Hadith on Caution: Warning Against Imitating Misguided Practices

📖Jami` at-Tirmidhi 2180
Abu Waqid Al-Laithi narrated that when the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w) went out to Hunain he passed a tree that the idolaters called Dhat Anwat upon which they hung their weapons. They(the Companions) said: “O Messenger of Allah! Make a Dhat Anwat for us as they have a Dhat Anwat.’ The Prophet (s.a.w) said: “Subhan Allah! This is like what Musa’s people said: Make for us a god like their gods. By the One in Whose is my soul! You shall follow the way of those who were before you.”

  • This hadith is not implying that Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) was promoting or encouraging the imitation of Jewish or Christian practices. Rather, it was a warning against following the misguided ways of those who came before us. The Prophet (s.a.w) knew that people would be tempted to follow the ways of those who had gone astray, and he was cautioning his followers against such actions. The Prophet’s (s.a.w) knowledge of future events was a result of Allah’s divine revelation to him. Allah had granted him knowledge and wisdom to guide his followers on the right path and to warn them against deviating from it. This hadith serves as a reminder that the Prophet (s.a.w) had a unique relationship with Allah, and that his knowledge and guidance came directly from Him. As Muslims, we should understand that the guidance of the Prophet (s.a.w) is the best way to live our lives. We should strive to follow his example and teachings, and avoid imitating the actions of those who have gone astray. This hadith reminds us to be conscious of our actions and to seek guidance from Allah in all that we do.