Stranger than ever!

It is narrated on the authority of Abu Huraira رضي الله عنه that the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم said:

“Islam initiated as something strange, and it would revert to its (old position) of being strange. so good tidings for the stranger.”
(Sahih Muslim)

It was asked,“Who are those strangers, O Messenger of Allah?” He replied, “Those that correct the people when they become corrupt.”

(Reported by Abu Amr al-Dani, from the hadith of ibn Masoud. It is authentic according to al-Albani)

Another narration says,“Those that correct my sunnah which has been corrupted by the people after me.”

In another narration he said in response to the same question, “They are a small group of people among a large evil population. Those who oppose them are more than those who follow them.”

(Reported by ibn Asaakir. It is authentic according to al-Albani)

Abdullah Ibn ‘Umar رضي الله عنه said, “Allah’s Apostle صلى الله عليه وسلم took hold of my shoulder and said,

“Be in this world as if you were a stranger or a traveler.”

Ibn ‘Umar رضي الله عنه used to say, “If you survive till the evening, do not expect to be alive in the morning, and if you survive till the morning, do not expect to be alive in the evening, and take from your health for your sickness, and (take) from your life for your death.”
(Sahih Bukhari)

Al-Hasan al-Basri [a very famous Follower – tabi` – known for his piety, asceticism and knowledge] said, “A believer is a stranger in this world, he is never afraid of its humiliation, and he never competes for its glory. The people are in one situation and he is in a different situation. The people are content with him, yet he is in turmoil [Literally, “tired”] with himself.”

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