What is your opinion of a person who says that the book of al-Barbahāri, Sharḥ us Sunnah to Ahl us Sunnah is like the Injīl is to the Christians? We seek refuge with Allāh.
Shaykh Muḥammad Bāzmūl
My opinion is that this is a fabricated lie and an affront on Ahl us Sunnah wal-Jamā`ah. The same goes for those who say, ‘you people, your Messenger is Ahmed ibn Ḥanbal’ or ‘your Messenger is this person or that person.’ We say to that, by Allāh this is untrue, but we venerate the people of Sunnah and the books of the Sunnah because they convey to us the sayings of the people of the Sunnah.
And we venerate the books of the people of the Sunnah, such as al-Barbahāri’s book and others like it because these are books that teach us the way of the Believers, and teach us the sayings of the people of the Sunnah whom Allāh ordered us to follow and whose company he ordered us to keep. Allāh says:
“And if anyone acts in opposition to the Messenger ﷺ after he has come to recognise the true guidance and follows anything other than the path of the Believers, we will leave him to whatever he has turned to and burn him in Hell, and what an evil destination it is!”
So indeed, we do not treat the books written on the Sunnah – like Kitāb us Sunnah by Abdullāh ibn Ahmed ibn Hanbal, Sharḥ us Sunnāh by al-Barbahāri, Kitāb us Sunnah by al-Marwazi or Kitāb us Sunnah by Ibn Abī `Āṣim or books written on the Sunnah by other scholars like them – we do not treat them like the Injīl but we are enthusiastic about them and we treat them with importance because they teach us the position held by the Ahl us Sunnah wal-Jamā`ah on the important aspects of knowledge that we are under obligation to believe, learn and teach to others.
Furthermore, we ask Allāh to guide owner of this comment to the sources of good, righteousness and guidance. Some people oppose what they do not understand, so we ask Allāh to give us and give them sound beneficial knowledge and guide us and guide them to the path of righteousness.