The Consequence of the One who Does not Believe in the Prophet –sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam–
Taken from ‘Silsilah Ahadeeth As-Saheehah’
By the Muhaddith, Shaykh, Allamaa’ Muhammad Nasir uddeen al-Albaani
Translated by Abbas Abu Yahya
No. 157 – From Abu Hurairah from the Messenger –sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam– :
‘By Him in whose Hand is my soul; there is not a person who hears about me from thisUmmah, not a Jew, nor a Christian, then does not believe in me, except that he will be from the people of the Hell-Fire.’
[Collected by Ibn Munda in ‘Tawheed’ and Muslim in his Saheeh, likewise Abu ‘Awaanah and Ahmad]
Shaykh Albaani said:
‘The hadeeth is clear in that whoever hears about the Prophet –sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam– and what he was sent with, and then it reaches that person in the way that Allaah revealed it to the Messenger –sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam–, and does not believe in the Prophet –sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam–then his path is to the Hell-Fire. There is no difference in this between a Jew, or a Christian, or a fire-worshipper, and the atheist.
My belief is that if many of the non-Muslims were granted the opportunity to become acquainted with the principles, beliefs and worship that Islaam came with, then they would hasten to enter into Islaam in crowds, as it occurred in the beginning of Islaam.
If only some of the Islaamic countries would send callers to the western countries, from those who have knowledge of Islaam and know its reality, and that they know what has attached itself to Islaam from superstitions,Bida’ (innovations) and lies. So that the one who calls to Islaam will be able to present it in a good manner to those he is calling, and this requires the caller to have knowledge of the Book and the authentic Sunnah, and he knows some of the common foreign languages. This is a matter which is honourable and it is something nearly lost. So this issue requires keen preparation, so perhaps they will begin this preparation.’
[Taken from Silsilah Ahadeeth as-Saheehah by Shaykh al-Albaani (vol 1/157)]
No. 3093 From Sa’eed bin Jubair Mursal that the Messenger –sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam– :
‘There is no-one who hears about me from this Ummah, not a Jew, nor a Christian, then does not believe in me, except that he will be from the people of the Hell-Fire.’
And Sa’eed bin Jubair said: ‘I began to say: Where is the confirmation of that in the Book of Allaah?!’ Sa’eed continued: ‘It was very rare that I heard a hadeeth from the Prophet –sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam– except that I found a confirmation for that in the Qur’aan; until I found this Ayaah: << وَمَنْ يَكْفُرْ بِهِ مِنَ الْأَحْزَابِ فَالنَّارُ مَوْعِدُهُ >> <<but those of the sects (Jews, Christians and all the other non-Muslim nations) that reject it (the Qur’aan), the Fire will be their promised meeting-place >> includes all the different nations.
[Collected by Tabari]
Shaykh Albaani said:
‘It is possible to include this hadeeth to be from what is a clarification and explanation of the saying of Allaah Ta’ala: << وَمَا كُنَّا مُعَذِّبِينَ حَتَّى نَبْعَثَ رَسُولًا >> <<And We never punish until We have sent a Messenger (to give warning).>> along with the point where the Messenger –sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam– said: ‘hears of me’ i.e. that he hears about the Messenger –sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam– upon reality as a human, a Messenger, a Prophet. So whoever hears about the Messenger –sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam– upon other than what he–sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam– was upon, other than what he –sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam– was upon from guidance, light and excellent manners; due to some of the ignorant Muslims, or the misguided callers from the Christian evangelists and atheists, who present the Messenger –sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam– to their people in other than his real way that he was well known for. So the likes of these people have not heard of the Messenger –sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam–, and theDawa has not reached them, so the warning mentioned in the hadeeth does not include them.
And this is like the saying of the Messenger –sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam–: ‘Whoever sees me in his sleep then it is as if he sees me in his wakeful state, since indeed Shaytaan cannot resemble me.’ [Silsilah Saheeh No.1004] i.e. sees him in this real form and his characteristics which he was upon in his lifetime. So whoever really claims that he saw an old Shaykh with a white beard, then he has not seen the Messenger –sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam–; because this characteristic opposes that which the Messenger –sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam– was upon, from that which is known from his characteristics SallAllaahu Ta’ala alayhi wa Alahi wa sallam.
[Taken from Silsilah Ahadeeth as-Saheehah by Shaykh al-Albaani (vol 6/3093)]