Parable of Islam as a path

It was narrated from al-Nawwaas ibn Sam’aan al-Ansaari (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Allaah has told the parable of a straight path, on both sides of which are two walls, in which there are open doors, and over the doors are curtains, and at the gate of the path there is a caller who says: ‘O people, enter the path all together and do not go depart from it. And there is a caller who calls from further in; when a person wants to open any of those doors, he says: Woe to you, do not open it! for if you open it you will enter it.

The path is Islam and the walls are the sacred limits of Allaah, and the open doors are the things forbidden by Allaah. The caller at the beginning of the path is the Book of Allaah and the caller at the top of the path is the conscience in the heart of every Muslim.”

Narrated by Imam Ahmad (17182) and classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Zilaal al-Jannah (19).

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