Answering the Shia argument that: “We are better than Sahaba(as)”
Bismillah hirahman nir raheem.
In this article, Inshallah Once more, we will be proving before our readers that, Shiatu dajjal have again proved, that their brains are damaged due to hatred of Sahaba(as). They claimed out of their ignorance that “WE(later people who didn’t see Prophet Muhammad(Saw) ARE BETTER THAN SAHABA”, But before making this ignoramus claim, they forgot to realize that due to this ignorance they have degraded the Status of Ali(as), Fatima(as), Hassan(as) and Hussain(as) and insulted them, because even they were from the people who saw and believed in Prophet(saw) , they weren’t from those people who didn’t see the Prophet(Saw) and believed in him.
[Quote]At this point, let us bring some more explicit authentic Sunni Hadiths proving that we are better than the Sahabah! Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal records in his Musnad, vol. 4, p. 106, Hadith Number 17017 (ed. Shaykh al-Arnaut):
حدثنا عبد الله حدثني أبي ثنا أبو المغيرة قال ثنا الأوزاعي قال حدثني اسيد بن عبد الرحمن قال حدثني صالح بن محمد قال حدثني أبو جمعة قال : تغدينا مع رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم ومعنا أبو عبيدة بن الجراح قال فقال يا رسول الله هل أحد خير منا أسلمنا معك وجاهدنا معك قال نعم قوم يكونون من بعدكم يؤمنون بي ولم يروني
Narrated Abu Jumu`ah:Once we had lunch with the Messenger of Allah . Abu `Ubaydah, who was with us, said, “O Messenger of Allah! ARE THERE PEOPLE BETTER THAN US? We embraced Islam with you and performed Jihad with you.” He said, “YES, THOSE WHO WILL COME AFTER YOU, WHO WILL BELIEVE IN ME ALTHOUGH THEY DID NOT SEE ME.”Shaykh al-Arnaut says: Sahih Hadith.
This Hadith is clear enough! The righteous believers in this Ummah are far BETTER than the Sahabah whom al-Hindi al-Nasibi worships!
Al-Hafiz Ibn Kathir further states:This Hadith has another route collected by Abu Bakr bin Marduwyah in his Tafsir, from Salih bin Jubayr who said: `Abu Jumu`ah Al-Ansari, the Companion of the Messenger of Allah , came to Bayt Al-Maqdis (Jerusalem) to perform the prayer. Raja’ bin Haywah was with us, so when Abu Jumu`ah finished, we went out to greet him. When he was about to leave, he said, “You have a gift and a right. I will narrate a Hadith for you that I heard from the Messenger of Allah. ” We said, “Do so, and may Allah grant you mercy.” He said, “We were with the Messenger of Allah, ten people including Mu`adh bin Jabal. We said, “O Messenger of Allah! ARE THERE PEOPLE WHO WILL ACQUIRE GREATER REWARDS THAN US? We believed in Allah and followed you.’ He said,
«مَا يَمْنَعُكُمْ مِنْ ذَلِكَ وَرَسُولُ اللهِ بَيْنَ أَظْهُرِكُمْ يَأْتِيكُمْ بِالْوَحْيِ مِنَ السَّمَاءِ، بَلْ قَوْمٌ بَعْدَكُمْ يَأْتِيهِمْ كِتَابٌ مِنْ بَيْنِ لَوْحَيْنِ يُؤْمِنُونَ بِهِ وَيَعْمَلُونَ بِمَا فِيهِ، أُولئِكَ أَعْظَمُ مِنْكُمْ أَجْرًا مَرَّتَيْن»
(What prevents you from doing so, while the Messenger of Allah is among you, bringing you the revelation from heaven There are people who will come after you and who will be given a book between two covers (the Qur’an), and they will believe in it and implement its commands. THEY HAVE A GREATER REWARD THAN YOU, EVEN TWICE AS MUCH.)”
In other words, when we do good deeds, we are given DOUBLE the rewards that the Sahabah received for the SAME deeds!!
Shaykh al-Albani in his Silsilah al-Ahadith as-Sahihah, vol. 1, p. 892, Number 494 also records that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) said to his Sahabah:
إن من ورائكم أيام الصبر للمتمسك فيهن يومئذ بما أنتم عليه أجر خمسين منكم . قالوا : يا نبي الله ! أو منهم ؟ قال : بل منكم
“After you will come days of patience (i.e. hardship). Whosoever then stays upon what you currently are upon, he will have the reward of FIFTY of you!” They said: “O Prophet of Allah! Rather, fifty of them?” He said: “No. Fifty of YOU.” Shaykh al-Albani says: Sahih.[End Quote]
The ahadeeth presented by Shias upon which they made their silly claims, need academic knowledge for understanding them. Since the Shiatu dajjal who made those claims were non-academic ignorant then the outcome was obvious. Thus for the better and a clear understanding of this issue, we would like to present before our readers that, What the scholars have understood these reports to mean, According to the Scholars these ahadeeth mean that Prophet(saw) said, those people who didn’t see the Prophet(Saw), Yet believed in him, “they are better than Sahaba(as) in FAITH/BELIEVE” or rather “they receive more reward(ajr) for their faith,” because having faith/believing in Prophet(saw) was easy for Sahaba(as) compared to the people who never saw or met the Prophet(saw). However, there is no doubt that the Sahaba(companions of Prophet) receive more rewards for their deeds/actions, like their jihad and Charity etc, which they did to help and support Islam and Prophet(saw). For example, The Prophet said, “..If any one of you spent gold equal to Uhud (in Allah’s Cause) it would not be equal to a Mud or even a half Mud spent by one of them.”(Sahi bukhari 5.22)
So there is no doubt that Sahaba(as) were the best of people from the Ummah of Prophet Muhammad(Saw) in regards to DEEDS/ACTIONS, this is most clear from the following verse of Quran and from authentic narrations.
Regarding Sahaba(as), Allah(swt) said in Quran:
وَمَا لَكُمْ أَلَّا تُنفِقُوا فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ وَلِلَّهِ مِيرَاثُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ ۚ لَا يَسْتَوِي مِنكُم مَّنْ أَنفَقَ مِن قَبْلِ الْفَتْحِ وَقَاتَلَ ۚ أُولَٰئِكَ أَعْظَمُ دَرَجَةً مِّنَ الَّذِينَ أَنفَقُوا مِن بَعْدُ وَقَاتَلُوا ۚ وَكُلًّا وَعَدَ اللَّهُ الْحُسْنَىٰ ۚ وَاللَّهُ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ خَبِيرٌ
Not equal among you are those who spent (freely) and fought, before the Victory, (with those who did so later). Those are HIGHER IN RANK than those who spent (freely) and fought AFTERWARDS. But to all has Allah promised a goodly (reward). And Allah is well acquainted with all that ye do. (QURAN 57:10).
Regarding Sahaba(as), Prophet(Saw) Said:
Narrated Abdullah: The Prophet (may peace be upon him) said: ”The best people are those living in my generation, and then those who will follow them, and then those who will follow the latter.Then there will come some people who will bear witness before taking oaths, and take oaths before bearing witness.” (Sahih Bukhari Volume 5, Book 57, Number 3)
Narrated `Imran bin Husain: “Allah’s Apostle said, ‘The best of my followers are those living in my generation and then those who will follow the latter” Imran added, “I do not remember whether he mentioned two or three generations after his generation, then the Prophet added, ‘There will come after you, people who will bear witness without being asked to do so, and will be treacherous and untrustworthy, and they will vow and never fulfill their vows, and fatness will appear among them.” (Sahi bukhari 5.2)
Similar report is even mention in shia ahadees:
وعن موسى بن جعفر عن آبائه عليهم السلام قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: (القرون أربع: أنا في أفضلها قرناً، ثم الثاني، ثم الثالث، فإذا كان الرابع التقى الرجال بالرجال والنساء بالنساء، فقبض الله كتابه من صدور بني آدم، فيبعث الله ريحاً سوداء، ثم لا يبقى أحد سوى الله تعالى إلا قبضه الله إليه بحار الأنوار: (22/309
From Musa bin Jafar from his fathers who said: The Messenger of Allah (saw) said: There will be 4 generations, the best of generations is the one in which I am living, then the second, then the third [Shia book, Biharul Anwar Volume:22 Page:309]
Thus the difference between the reports which says that people who didn’t see Prophet(Saw) but believed in him are better than Sahaba and the reports which state that Sahaba were the best of people is that, “Those who didn’t see Prophet(saw), yet believed in him are better than Sahaba(as) ONLY IN REGARDS TO FAITH/BELIEVE”, “But SAHABA(as) are the best in the Muslim Ummah in regards to DEEDS/ACTIONS”. (OR) “Those who didn’t see Prophet(saw), yet believed in him get more reward for FAITH/BELIEVE”, “But SAHABA(as) got more reward(ajr) for their ACTIONS/DEEDS”.
One doesn’t needs to know rocket science to understand this simple issue, because people with sense can realize that how could anyone who didn’t see prophet(Saw) and yet believed in him be superior to Abubakr(as) , Umar(as), Uthman(as), Ali(as) or Fatima(as), and rest of Sahaba(as), since they righteous, as well as they helped and supported Prophet(Saw) in the best way.
Thus after referring to verse of Quran and Prophetic ahadeeth from Sunni books and Shia books regarding Sahaba(as) being the best people, the conclusion is that, Sahaba(as) are the best people from the Muslim Ummah in regards to DEEDS/ACTIONS and they are better than those people who came later, in regards to deeds. And the people who didn’t see Prophet(Saw) and yet believed in him are better than Sahaba, ONLY IN REGARDS TO FAITH/BELIEVE.
If the foolish Shias don’t want to agree with the scholarly explanation, then they are free to hold their stupid view, which is an insult to Ali(as), Fatima(as), Hassan(as) and Hussain(as) because even they were from the people who saw prophet(saw) and as per the hadeeth which Shias tried to misinterpret, the ones who didn’t saw Prophet(Saw) are better than those who saw Prophet(Saw).
O you who believe! Stand out firmly for Allah and be just witnesses and let not the enmity and hatred of others make you avoid justice. Be just: that is nearer to piety, and fear Allah. Verily, Allah is Well-Acquainted with what you do} [Al-Maeda 5:8]
May Allah guide the Shias who are unbiased, who really seek to know the truth.