The source of Ahlus-Sunnah in derivation is the Book and the Sunnah.
They take from them, derive their evidences from them, and rely upon
them. They do not deviate from them in the least. Rather, they are as
“We go with the Book and the Sunnah wherever they go.”
They do not invent anything from themselves. Shaykh Al-Islaam, may
Allaah have mercy upon him, stated:
“The creed does not belong to me nor to anyone greater than myself.
The creed belongs to Allaah and His Messenger (sallallahu alayhi wa
So from Allaah is the Message and upon the Messenger is the conveyance
of the Message and upon us is belief and submission. Due to this, we
find the books of Ahlus-Sunnah beginning with mention of the source
before explaining the creed. This is that which we derive from that
which the Messenger of Allaah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) would
constantly do within the Friday sermon. He would always say in the
beginning of it:
“As to proceed; indeed the truest speech is the Book of Allaah the
best guidance is the guidance of Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam)
and the worst of all matters and the newly invented matters.”
And his (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam), repetition of that every Friday
contains emphasis for the importance of giving due consideration to
this source and the necessity of preserving and safeguarding it.
Concerning his statement: تَمسَّـكْ “Cling” Clinging in the language
means: To hold fast to something and be steadfast upon it. This is
derived from the statement of Allaah the Exalted:
And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allaah and be not
divided among yourselves, and remember Allaah’s Favor on you, for you
were enemies one to another but He joined your hearts together, so
that, by His Grace, you became brethren and you were on the brink of a
pit of Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus Allaah makes His Ayât
(proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.,) clear
to you, that you may be guided.
Likewise the statement of Allaah, the Exalted:
And as to those who hold fast to the Book and perform the prayer;
certainly, We shall never waste the reward of those who do righteous
Concerning the “…Rope of Allaah” the scholars have several statements
concerning its meaning. The majority of them, according to the scholars
of Tafseer, say that it means: the Qur’aan; as has been mentioned by
Ibn Al-Qayyim, may Allaah have mercy upon him. And it is that which is
intended by the poet here, because he mentions the Sunnah thereafter.
The poet, may Allaah have mercy upon him, within his statement: “Hold
tightly to the Rope of Allaah,” is addressing the Sunnee and saying to
him: Let your point of reference always and eternally be the Book of
Allaah and along with your clinging to it: “Follow the guidance”
meaning: the Sunnah. The term guidance within the Book and the Sunnah
is applied to two affairs:
The first is At-Tawfeeq and inspiration.
The second is indicating clarification and directing