The Path to Salvation
A firm advice from the Imām of al-Jarḥ wa-al-Taʿdīl in our times, al-ʿAllāmah Rabīʿ ibn Hādī al-Madkhalī. The lecture is from a recent Toronto phone lecture with the noble shaykh, conducted on 6th September 2003. Shaykh Rabīʿ advises the attendees to attach themselves to the Salaf al-Ṣāliḥ, mentioning many āyāt and aḥādīth on the nobility and salvation of attaching oneself to the rightly-guided Salaf. The shaykh clearly explains how differing from this path leads to division, destruction and misguidance, whereas, holding onto the rope of Allāh, following and obeying Allāh and his Messenger will result in unity, piety and a great success in this life and the next.
States Shaykh Rabīʿ Ibn Hādī, 'Therefore, this book and this Sunnah, they are the very source of this ummah's honour and happiness, if they only hold fast to them both. And the source of misery, lowliness and humiliation in this worldly-life and the hereafter is found in not holding fast to the Book and the Sunnah, not protecting oneself with them and dividing the ummah and splitting up the religion and even departing from it according to some of the refutations. So they do not deserve anything from Allāh except his severe threat as found in the Qurʾān and the Sunnah.'
A full transcript of the recording is present at http://www.bakkah.net.