It is sufficient to adhere to what the Salaf as-Saalih adhered to

 
It is sufficient to adhere to what the Salaf as-Saalih adhered to

Ibn Abu Zayd al-Qayrawani said in his book ‘al-Jaama’ (page 117):

وَالتَّسْلِيمُ لِلسُّنَنِ لَا تُعَارِضْ بِرَأْيٍ وَلَا تُدَافِعْ بِقِيَاسٍ، وَمَا تَأَوَّلَهُ مِنْهَا السَّلَفُ الصَّالِحُ تَأَوَّلْنَاهُ، وَمَا عَمِلُوا بِهِ عَمِلْنَاهُ، وَمَا تَرَكُوهُ تَرْكْنَاهُ، وَيَسَعَنَا أَنْ نُمْسِكَ عَمَّا أَمْسَكُوا وَنَتَّبِعَهُمْ فِيمَا بَيَّنُوا وَنَقْتَدِيَ بِهِمْ فِيمَا اسْتَنْبَطُوهُ وَرَأَوْهُ فِي الْحَوَادِثِ وَلَا نَخْرُجُ مِنْ جَمَاعَتِهِمْ فِيمَا اخْتَلَفُوا فِيهِ أَوْ فِي تَأْوِيلِهِ، وَكُلُّ مَا قَدَّمْنَا ذِكْرَهُ فَهُوَ قَوْلُ أَهْلِ السُّنَّةِ وَأَئِمَّةِ النَّاسِ فِي الْفِقْهِ وَالْحَدِيثِ

“Submission to the Sunnan (plural of Sunnah) cannot be opposed with opinion, nor is it repelled with Qiyas (analogy).  As for the interpretation of the Salaf as-Saalih then that is how we interpret, and what they acted upon is which we act upon, what they left off is what we leave.  It is sufficient to adhere to what they adhered to, and that we follow them in that what they clarified.  We take them as an example in what they extracted and viewed from the hadeeth. We do not rebel against the Salaf as-Saalih in what they differed or what they interpreted, and everything that we have just mentioned is the stance of the Ahl-us-Sunnah and the Imams of the people in Fiqh and hadeeth.”

[Note: The above statement was also mentioned by Imam ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah in “Ijtima’ al-Juyoosh al-Islaamiyah”, (2/155)]

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