For The Sake Of Knowledge

Who is Sunni Muslim?
The Muslim who follows Sunnah.

What is sunnah?
The teaching and actions or examples of Muhammad, Prophet of Islam (peace be upon him). Personally, I don't like to label myself as Sunni Muslim as there is no such word "Sunni Muslim" in Quran and Hadith. 

The Sunni Muslim believe that Muhammad, Prophet of Islam (peace be upon him) didn't nominate a successor before his departure from the world. Hence, the most of his prominent companions (may Allah be pleased with them) gathered and elected Abo Baker Siddique, (May Allah be pleased with him)  the closest friend, and father in law as the first caliph through democratic way.   

There are four schools of thoughts in jurisdiction of Sunni Muslims such as Hanafi, Shafi, Maliki, Hunbali. They all have slight differences in their method of practicing Islam, however the destination of all is the same i.e Allah and the road to the destination is Prophet (peace be upon him) . The first four caliphs who were differed from one another in nature, wealth, and attitude, but were the most beloved companions of Prophet (peace be upon him). The similarity among all companions was Taqwa (God-fearing).

Now come to the point I like you to know. I came across a debate whether the prophet of Islam, Muhammad (peace be upon him) is alive or death.
Among all schools of thoughts there is no discrepancy that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) tested the death. Allah says in Quran, [39:30]
"Indeed you (O dear Prophet Mohammed – peace and blessings be upon him) will taste death, and they (the disbelievers) too will die.". As a matter of fact, all living things including martyrs about whom Allah forbade us to call "death" in Quran [2:154]  too have to test the death according to this verse of Quran [03:185] "Every soul must taste death".

There is almost all Sunni Muslims who believe that the death is a mean of transferring soul  from temporary  life to perpetual life. As per this concept, the soul of pious people resting peacefully in their grave till the resurrection day, whereas, the soul of transgressors are lying unrest in their grave.

Majority Muslims, as per this concept, believe that the Prophet, Muhammad (peace be upon him) resting in his grave with sound and safe. I was astonished when I came to know that a group of Muslims denied this fact by referring to the verse of Quran as cited above [39:30] and putting aside the authentic Hadith, which states that the Prophet, Muhammad (peace be upon him) while replying to a query of Sahabah (may Allah be pleased with them) said, "Allah has prohibited the earth from consuming the bodies of the Prophets." [Abu Dawud Book 002, Hadith Number 1526.]

Furthermore, there is another authentic Hadith Narated By Abu Hurayrah: The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said: If any one of you greets me, Allah returns my soul to me and I respond to the greeting. [Abu Dawud Book 004, Hadith Number 2036:]

In response to the last Hadith as referred above, I would like to refer to Surat Al-Ahzab verse No 56.

"Indeed Allah and His angels send blessings on the Prophet; O People who Believe! Send blessings and abundant salutations upon him." (Everlasting peace and unlimited blessings be upon the Holy Prophet Mohammed.)

Note: There is no need to explain how much blessings and abundant salutations are sent upon beloved Prophet (peace be upon him)during 24 hours.As per this Hadith, He (peace be upon him) responds to them all.  Can we imagine how many times a day the soul of Prophet is returned to him in order to respond to all the greeting?  Absolutely NO! Besides, Allah says in  Surah No 21 and verse No 107 " And We have not sen t you O Muhammad (peace be upon him) except as Mercy to the worlds". He has been sent as Marcy to the worlds till doomsday.  It means there is no more  Marcy to the world as soon as he (peace be upon him) was died? Allah blessed us wisdom to carry out His orders by understanding the priorities or scale of preference rather than drawing the stereotypical image hidden in words, but the whole content testifies that He is alive in his grave. 

Despite having these kind of differences which also based on Taqwa (God-fearing), we are united as Muslims under the shade of the word of purity " there is no worthy of worship except Allah and Muhammad (peace be upon him) is His last Messenger." In Allah`s eyes, it is a crime to be involved in sectarianism. Allah says in the Quran (3:103). "Hold on firmly together to the rope of God, and be not divided among yourselves"

The above references are too obvious to argue, yet different opinions but in a respectful way are welcomed.

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  • Muslims from all school of thoughts believe the six Authentic hadith books known as sihah sitta as named below:-

    1). Sahih Bukhari.
    2). Sahih Muslim.
    3). Sunan al-Nasa'i
    4). Sunan Abu Dawood.
    5). Jami al-Tirmidhi.
    6). Sunan ibn Majah.

    Yet, there is any confusion I suggest you to discuss prominent sheikh or Mufti in your school of thought. The unity is the need of the day. Thank you so much for commenting.
  • Dear Brother Arif Saeed,,

    I read your message here very carefully and detail. I'm so glad to have you here, brother. Your writings are often worth to read.

    Well, thanks for remind us about this verse "Hold on firmly together to the rope of God, and be not divided among yourselves" Quran (3:103). You said it is crime to be involved in sectarianism. I have the same opinion with you, glad to know it.

    We should always refer to Quran and authentic Hadith, although now I don't understand too much about which are the authentic Hadiths. (I know I should learn more)

    Here, even in one country follow one of Sunni Muslims, there are still groups in it. Besides, it mixed with culture. That's why, I will say we should back to the tangible evidence, if we want to find the truth, the best answer, as wise Muslim.

    Please guide me if there any of my statement you disagreed. I'm interested in following this discussion.

    Thank you very much.

  • Thank you my best friend . Your kindness is to the touch .
  • Never mind. You are welcome to my page for discussion and guidance :) 

  • I'm not proffesional in using this cite . I want to add you as one of my friend here . Would you please guide me?
    • You are most welcome!
      I wanna make it clear to you one thing that I don't discuss via personal message even I rarely check Personal mail. Don't mind please.
  • Mohammad, I am glad to know your viewpoints on this subject. I really appreciate your kind response. Yes, I myself believe in unity. When we keep unity, there is no enemy. In these days we are the great enemy of ourselves, unfortunately. Thank you for commenting.
  • Let's put away these diffrences . We should keep our unity . Without this we cannot gain victory against our enemies .
  • Dear arif , i am shia . You yourself know that some of our believes are not same . We believe that many of ahadith in your these six books are right , but some of them are not true . This hadith that you wrote is one of that some .
  • We believe the six Authentic hsource, books known as sihah sitta as named below:-

    1). Sahih Bukhari.
    2). Sahih Muslim.
    3). Sunan al-Nasa'i
    4). Sunan Abu Dawood.
    5). Jami al-Tirmidhi.
    6). Sunan ibn Majah.

    Now come to your point. Any hadith quoted by Abo Hurayrah mentioned in any of these books, we are compelled to believe in it. I need not even to ask you any reference of what you are saying. I am sure for what I am saying.

    Maybe you are right as per your source of belief.
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