Following the Majority

 

Wert thou to follow the majority (of people) of those on earth they will lead thee away from the Way of Allah.  They follow nothing but conjecture (false opinions): they do nothing but lie.

Quran – 6 : 116

 

There is a common trend with MOST people that when they are confronted with a little confusion or if they are in a dilemma regarding certain issues (regarding religion), they conveniently say “lets follow the majority.” It is taken for granted that the majority would and should be in the right, but please do understand that Allah(swt) advises us against it; He says following the majority would only lead one  to Satanic ways, a way which is the result of incomplete evidences – a path away from Allah and His Messenger. The majority arethose who do not acknowledge or stick strictly to the Quran and Hadees. They do this either out of ignorance, blind imitation of others, jealousy, stubbornness, or following their own whims and fancies or adherence to traditions, bid’ah (innovation) and evil actions that go against the evidence (of sharee’ah).  And Allah warns us strictly against this. So, we must follow the evidence of the Quran & Hadees strictly and give it priority over the views of all people; and refrain from following the Majority blindly.

 

We should understand that even if the entire world was wrong (and in the wrong path) and if we have the Quran and Hadees to prove it so, and if there was just ONE person standing  against the entire world; and if he stands alone and fights the entire world and stays on the right path and does  not join the world in their wrong; We should understand that Allah would be completely with this person and His (Allah’s) protection would be more than sufficient for him – and He (Allah) would make the entire Universe function normally just for this one person. If this ONE person dies and if none else is on the right path, then that would be the last day and the whole world would come to an end.  That much Allah respects, honors, helps, and protects the right path and righteousness of a person who is in accordance to the Quran and Hadees. You should understand that the entire Universe is functioning normally just for the righteous people – who listen to Allah and His Messenger and follow the Quran and Hadees implicitly.

 

Now take the world; the majority of people are the Christians – If one were to follow the majority they should be following the Christians – But no, we know they are wrong, they are far from Quran and Hadees, and hence,  we would not follow them. Similarly, even when we come across a situation which demands our religious opinion, we should take the trouble to see as to what Allah and His Messenger have said regarding this issue and take some trouble to find out the right solution based on the Quran and Hadees. We should not take the easy way out and say “ lets follow the Majority”;  for unless and until one has the right solution to an issue, they are not going to be TRUE BELIEVERS; for Allah(swt) has made his religion complete and perfect. If people follow false assumptions – how ever big the crowd or Majority may be – they are not going to save themselves from hell if they do not find the right solution authenticating it with Quran and Hadees for it; and the more they keep saying “lets follow the majority”, the more they are on the wrong path and the more they stray from the right path the further away from Islam they would be – and more towards hell would be their destination. 

 

A group of three men came to the houses of the wives of the Prophet asking how the Prophet worshipped (Allah), and when they were informed about that, they considered their worship insufficient and said, "Where are we from the Prophet as his past and future sins have been forgiven." Then one of them said, "I will offer the prayer throughout the night forever." The other said, "I will fast throughout the year and will not break my fast." The third said, "I will keep away from the women and will not marry forever." Allah's Apostle came to them and said, "Are you the same people who said so-and-so? By Allah, I am more submissive to Allah and more afraid of Him than you; yet I fast and break my fast, I do sleep and I also marry women. So he who does not follow my tradition in religion, is not from me (not one of my followers)."
Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith
Hadith 7.1   Narrated by
Anas bin Malik

 

Prophet(s.a.w) was chosen by Allah(swt) for just one purpose - he was chosen to show the whole world, especially us humans as to how Allah should be worshipped and what exactly Allah(swt) wanted and expected from His Human and Jinn creations. Whatever Rasool (s.a.w) said, showed, and accepted is religion – Islam.  And all the other things which were not shown by him cannot and will never be religion. By doing a thing which was not stated by Allah(swt) or shown by Rasool(s.a.w) in religion, we are just going away from Islam as Rasool(s.a.w) says :  So he who does not follow my tradition in religion, is not from me (not one of my followers)."He says that those who do things according to their whims and fancies are not from me; meaning that they have not accepted me Muhammed(s.a.w) as the Prophet of Allah nor are they following the messenger of Allah – They are following their own path which would take them furtherest away from Islam.

 

Once Rasool(s.a.w) came from a funeral and he took a stick and drew a straight line and then on either side of this line, he drew many more lines and pointing to the first straight line said: “This is my path – the one and only path, the path to (victory and paradise) and pointing to the other lines he said,  all other paths are Satan’s and they will lead you only to hell”. Meaning anything you do which the Quran and Hadees does not authenticate are all paths to Hell however great a Majority that one follows does not matter. If you want to be on the safe side, then it is your duty as a Muslim to authenticate your religious activities to the Quran and Hadees – never make the mistake of following the Majority. This is exactly what is happening in the present world - (i.e.) following the majority in conducting marriages, walimas, death ceremonies, birth ceremonies, and even Eid celebrations, Milad Nabi celebrations, etc. etc. etc. – Please do find out the way of our Prophet and adhere to it strictly in these and other various function and aamaals that you do.

 

And We have indeed made the Qur'an easy to understand and remember: then is there any that will receive admonition?

Quran-54 : 17

 

The Prophet said, "The best among you (Muslims) are those who learn the Qur'an and teach it."
Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith
Hadith 6.545          Narrated by
Uthman(r.a)

 

"Do they not consider the Qur'an? Had it been from any other than God, they would surely have found therein much discrepancy”.
Quran- 4 : 82

 

 

And is it not enough for them that We have sent down to thee the Book which is rehearsed to them? Verily in it is Mercy and Reminder to those who believe.

Quran-29:51

 

For those who can understand will certainly know – that the Quran is a Book free from all corruptions, pollutions, perversions, mistakes and flaws. And we are so very very fortunate to have such a great BOOK to understand and follow a book which if the entire world collaborated and contributed collectively they could never never produce the likeness of it, and Allah says that He has made the Quran easy to understand and certainly Allah is not a liar.  Quran is the one and only book from God Almighty that remains in this world now in its pristine purity; in its complete originality and totality which would take one to success and victory and peace in this world as well as the next everlasting world, it is a great miracle and fortune that we have access to this in our life time itself, there were millions before us who too had this opportunity, but for a few the majority did not make any use of it, though this Great Book has been the GIFT of God Almighty to the entire world and it is free to be taken by anyone living, and Allah does not restrict it to anyone. If one does not make use of this to better his present & future, he would be the most stupid of fools or in other words as Rasool(s.a.w) puts it –

and the imparting of knowledge to the non-deserving is like putting necklaces of jewels, pearls & gold around the necks of swine (pigs).
 Tirmidhi -218 By
Anas ibn Malik(r.a)

 

 – just as the swine will never know the value of the pearls, so also stupid fools will not know the value of the Quran and Sahih Hadees. They will always find something other than Quran and Hadees to follow.  One should also understand that thou Quran is so easy to understand, but it is most unfortunate that the involvement in haraam, kufr, and shirk enables Satan to confuse one’s mind and retard the understanding of this great miracle of miracles the living miracle the Quran.

 

Below narration can be found in Kitab al-Zuhd by Ahmad bin Hanbal, and also in the Musannaf of Ibn Abi Shaybah.

When Umar bin al-Khattab(r.a) was walking in the market, he passed by a man who was supplicating, “O Allah, make us of Your ‘few’ servants! O Allah make us of Your ‘few’ servants!”

So ‘Umar(r.a) said to him, “Where did you get this du`a’ (supplication) from?” And the man said, “Allah in His Book says ‘And few of My servants are grateful.’(Qur’an 34:13)” So ‘Umar(r.a) wept and admonished himself, “The people are more knowledgeable than you, O Umar! O Allah make us of Your ‘few’ servants.”

Sometimes when you advise someone to leave a sin, they respond with “But most people do it, it’s not just me!” But if you look for the words “most people” in the Qur’an, you will find that most people “do not know” (7:187),that most people  “do not give thanks” (2:243)and that most people “do not believe” (11:17). And that most people if you look for “most of them”, you will find that most of them are “defiantly disobedient” (5:59), “ignorant” (6:111), “turning away” (21:24), “do not reason” (29:23), and “do not listen” (8:21).

So be of the “few”, whom Allah says about them:

“And few of My servants are grateful.” (34:13)

“But none had believed with him, except a few.” (11:40)

“In the Gardens of Pleasure, A [large] company of the former peoples, And a few of the later peoples.” (56:12-14)

Ibn al-Qayyim (ra) said, “Go on the path of truth and do not feel lonely because there are few who take that path, and beware of the path of falsehood and do not be deceived by the greatness of the perishers.”

 

 

May Allah help us to appreciate, comprehend and understand thoroughly the Quran and Hadees,  and practice Allah’s religion, Islam in a way that would be MOST pleasing to Allah(swt) and MOST beneficial to us in this world and the next (AMEEN, AMEEN, AMEEN, VAL HUMDU LILLAHI RABBIL AALAMEEN).

Wishing you ALL THE VERY BEST
A.H.Nazeer Ahmed