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I would love to meet my brothers.

Imaam Ahmad- rahimahullaah- reported in his ‘Musnad’ (3/155):
“Haashim ibn al-Qaasim narrated to us: Jasr [in the printed text there occurs:
Hasan]:narrated to us: from Thaabit: from Anas ibn Maalik who said: Allaah’s
Messenger  said:
<< I would love to meet my brothers. >>
He said: So the Companions of the Prophet  said: ‘Are we not your brothers?’
So he  said:
<<You are my Companions; however my brothers are those who believed
in me, but did not see me.>>”


Shaikh al-Albaanee –rahimahullaah- mentions the weakness in its narrator Jasr
ibn Farqad, and that despite this it is ‘Saheeh’ due to supporting narrations
and witnesses. Amongst these witnesses is the hadeeth of Aboo Hurairah –
radiyallaahu `anhu- reported  by Muslim [Book of Purification:  Hadeeth
no.249]concerning the salutations given when visiting the graveyard, containing the
wording: <<I would love that we could see our brothers. >> They said: ‘Are
we not your brothers, O Messenger of Allaah?’ He said:
<<You are my Companions, and my brothers are those who have not yet
[‘Saheehul-Jaami`’(no.7108) and ‘as-Saheehah’ (no.2888).]


Al-Qurtubee –rahimahullaah- said, in ‘al-Mufhim’ (1/501-503):
“His saying  (I would love that we could see our  brothers) shows the
permissibility of wishing to meet people of excellence and the scholars; and
this brotherhood is the brotherhood of true and certain Eemaan, and of true and
correct love for the Messenger ; and there occurs in some of the narrations of
this hadeeth that he  said:<<My brothers are those who believe in me but
did not see me. They believe in my message but they did not meet me. One
of them would love to see me in exchange for his family and his wealth.


Ibn `Abdil-Barr-rahimahullaah- deduced from this  hadeeth, and from his
<<After you there will be days when having patience will be like grasping
upon a
hot coal; the one who acts in them shall have the reward of fifty of you. >>
[Reported by Aboo Daawood (no.4341), at-Tirmidhee (no.3060), and Ibn
Maajah (no.4014) from a  hadeeth of Aboo  Tha`labah al-Khushaneeradiyallaahu `anhu. See: ‘as-Saheehah’ (nos.494 & 957).]


That there will be some amongst those who come after the Companions who
will be
better than some who were amongst the Companions.

However most of the
scholars hold  what is contrary to this, and hold that whoever accompanied the
Prophet  , and whoever saw him-even if it was only once in his life-is more
excellent than everyone who came afterwards; and that the virtue of
Companionship cannot be equaled by any deed; and this is the truth such that it
is not befitting that anything else be held, because of a number of matters:


Firstly: The particular and special virtue of Companionship with, and of seeing
Allaah’s Messenger .

Secondly: The virtue of being those who were first to accept Islaam.


Thirdly: The particular virtue of defending the person of Allaah’s
Messenger .


Fourthly: The virtue of performing the Hijrah and of aiding him.


Fifthly: Their carefully retaining and preserving the Legislation from Allaah’s
Messenger .


Sixthly: Their conveying it to those who came after them.


Seventhly: Their preceding in spending in charity at the beginning of Islaam.


Eighthly: That regarding every good, excellence, knowledge, jihaad, and good
act performed upon the Legislation until the day of Resurrection they have the
most complete share of it, and they have the greatest reward; since it is they
who established the precedents for good, and it is they who opened its gates;
and he  said: <<Whoever establishes a good precedent in Islaam, then for
him will be its reward and the reward of those who act upon it until the
Day of Resurrection.>>  [Reported by Muslim(no.1017) from a  hadeeth of
Jareer ibn `Abdilllaah al-Bajalee-radiyallaahu `anhu-]; and there is no doubt
that it is they who laid down all the precedents, and who preceded upon
virtuous deeds. So if their virtues were to be  enumerated, and their special
qualities were to be explained and gathered, then volumes would be filled and
the eyes would become dim and exhausted through perusal of it …


And likewise he  said: <<Fear Allaah with regard to my Companions; for
if one of you were to spend the like of Uhud in charity it would not reach
the hands-full of one of them, nor even a half of it.>>
[Reported by al-Bukhaaree (no.3673) and Muslim (no.2541) from a hadeeth of
Aboo Sa`eed al-Khudree-radiyallaahu `anhu-]. And sufficient in this regard is
the fact that Allaah-the Most High- has praised them: overall and specifically;
directly and indirectly; and this has not occurred for anyone who came after


As for the one who disagrees using as evidence his  saying (Our brothers) ,
then there is no proof in that, since the Companions attained the most abundant
share of this brotherhood, since it is the general brotherhood of certain Eemaan;
whereas the Companions are singled out with the particular quality of
As for his saying: (The one who acts in them shall have the reward of fifty
of you),
Then there is no proof in it, since that -if it is authentic-refers to commanding
the good and forbidding the evil, since he  said at its end: << Since you have
helpers upon good, and they will not..>>


And it is not unlikely that regarding certain acts others besides them may attain
more reward than they attained in performing them. However this does not
necessitate unrestricted excellence, which is what is under discussion here, and


Allaah knows best.’’

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