The Estrangement of Islaam
Dear brother! By adhering to the Sunnah of the Prophet (pbuh)and by I Want This">following his guidance, you will be tested and face many difficulties, but if you persevere you will have great reward in the Hereafter.
Servants of Allaah! Allaah says, which means, “So why were there not among the generations before you those of enduring discrimination forbidding corruption on earth – except a few of those We saved from among them? But those who wronged pursued what luxury they were given therein, and they were criminals.” (Hood: 116) It is a call from Allaah to the people that they should have a group amongst them who enjoin good and forbid evil when people become corrupted, and such people are the ones who will be saved from the punishment of Allaah in this life and the Hereafter. But who are these people? What are their descriptions?
They are the strangers, who rectify what people ruin. They are the ones who the Prophet (pbuh), mentioned in different Ahaadeeth, as when he said, “Islam started as a stranger (few people believing in it) and it will eventually go back to being a stranger as it started (few people adhering to it), so Toobaa for the strangers”. The companions, may Allaah be pleased with them, asked these strangers were, so the Prophet (pbuh) said, “They are those who maintain themselves upon righteousness when people become corrupt” (Ahmad), In another narration, “They are individuals from different tribes” (Ahmad & Ibn Maajah). And In another narration , “They are those who revive my Sunnah and teach it to people”. In another narration (, They are righteous people amongst a great number of evil people; those who disobey them (when they invite them to righteousness) are greater than those who obey them” (Ahmad). (Toobaa is a tree in Paradise which takes a person riding on horseback one hundred years to pass its shade).
Honorable brothers! The above are the strangers who were praised, and because they are few in number they have been called strangers, because the majority of people have characteristics other than theirs. Muslims are strangers between people. Devoted believers are strangers between Muslims. Scholars are strangers between believers. The followers of Sunnah are strangers between them as well. Those who call people to the Sunnah and persevere through the harm caused by those who oppose them are the most estranged. But these are truly the people of Allaah, and should not feel estrangement, because the majority of people are like Allaah has described them. Allaah says, which means, “And if you obey most of those upon the earth, they will mislead you from the way of Allaah. They follow not except assumption, and they are not but falsifying.” (Al-An’aam: 116).
That is why a sincere Muslim who adheres to Sunnah in our time gets the reward of fifty of the companions, may Allaah be pleased with them, as narrated by Abu Tha’labah, may Allaah be pleased with him, that the Prophet (p) said, “You have before you days which will require patience (while practicing your religion). Patience during these days is as difficult as holding onto a lit charcoal, the reward for those who practice is equal to the reward of fifty people doing the same deed” I said, ‘O Messenger of Allaah! Fifty people from their time?’ the Prophet (pbuh) said, “Fifty people from you” (Tirmithi).
Dear brother! Know that people in this life are all strangers, and that this life is not a lasting one, nor is it the life for which they were created. ‘Abdullaah Ibn ‘Umar, may Allaah be pleased with him, narrated that the Prophet (pbuh) said to him, “Be in this life as though you are a stranger or a person who is passing by” (Bukhaari & Muslim).
Allaah says, which means, “And keep yourself patient (by being) with those who call upon their Lord in the morning and the evening seeking His countenance. And let not your eyes pass beyond them, desiring adornments of the worldly life, and do not obey one whose heart We have made heedless of Our remembrance and who follows his desire and whose affair is ever (in) neglect.” (Al-Kahf: 28)
After this, the Hadeeth which is narrated by Al-Miqdaad Ibn Al-Aswad, may Allaah be pleased with him, brings a bright hope where the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said, “There will not remain a house on earth, made of clay or wool, but Allaah will make Islam go into it, with which He will honour with those who accept Islam, or humiliate those who reject it” (Ibn Hibbaan).