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Follow the pious predecessors and abstain from innovation

Question

What is the reference for this narration?

اتبعوا ولا تبتدعوا فقد كفيتم

 

Answer

Imams Darimi and Tabarani (rahimahumallah) have recorded this as the statement of Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ud (radiyallahu ‘anhu).

(Sunan Darimi: 211, Al Mu’jamul Kabir: 8770)

 

‘Allamah Haythami (rahimahullah) has declared the narrators reliable (rijaluhu rijalus sahih)

(Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 1 pg. 181)

 

Translation

Follow [the Sahabah and pious predecessors] and do not innovate for you have been sufficed [i.e. Your Din is already complete].

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar