The Sunnah and One's Desires

There is another tradition to the effect that 72 sects will go to Hell and only one will go to Paradise and that is that of the Ahl al-Sunnah wal-Jama'ah. "Shortly there will be born among my ummah people in whom desires will have seeped, even as the poison of a rabid dog seeps into the bitten man; there is left no vein and no joint in which the effect of rabidity may not have reached." Hence desire should be moulded according to the 1400-year old methods of the Holy Prophet peace and blessings be upon him and one's personal desires should be sacrificed on his sayings and deeds; as per the prophetic statement quoted earlier that, "None of you can be a true believer as long as his desire does not succumb to the religion I have brought."

Therefore one should not try to interpolate or introduce into religion things of one's own desire, because as regards innovating the Holy Prophet peace and blessings be upon him says that, "Whenever a people innovate a new thing (in religion), Allah Most High takes away one Sunnah in its place. Therefore, it is necessary to keep a firm hold on the Sunnah.

Similarly, Hazrat Hassan ^ says that whenever a people innovate a new thing in religion, in lieu thereof Allah Almighty lifts away a sunnah and does not return it to those people till the last day. It means that those people are deprived of the blessings of that Sunnah forever.

Hence regarding such a man who introduces any new thing in religion the Holy Prophet peace and blessings be upon him stated, ‘Anyone who regarded with respect an innovator, he in fact helped in obliterating Islam.’

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