Presented is a series of readings on the Ibadhi thought intended to encourage respected readers to study and reflect upon its crucial aspects so that they won’t be driven by any psychological motives or inherent influences which might hinder them from declaring and accepting the Truth.
All praise is due to Allah and may His blessings be upon our prophet Mohammed and his companions. Sheikh Ahmed bin Hamed Al Khalili- may Allah keep and protect him- says in a seminar of Islamic Jurisdiction:
In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful, Most Gracious. All praise is due to Allah and may His blessings be upon our prophet and whosoever follow him.
One of God’s blessings bestowed on us is granting us this meeting under the shadow of Islam and on the table of the great Jurisdiction which originates from the Holy Qur’an, the prophet’s (peace be upon him) traditions, and the ancestors of which prophet’s companions come first and are the best of all. Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) testifies that based on Allah’s praise to them in the verse “Mohammed is the Messenger of Allah. And those who are with him are severe against disbelievers, and merciful among themselves. You see them bowing, falling down prostrate (in prayer), seeking bounty from Allah and God pleasure. The mark of them is on their faces from the traces of prostration. This is their description in the Torah. But their description in the Gospel is like a seed which sends forth its shoot, then makes it strong and becomes thick and stands straight on its stem, delighting the sowers, that He may enrage the disbelievers with them. Allah has promised those among them who believe and do righteous good deeds, forgiveness and a mighty reward”
Allah praises them in a number of verses. They deserve to be modals and deserve honor. Scholars of our decent ancestors testify that the prophet’s companions are of the greatest position and highest honor after the messengers (peace be upon him). Imam Nouraddeen Al Salimi says: “Untruthfully, the prophet’s companions are the most honored people after the messengers.”
One of our scholars narrates in the 13th Hijri decade- Sheikh Nasser Bin Nabhan taken this from the Imam Abi Ya’qoub Yusuf Bin Ibrahim Al Warjalani (the man of justice and fairness) says: “Whatsoever revealed to the prophet is important, whatsoever done by the prophet’s companions should be follow and as for the followers, they are men and we are different men” This of course entails respect to followers as they have honor since they are friends of the prophet’s companions. However, much is to be said about followers and scholars have disputes on whether to follow the followers. Scholars are also different on whether to apply what the prophet’s companions or not. Some such as Ibn Baraka (from Oman lived in the 4thdecade) state that we must and states “Seekers of Truth should apply the companions’ deeds.”
Anyways, reliance should be on the Qur’an, and Sunnah. The prophet’s companions are the most knowledgeable people on the purposes of Qura’n and prophet’s traditions on elucidating the Qura’n, clarifying its gist or introducing new rulings the Qur’an hasn’t directly stated.
(Ibadhi Fi Mawkib al Tarikh) V. 1 p.p 249-250
Writer: Al Mansour
Source: cultural section on the website of Ibadhi
Translated by: Khalsa H. Al Aghbari