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Abbas Abu Yahya

A – Hasan Basri -Rahimullaah- said:

عَمَلٌ قَلِيلٌ فِي سُّنَّةٍ خَيْرٌ مِنْ عَمَلٍ كَثِيرٍ فِي بِدْعَةٍ

‘Few good actions according to the Sunnah are better than a lot of actions of Bida’.’

[al-‘Iatessam by Shatabi  1/112]

B – Shaykh-ul-Islaam Ibn Taymeeya -Rahimullaah- said:

ليس كل من تحلى بالسنة صار سنيًا ولكن الفرق عند الفتن تعرف الرجال والمعصوم من عصمه الله

‘Not everyone who beautifies himself with the Sunnah becomes a Sunni however, the difference is when al-Fitn (trials & Tribulations) occur then men become known and the protected one is the one whom Allaah protects.’

[Majmoo fatawa (9/315)]

C – Shaykh Muhammad Nasir-ud-Deen Albaani -Rahimullaah- said:

“العبرة ليست بكثرة العبادة وإنما بكونها على السنة، بعيدة عن البدعة.”

‘The consideration is not by a lot of worship,  but rather it [the worship] being upon the Sunnah, and far away from Bida’.’

[From ‘Silsilah Saheehah’ 5/13-14]

D – Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Salih al-Uthaymeen -Rahimullaah- said:

“حسن العبادة أهم من كثرة العبادة”

‘Worship which is good is more important than a lot of worship.’

[Bloogh al-Murraam 3/524]

E – Shaykh Salih al-Fawzan said:

‘Fear Allah, O worshippers of Allaah,  and rectify your actions,  Allaah -Jalla wa ulaa- said:

<< الَّذِي خَلَقَ الْمَوْتَ وَالْحَيَاةَ لِيَبْلُوَكُمْ أَيُّكُمْ أَحْسَنُ عَمَلاً>>

<<Who has created death and life, that He may test you which of you is best in deed.>> [Mulk:2]

Allaah did not say, which of you does the most actions, so the consideration is not with doing a lot of actions,  but rather the consideration is with good action, and an action cannot be good except with two conditions:

Sincerity for Allaah -Azza wa Jal, and following the Messenger ﷺ.’

[Taken from: http://alfawzan.af.org.sa/node/15063]

A Prophetic Sunnah
Lengthening the standing after the Ruku & lengthening the sitting between the two Sajdas
From Anas bin Malik -Rahimullaah- who said:

إني لا آلو أن أصليَ بكم كما رأيتُ رسولَ اللهِ – ﷺ – يصلي بنا

‘Indeed I will not fail to pray with you in the manner in which the Messenger of Allaah ﷺ prayed with us.’

The narrator said:

( فكان أنسٌ يصنعُ شيئًا لا أراكم تصنعونَه. كان إذا رفعَ رأسَه من الركوعِ انتصب قائمًا حتى يقولَ القائلُ: قد نَسيَ. وإذا رفع رأسَه من السجدةِ مكث حتى يقولَ القائلُ: قد نَسيَ. )

‘I used to see Anas do something which I do not see you do. When he used to raise his head from Ruku standing straight, so much so that a person could say: he has forgotten. If he raised his head from Sajda he remained sitting so much so that a person could say: he has forgotten.’
[Collected by Muslim]

Al-Imam Ibn al-Qayyim -Rahimullaah- said:

وهذه السُنَّة تركها أكثر الناس من بعد انقراض عهد الصحابة
‘Most of the people had left off this Sunnah after the disappearance of the period of the Companions.’

[Zad al-Ma’ad 1/239]

All Praise belongs to Allaah, may His peace

and blessings be upon our final

Prophet Muhammad, his

family, his companions

and all those who

follow his


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