“Islam began as something strange, and it will return to being something strange just as it began, so tuba (a tree in Paradise) for the strangers!”
This beautiful hadith sparks a ray of hope for many of us, who are striving to stick to the true path at a time when temptations and deviations surround us from all sides. We are living in a time of Fitna, a time when falsehood rules over the truth, when Muslims are labeled as terrorists, mujahidin are blasphemed and defamed, and the noble character of our beloved Prophet (S) is attacked. Amidst all the accusations and propaganda, the Muslim feels alienated and strange, among Muslims and Non-Muslims alike. His views oppose the majority; his actions are frowned upon in society; his principles considered backward and ‘stone-aged’. He doesn’t follow the trend, nor is he a trend-setter; he doesn’t go with the flow, nor does the flow suit him. He’s strange in all aspects of society. It is at times as this that the Muslim needs a source of comfort and inspiration to hold on to his religion- a mission as challenging as holding hot red coals.
In my opinion, “The Journey of The Strangers” is the #1 MUST-HAVE for the “strangers” of this world. It pulls you up from your downs and uplifts your spirits during these trying times. It takes you to a world where strangers reside, under the care of Allah, as they detest this world and desire their true home- Al-Jannah. It reveals the characteristics of the strangers, the trials and tribulations they face from their enemies, the strong stances they take in defense of the Sunnah, and the extraordinary events that occur in their lives.
The book comprehensively covers the topic of Strangers in the detail it deserves. It is a compilation of two tracts. The first is a treatise giving a general overview of the topic, penned by the great Imam Al-Ajurri, a scholar known for his deep knowledge and piety. The second is an extensive essay focusing on the related ahadith, written by the Imam Ibn Rajab alHanbali. He is a scholar praised extensively for his vast knowledge, asceticism and expertise in the Hanbali school of thought. An introduction has been added from the words of Shatibi and an appendix from Ibn-AlQayyim’s monumental Madarij as-Salikin.
You’ll never look at the world through the same eyes after reading this book. And the next time you’re called a “weirdo”, you’ll find yourself saying “I’m proud of it”. So dive into the world of strangers, and be sure to share your feelings and opinions with us!
May Allah include us among the strangers described in the statement of the Prophet (S) and may He make us among “The Victorious Sect”- Those who do not fear the blame of the blamers. Ameen.
Title of Book: The Journey of The Strangers
Authors: Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbali & Abu Bakr Al-Ajurri
Publishers: Dar-us-Sunnah Collection
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