From The Book “Advice for the Muslim”
25 – The Wahhabis themselves say that what the ‘ulama’ of Ahl as-Sunnat (rahimahum-Allahu ta’ala) have written is right. Allahu ta’ala makes them, too, tell the truth. See how that book praises Ahl as-Sunnat on its 432nd page:
“Rasulullah (sall-Allahu ta’ala ‘alaihi wa sallam) asked Muaz how he was going to judge when he ordered Muaz to go to Yaman as a judge. ‘According to Allahu ta’ala’s Book,’ he said. ‘What if you cannot find [a solution] in it?’ asked Rasulullah. ‘I will look at Rasulullah’s sunnat,’ he answered. And when Rasulullah asked, ‘If you cannot find it there, either?’ Muaz said, ‘I shall do it according to what I understand as a result of my ijtihad.’ Thereupon, Rasulullah said, ‘My thanks be to Allahu ta’ala who bestows what His Rasul agrees upon His Rasul’s judge.’ Muaz was one of the most learned among the Sahabis in the knowledge of fiqh, halal and haram. Therefore, he was a profound alim who was able to make ijtihad. It was permissible for him to judge according to his ijtihad if he could not find any clear evidence in Allahu ta’ala’s Book and Rasulullah’s sunnat. But, today and in the past, there have been some people so ignorant as not to know the laws in Allahu ta’ala’s Book and His Rasul’s sunnat, but who still think that they can make ijtihad. Shame on them!”
That author has taken these lines from the books of great ‘ulama’ of Ahl as-Sunnat (rahimahum-Allahu ta’ala) as he has taken all his documentary evidence from them. There was no one who wrote heretical ideas before Ibn Taymiyya. He was the first to start this cult of false concepts. Those who came later went too far in this line to the extreme of impetuousness. They interpreted wrongly the invaluable words they quoted from the books of Ahl as-Sunnat. They said that everybody should learn Arabic and make ijtihad. They dissented from the right path and led astray millions of people. The above quotation refutes their assertions and shows that ignorant people like them do not have the ability to make ijtihad, that the conclusions or meanings they derive are wrong and heretical.
Nowadays, the number of people who do not believe ijtihad has been on the increase. They say,
“What is the use of madhhabs. They disunited Muslims. They made the religion difficult. Allah orders easiness. There is no such things as a ‘madhhab’ in Islam. They have been made up later. I follow the path of as-Sahaba and do not recognize another path.”
Such words are made up by the ignorant of Islam, who now cunningly disseminate them among Muslims. After quoting correct statements from the ‘ulama’ of Ahl as-Sunnat, they add their lies in as if the quotations going on. The people who see the correct statements consider all what they read as correct and thus are taken in. The path of salvation is that of the Sahabat al-kiram (ridwan-Allahi ta’ala ‘alaihim ajmain). The hadith ash-Sharif narrated by al-Baihaki and written in Kunuz ad-daqaiq declares, “My Companions are like the stars in the sky. You follow any one of them, and you will find the right path.” This hadith ash-Sharif shows that anyone who follows any one of the Sahabis will attain bliss in both worlds. The hadith ash-Sharif related by ad-Dailami (rahmat-Allahi ‘alaih) declares, “My companions are good human beings. May Allahu ta’ala always bestow goodness upon them.” Two hadiths, again related by ad-Dailami, declare, “Do not talk about the faults of my Companions!” and, “Muawiya will certainly become a ruler.”
From which source will those who claim that they follow the path of as-Sahabat al-kiram learn this path? Will they learn from the la-madhhabi who came about a thousand years after them? Or will they learn it from the books of those ‘ulama’ who lived during the time of and were educated by as-Sahabat al-kiram? The ‘ulama’ educated by as-Sahabat al-kiram and the students of those ‘ulama’ formed the ‘ulama’ of the madhhab of Ahl as-Sunnat wal-Jamaat (rahimahum-Allahu ta’ala). Madhhab means path. Ahl as-Sunnat wal-Jamaat means the Muslims who follow the path of Rasulullah and his jamaat, that is, his Companions. The blessed ‘ulama’ of this path wrote exactly what they learned from as-Sahabat al-kiram. They did not write their personal opinions. There is not a single statement in their books for which they did not give documents and proofs. The belief of all the four madhhabs is the same. The path of as-Sahabat al-kiram can only be learned from the books by the ‘ulama’ of Ahl as-Sunnat.
Those who want to be in the path of as-Sahabat al-kiram (ridwan-Allahu ta’ala ‘alaihim ajmain) have to belong to the madhhab of Ahl as-Sunnat and should avoid upstart, corrupt movements.