Explanation of 40 Hadith Of Imam Al-Nawawi by Sheikh Abdur Rahman Naseer Al-Barrak (Hadith no.9)

Explanation of 40 Hadith Of Imam Al-Nawawi by Sheikh Abdur Rahman Naseer Al-Barrak (Hadith no.9)

عَن أبي هُريرةَ عَبدِ الرَّحمنِ بنِ صَخْرٍ -رَضِي اللهُ عَنْهُ- قالَ: سَمِعْتُ رَسُولَ اللهِ – صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ – يقولُ: « مَا نَهَيْتُكُمْ عَنْهُ فَاجْتَنِبُوهُ، وَمَا أَمَرْتُكُمْ بِهِ فَأْتُوا مِنْهُ مَا اسْتَطَعْتُمْ، فَإِنَّمَا أَهْلَكَ الَّذِينَ مِنْ قَبْلِكُمْ كَثْرَةُ مَسَائِلِهِمْ واخْتِلاَفُهُمْ عَلَى أَنْبِيَائِهِمْ ».

رواه البخاريُّ ومسلِمٌ.

On the authority of Abu Hurairah ‘Abd-ur-Rahmaan ibn Sakhr (radiAllaahu ‘anhu) who said: I heard the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayi wa sallam) say:

“What I have forbidden for you, avoid. What I have ordered you [to do], do as much of it as you can. For verily, it was only the excessive questioning and their disagreeing with their Prophets that destroyed [the nations] who were before you”.

(Related by al-Bukhari and Muslim)


  • The obligation of obeying the Prophet Sallallahu alayhi was sallam in his orders and prohibitions
  • The obligation of staying away from Haram completely and that it does not depend on one’s ability (one must stay away from it). Only that much is exempted from being haram which is enough to fulfil a necessity or unless someone is forced as for one being obligated is ability and ability is a condition in every compulsory act
  • The obligation of doing that which has been ordered and that being conditional upon ability
  • That when one cannot do the whole act which has been ordered the they must do however much they possibly can
  • That a person has ability and power to do or leave an act as opposed to the creed of the misguided Jabariyyah sect
  • Leaving those things which lead to haram as this is from the ways of staying away from haram
  • The prohibition of asking too many questions because this show pig-headedness, hardship and not submitting to the order (of Allah and his Messenger)
  • The prohibition of differing with the Prophet Sallallahu alayhi was sallam by arguing with him or disobeying him
  • Dispraise of the previous nations due to their excessive questioning and differing with their prophets
  • That was the cause of their (past nations) destruction for indeed disbelief and sins are destruction
  • That asking too many questions and difference will take place within this Ummah due to the statement of the Prophet “that you will follow the path of those before you”
  • That Hajj (Pilgrimage) is compulsory and that is known from the Quran, Sunnah and the consensus (of the Scholars of Islam)
  • That a general order does not require one to do it again and again
  • That if the Messenger ordered Hajj every year it would have become obligatory to perform it every year
  • Hajj every year is not possible for most people
  • That asking about an obligation or asking about a thing wheiter it is haram at the point of the Quran being revealed is sometimes the cause for making that thing obligatory or haram as it is mentioned in a hadith “indeed the most biggest crime for a Muslim is that they ask about a thing which is not haram bit is made haram due to their questioning
  • That the original state of a person is that they are free until they are ordered or told to abstain

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