In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.

Yunus Ibn Ubaid [rahimahullaah] said, “How remarkable today are those who call to the Sunnah.  Even more remarkable are those who respond and accept the Sunnah”.

Shaikh Saaleh Al-Fawzaan commented saying: The Sunnah has become strange and those who call to it have become strange, and even stranger are those who act upon it.  No doubt there will be times when there will be strangeness with respect to the Sunnah and its people.  As time elapses the Sunnah will become strange and Ahlus Sunnah are the strangers; for that reason he (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said: “Islaam began as a strange thing and it will return being strange. So Toobaa is for the strangers.  They said, ‘Who are the strangers O Messenger of Allaah?’  He said, ‘those who will rectify when the people become corrupt’.  And in another narration, [he (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam)] said, ‘They rectify that which the people have corrupted’”.

These are the strangers during the end of time.  They hold onto the Sunnah when the people become corrupt.  They exercise patience upon that which touches them of harm.  They exercise patience upon (this) strangeness amongst the people; because those who oppose them are numerous, for they are in strangeness amongst the people. [Source: An Excerpt from It-haaful Qaaree Bitta’liqaat Alaa Sharhis Sunnah Lil Imaam Barbahaaree 2/310-311]

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