commanded to do.

He who strove (JIHAD) against them with his hand was a believer:

he who strove against them with his tongue was a believer,

and he who strove against them with his heart was a believer

and beyond that there is no faith even to the extent of a mustard seed.

Abu Rafi’ said: I narrated this hadith to ‘Abdullah b. ‘Umar; he contradicted me. There happened to come ‘Abdullah b. Mas’ud who stayed at Qanat, and ‘Abdullah b ‘Umar wanted me to accompany him for visiting him (as ‘Abdullah b. Mas’ud was ailing), so I went along with him and as we sat (before him) I asked Ibn Mas’ud about this hadith. He narrated it in the same way as I narrated it to Ibn ‘Umar.

 حَدَّثَنِي عَمْرٌو النَّاقِدُ، وَأَبُو بَكْرِ بْنُ النَّضْرِ وَعَبْدُ بْنُ حُمَيْدٍ – وَاللَّفْظُ لِعَبْدٍ – قَالُوا حَدَّثَنَا يَعْقُوبُ بْنُ إِبْرَاهِيمَ بْنِ سَعْدٍ، قَالَ حَدَّثَنِي أَبِي، عَنْ صَالِحِ بْنِ كَيْسَانَ، عَنِ الْحَارِثِ، عَنْ جَعْفَرِ بْنِ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ الْحَكَمِ، عَنْ عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ بْنِ الْمِسْوَرِ، عَنْ أَبِي رَافِعٍ، عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ مَسْعُودٍ، أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ

 “‏ مَا مِنْ نَبِيٍّ بَعَثَهُ اللَّهُ فِي أُمَّةٍ قَبْلِي إِلاَّ كَانَ لَهُ مِنْ أُمَّتِهِ حَوَارِيُّونَ وَأَصْحَابٌ يَأْخُذُونَ بِسُنَّتِهِ وَيَقْتَدُونَ بِأَمْرِهِ ثُمَّ إِنَّهَا تَخْلُفُ مِنْ بَعْدِهِمْ خُلُوفٌ يَقُولُونَ مَا لاَ يَفْعَلُونَ وَيَفْعَلُونَ مَا لاَ يُؤْمَرُونَ

فَمَنْ جَاهَدَهُمْ بِيَدِهِ فَهُوَ مُؤْمِنٌ

وَمَنْ جَاهَدَهُمْ بِلِسَانِهِ فَهُوَ مُؤْمِنٌ

وَمَنْ جَاهَدَهُمْ بِقَلْبِهِ فَهُوَ مُؤْمِنٌ

وَلَيْسَ وَرَاءَ ذَلِكَ مِنَ الإِيمَانِ حَبَّةُ خَرْدَلٍ ‏”

‏ ‏.‏ قَالَ أَبُو رَافِعٍ فَحَدَّثْتُهُ عَبْدَ اللَّهِ بْنَ عُمَرَ فَأَنْكَرَهُ عَلَىَّ فَقَدِمَ ابْنُ مَسْعُودٍ فَنَزَلَ بِقَنَاةَ فَاسْتَتْبَعَنِي إِلَيْهِ عَبْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ عُمَرَ يَعُودُهُ فَانْطَلَقْتُ مَعَهُ فَلَمَّا جَلَسْنَا سَأَلْتُ ابْنَ مَسْعُودٍ عَنْ هَذَا الْحَدِيثِ فَحَدَّثَنِيهِ كَمَا حَدَّثْتُهُ ابْنَ عُمَرَ ‏.‏ قَالَ صَالِحٌ وَقَدْ تُحُدِّثَ بِنَحْوِ ذَلِكَ عَنْ أَبِي رَافِعٍ ‏.‏

Reference  : Sahih Muslim 50 a
In-book reference  : Book 1, Hadith 86
USC-MSA web (English) reference  : Book 1, Hadith 81
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