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Do not substitute the Sunnah for the way of others!

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The Sunnah is the best and most complete way for any human to lead his life in this world. Unfortunately day by day, we find the Muslim Ummah shifting further away from the blessed Sunnah of our Nabi (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam). This will bring nothing but further disaster.
The following is an abstract from an article that Allamah Muhammad Yusuf Binnory (rahimahullah) wrote on this topic:
‘Powerful nations pave their own path based on their history and trading. They have their own aims and goals. They are not in need of any goals to be set by outsiders, nor would their faith allow them to follow the trend of others.
For the journey through this worldly life, Muslims have their own purpose, their own strategy and enough provisions [in the form of the Sunnah and Shari’ah]. There is no need for them to borrow the purpose of life of others, nor do they need to eat the crumbs from the tables of others [by aping their habits and fashions]. How unfortunate is it, that in [Muslims] following others, they have become unmindful of their own purpose in life and discarded all the wealth of their home [i.e. they abandon the Sunnah, and substitute it with the ways of others!]. The result of this is that these days, the Muslims have not taken the Ambiya and the Awliya as their models, but it’s the Jews and Christians whom they choose to follow in every aspect of life.
Their example is like that of an unfortunate prince who, after owning everything, was misled by dissolute boys and bad company. As a result of which, he is then thrown out of his palace and is forced to earn a living himself and make his own way in life. [How unfortunate, that] he was once the owner of the fortune of the entire world but today he has to suffice with the rotten scraps and crumbs from the tables of others. How strange!’


[I.e. So too is the sad state of the Ummah today; we have swapped the Sunnah of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) for vice, sin, fashion, extravagance, trend and ‘scraps’ of others!] (Basair wa ‘Ibar, vol. 2 pg. 311)
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