From Abu Musa al-Asharee (radiallahu anhu) that the prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) said:
"My example and the example of what I have been sent with is that of a man who came to some people and said: 0 people! I have seen the enemies army with my own eyes, and I am a naked (manifest and serious) warner; so protect yourselves! Then a group of his people obeyed him and fled at night proceeding stealthily till they were safe, while another group of them disbelieved in him and stayed at their places till the morning, when the army came upon them and killed and ruined them completely. So this is the example of that person who obeys me and follows the truth I have brought and the example of the one who disobeys me and disbelieves in the truth that I have brought (Bukhaaree)
The Reporter of the Hadeeth He is Abu Moosaa AI-Asharee, Abdullaah bin Qais bin Saleem bin Hidaar, the well-known Companion. He migrated to Makkah, then to Abyssinia, then to Madeenah. The Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahualaihi wasallam) put him in charge of one district of Yemen. Umar bin Khattab (radiallahu anhu) appointed him as governor over Koofah and Basrah. He conquered Ahwaaz, Ast ahaan and a number of other lands. He died! in 50AH.
The Meaning of the Hadeeth Allaah sent Muhammad (sallallaahualaihi wasallam) with guidance and the religion of truth and he came with the greatest miracles both universal (kawniyyah) and legislative (shariyyah) clear proofs and strong truthful evidences. So he was believed, followed and obeyed by whoever Allaah wished happiness and blessings for, and whoever He desired to be saved from His anger, grip and punishment. And he was denied and disobeyed by the people of pride and resistance. So the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings be upon him) put forth an example of his status and the status of what he came with. He also put forth the consequence of affirming and obeying him, and of denying, disobeying and opposing him. He likened this to the status of that sincere truthful man, the one who was earnest in warning his people and eager for their salvation from the sudden danger, which was hidden within that unexpected army. So whoever believed and obeyed him took the necessary means for safety against the danger of that army, and found success.
And whoever denied and disobeyed him took that danger lightly, was overcome by the danger of the enemy and hence was destroyed and ruined. So whoever believes and obeys him obtains happiness in the dunyaa (this world) and the hereafter and achieves the greatest and most cherished of rewards from Allaah, and is saved from the punishments of the dunyaa and the disgrace of the hereafter. Whoever denies, disobeys and opposes him (sallallaahualaihi wasallam) in what he brought and Goes not pay attention to the guidance he came with, contained in the Book and the Sunnah, is .subjected to the anger and displeasure of Allaah and he is subjected to punishments and catastrophe in the dunyaa and permanent torment in the hereafter.
The Benefits of Hadeeth
1.) The eloquence of the Messenger of Allaah in putting forth clear truthful examples, which are easily understood with the sense.
2.) His enthusiasm for the guidance of mankind
3.) The truthfulness and clarity of that which he came with.
4.) The achievement of success and happiness by affirmation of him, obedience to him and following that which he came with.
5.) Ruin and destruction in dunyaa and the hereafter lies in deniaI, of p0sition and disobedience of him.
This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited