ABOUT THE SPEAKER -Abu abdullah Abbas is a Imam at the Islam bradford center for more Information go to - http://www.islambradford.com/For more up to date information on muhammadi masjid or to watch the rest of the conference in urdu go to -http://www.youtube.com/user/MuhammadiMasjidhttp://www.ahlehadithnorth.org/masjid/keighley/or to contact us use the email email@example.comABOUT THE TALK -Belief in the good character and virtue of the Sahaabah is the belief of Ahl al-Sunnah wa'l-Jamaa'ah. That is because Allaah has praised them in His Book and they were also praised by the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) as is narrated in the books of Sunnah. These texts reach the level of mutawaatir in many cases, which clearly indicates that Allaah gave them special virtues and noble characteristics, by means of which they attained that great honour and high status with Him. As Allaah chose for His message the most pure-hearted of His slaves (i.e., the Prophets), so too He chose as the heirs of the Prophets those who would be grateful for this blessing and who were fit for this honour (of conveying the message), as He says (interpretation of the meaning):"Allaah knows best with whom to place His Message"[al-An'aam 6:124]Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: Allaah knows best where to place His Message, both with regard to the original recipient and those who inherit it from him. He knows best who is fit to receive His Message and convey it to His slaves in a trustworthy and sincere manner, respecting the Sender and fulfilling his duties towards Him, patiently following His commands and showing gratitude for His blessings and drawing close to Him, and He knows who is not fit for that. Similarly, He knows best who among the nations is fit to be the heirs of His Messengers and to succeed them and convey the Message that they received from their Lord.Tareeq al-Hijratayn, p. 171Among the greatest reasons for the high status of the Sahaabah is that to which Allaah bore witness of their purity of heart and sincere faith. That, by Allaah, is a mighty testimony from the Lord of mankind, which no human being can attain after the cessation of the Revelation.Listen to the words of Allaah (interpretation of the meaning):"Indeed, Allaah was pleased with the believers when they gave the Bay'ah (pledge) to you (O Muhammad) under the tree, He knew what was in their hearts, and He sent down As‑Sakeenah (calmness and tranquillity) upon them, and He rewarded them with a near victory"[al-Fath 48:18]How beautiful are the words of 'Abd-Allaah ibn Mas'ood (may Allaah be pleased with him): "Whoever among you wishes to follow (someone), let him follow one who has died, for the one who is still alive is not safe from fitnah. The companions of Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) were the best of this ummah, the most righteous of heart and the deepest in knowledge and the most straightforward, people whom Allaah chose to accompany His Prophet and establish His religion. So acknowledge their virtue and follow in their footsteps, and adhere as much as you can to their morals and religion, for they were following right guidance.Narrated by Ibn 'Abd al-Barr in al-Jaami', no. 1810.Allaah promised Paradise and eternal bliss to the Muhaajireen and Ansaar, and He stated that He is pleased with them in verses that will be recited until the Day of Resurrection. Can anyone think that this would be given to one who does not deserve that bounty?Allaah, may He be glorified and exalted says (interpretation of the meaning):"And the foremost to embrace Islam of the Muhaajiroon and the Ansaar and also those who followed them exactly (in Faith). Allaah is well-pleased with them as they are well-pleased with Him. He has prepared for them Gardens under which rivers flow (Paradise), to dwell therein forever. That is the supreme success"[al-Tawbah 9:100]It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "Do not revile my companions, for by the One in Whose hand is my soul, if one of you were to spend the equivalent of Uhud in gold, it would not amount to a mudd of one of them, or half of that." Narrated by al-Bukhaari (3673) and Muslim (2540).IIt was narrated from 'Abd-Allaah ibn Mas'ood (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "The best of the people are my generation, then those who come after them, then those who come after them." Narrated by al-Bukhaari (2652) and Muslim (2533).It was narrated from 'Abd-Allaah ibn Mas'ood (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "The best of the people are my generation, then those who come after them, then those who come after them." Narrated by al-Bukhaari (2652) and Muslim (2533).