Transmission Of Sunnah

Question

Please explain with the help of evidences that some issues not discussed in the Holy Qur'ān, for example washing feet as a part of ablution, are sunnah mutawātarah seeing to the fact that more than ten percent Pakistanis believe in massah.


Answer

There are many such examples like prayer as are presently followed by the ummah through ijmā' and tawātur. The example you have presented is a result of juristic differences. In the ablution transmitted from the prophetic Companions to the Ummah washing feet is a regular practice. In our opinion, any religious action should be conclusively related to the Holy Prophet (sws). The criterion is that the Companions of the Holy Prophet (sws) do not differ with him regarding such action. Later juristic or exegetical differences cannot affect this decisiveness.

Translated by: Abid Mahmood Hashmi

About the Author

Talib Mohsin


Mr Talib Mohsin was born in 1959 in the district Pakpattan of Punjab. He received elementary education in his native town. Later on he moved to Lahore and passed his matriculation from the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Lahore. He joined F.C College Lahore and graduated in 1981. He has his MA in Islamic Studies from the University of Punjab. He joined Mr Ghamidi to learn religious disciplines during early years of his educational career. He is one of the senior students of Mr Ghamidi form whom he learnt Arabic Grammar and major religious disciplines.

He was a major contributor in the establishment of the institutes and other organizations by Mr Ghamidi including Anṣār al-Muslimūn and Al-Mawrid. He worked in Ishrāq, a monthly Urdu journal, from the beginning. He worked as assistant editor of the journal for many years. He has been engaged in research and writing under the auspice of Al-Mawrid and has also been teaching in the Institute.

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