The Future of Islam

On the Authority of Hudhaifa he said that the Messenger of Allah (Salallahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Prophethood will be with you for however long Allah wills it, then he will raise it when he wishes to raise it. Then Khilafah upon the way of the Prophet will be with you however long Allah wills it to be, then he will raise it whenever he wishes to raise it. Then there will be Long Standing kingdoms and it will be with you for however long Allah wills it to be, then he will raise it when he wishes to raise it, then there will be oppresive kingdoms and it will be with you for as long as Allah wishes it to be then it will be raised from you when he wishes, and then there will be Khilafah upon the way of the Prophet”. The he kept silent (Salallahu alaihi wa sallam). Narrated by Abu Dawuud and At Tayalisi and it is Saheeh Li Ghairihi.

Shaikh Saleem Al Hilali said :

This shows that the future is for this religion, but what are the signs of the methodology that would take the hands of the Muslims to their bright future and splendid future, and their overcoming the enemies of Allah by his will?

1) It is the Methofology which the Companions of the Messenger of Allah (Salallahu alaihi wa sallam) were upon and the evidences for this are:

(i) That the future of Islam will have in it the return of the righteous Khilafah upon the methodology of the Prophet (Salallahu alaihi wa sallam), as is clear in the Hadeeth of Hudhaifah.

(ii) That which sealed the glory og Islam is the righteous Khilafah that came after Prophethood and that Khilafah was upon the Methodology of the Prophet.

(iii) That the Messenger of Allah (Salallahu alaihi wa sallam) gave news of the righteous Khilafah after Prophethood and a righteous Khilafah upon the methodology of the Prophet, this therefore shows that the future of Islam would be like how Islam was in the past which is one of overcoming the enemies of Islam, a future which sees the spreading of Islam and a future which is bright.

(iv) Those who had the righteous Khilafah after Prophethood were the companions of the Messenger of Allah (Salallahu alaihi wa sallam) and those who followed them in goodness. Therefore, the ones who will return the righteous Khilafah to Islam will be the ones who are upon the methodology of the Prophet and they are the ones who are upon the way of the Salaf and those who follow them.

(v) That those who fight the Jews in the last days were not with the Companions (Radiallaho anhum), but how is it that the statement “you will fight the Jews” could be correctly ascribed toward them?

Ibn Hajar Al ‘Asqalani said: “…. the meaning of this is in terms of those who are upon their way, because the speech was for the Companions and the meaning of it is for those who come after them after a long time, however they share with the same fundamentals of faith and therefore are spoken of in that manner”.

Therefore this shows that those  that will carry on the future of Islam will be those upon the way of the Companions (Radiallaho Anhum)

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