What to do in times when the true Islaam has become something Strange


La Ilaha Illa Allah
Staff member
Shaykh Abdul Azeez ibn Abdullah bin Baz

This condition is the confirmation of what our Prophet and Messenger (sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) has told us in an authentic hadeeth, “Islam began as something strange, and it will return as something strange, so give glad tidings to the strangers.”1

In another narration it was said, “ O Messenger of Allah, who are the strangers?” He (sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) replied “those who are steadfast in righteousness at a time when the people become corrupt.”2

In another version he (sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said, “those who correct what the people have corrupted of my sunnah”3

So this noble hadeeth makes it clear to the people of intellect that calling to the truth and refuting that which the people have introduced into the religion, at a time when Islaam is strange, is regarded to be from the reformation which the prophet (sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) encouraged and praised it’s people for. This great hadeeth also makes clear to the readers, that it is obligatory upon the people of truth, when Islaam has become strange, to become more active in explaining the rulings of Islaam, giving da’wah and spreading its merits and virtues, and fighting against the vices. It is also necessary for them to be firm upon that until they become o*!ne of the righteous people at a time when corruption is prevalent, and they become o*!ne of those who correct the mischief when the people are active in it. Indeed Allah is the Granter of success, Exhalted be He.


1 – Collected by Muslim

2 – Tahaawee in al-Mushkil (298/1)

3 – Tirmidhee (2765), Tabaranee in al-Kabeer (16/17), al-Bazzaar (3287) and others.