After the Salafi has learnt Tawheed in accordance with its aforementioned principles, it is incumbent upon him to adhere to the way of the Prophet Muhammed, peace be upon him. This is the actualization of his declaration that: "Muhammed ar-Rasoolullaah" (Muhammed is the Messenger of Allah). This fundamental does not only mean that Muhammed ibn 'Abdullah is the last Prophet and Messenger, rather this fundamental is incomplete except with the following:
- Belief that the Prophet , peace be upon him, came
with two revelations: the Qur'an and the Sunnah. The Prophet, peace be upon
him, has said: "I have indeed been given the Qur'an and something along
with it." [Reported by Abu Daawood and Daarimee - Sahih]. And he, peace
be upon him, has said: "As long as you hold fast to two things which I
have left among you, you will never go astray: Allah's Book (i.e. the
Qur'an) and the Sunnah of His Messenger." [Reported by Al-Haakim -
- Belief that obedience to the Messenger is absolute
and that his position is unapproachable by anyone else among mankind.
Therefore, the Prophet , peace be upon him, is alone to be obeyed and
followed. All beliefs, statements, deeds and morals which are against his
are to be rejected and annihilated.
- Adherence to the Way of the Prophet Muhammed, peace be upon him, is
never complete except with the perfection of love towards him. What assists
in developing this love is constant adherence to his commands, haste in
obeying him, placing forward his statements above all others, the study of
his Seerah (life and biographical accounts) and the study and practical
implementation of his Sunnah in everyday life. The Prophet, peace be upon
him, said: "None of you believes until I become more beloved to him
than his father, child and all mankind." [Reported by Muslim - Sahih].
It is unfortunate that true adherence to the Way of the Prophet , peace be upon him, has weakened in the Ummah and true love for him has all but disappeared. This is due to many reasons among which are:
- The abandoning of the Sunnah of our Prophet, peace
be upon him, its removal from our daily lives, belittling it and the
attitude of pride and arrogance towards it.
- The spread of numerous unsubstantiated and
fabricated hadiths throughout the Ummah, which are the among the sources of
difference and disunity.
- The spread of many innovated practices among the
- The requiring of each Muslim to blindly adhere to a
particular madhhab (i.e. taqleed: literally "blind following").
- The deliverance of religious verdicts without
knowledge or evidence.
- The cessation of the implementation of the Sharee'ah (Islamic Law)
throughout the lands of Islam and its replacement by the ways and laws of
the Kuffaar (disbelievers).