Imam al-Ajurri (d. 320) on Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamah

The early jurist and hadith scholar Imam Abu Bakr Muhammed bin Hussein al-Ajurri (d. 320H), in his commentary to the hadith foretelling the division of Ummah into 73 sects from which one of them is the saved sect, says the following:

 

قَالَ مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ الْحُسَيْنِ: فَالْمُؤْمِنُ الْعَاقِلُ يَجْتَهِدُ أَنْ يَكُونَ مِنْ هَذِهِ الْمِلَّةِ النَّاجِيَةِ بِاتِّبَاعِهِ لِكِتَابِ اللَّهِ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ، وَسُنَنِ رَسُولِهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ، وَسُنَنِ أَصْحَابِهِ رَحْمَةُ اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِمْ، وَسُنَنِ التَّابِعِينَ بَعْدَهُمْ بِإِحْسَانٍ، وَقَوْلِ أَئِمَّةِ الْمُسْلِمينَ مِمَّنْ لَا يُسْتَوْحَشُ مِنْ ذِكْرِهِمْ، مِثْلُ سُفْيَانَ الثَّوْرِيِّ، وَالْأَوْزَاعِي، وَمَالِكِ بْنِ أَنَسٍ، وَالشَّافِعِيِّ، وَأَحْمَدَ بْنِ حَنْبَلٍ، وَأَبِي عُبَيْدٍ الْقَاسِمِ بْنِ سَلَّامٍ، وَمَنْ كَانَ عَلَى طَرِيقِهِمْ مِنَ الشِّيُوخِ، فَمَا أَنْكَرُوهُ أَنْكَرْنَاهُ، وَمَا قَبِلُوهُ وَقَالُوا بِهِ قَبِلْنَاهُ وَقُلْنَا بِهِ، وَنَبَذْنَا مَا سِوَى ذَلِكَ

 

Rough translation:
“The believer strives to be from this saved sect by following the book of Allah Almighty, and the Sunnah of Prophet of Allah salatonmassenger, and the Sunnah of the Sahabah may Allah have mercy on them, and the Sunnah of the tabieen after them in good, and the saying of the Imams of the Muslims …such as Sufyan al-Thawri, Al Awzai, Malik bin Anas, Al Shafii, Ahmed bin Hanbal, Abu Ubaid al-Qasim bin Salam, and be on the ways of the Shuyukh, forbid what they forbid, and accept and say what they accept and say, and abandon anything besides it.”
As one can see, path of the saved sect or Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jammah is not limited to “following the Quran and Sunnah”  but in following the Quran, Prophet salatonmassenger, Sahabah, Tabiin, as well as the Mujtahid Imams of the Muslims.
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