Talq Ibn Habīb (died before 100 AH) was from the generation who followed the Companions of the Prophet (ﷺ). He stated about himself, “I was the most severe in rejecting the intercession [for the sinful Muslims on the Day of Resurrection] until I met the Companion, Jābir Ibn ‘Abdillāh (radiyallāhu ‘anhu). So I recited to Jābir every verse wherein Allāh mentioned those who will abide forever in the Hellfire.” So Jābir (radiyallāhu ‘anhu) said to him, “O Talq, do you see yourself as one more learned than me regarding the recital of the Book of Allāh or more learned than me regarding the Sunnah of Allāh’s Messenger (ﷺ)?” Talq said, “So I humbled myself in front of him and said, ‘No, by Allāh! Rather you are more learned than me regarding the recital of the Book of Allāh and more learned than me regarding the Sunnah.’” Jābir (radiyallāhu ‘anhu) then said, “Those people about whom you have recited are the polytheists. However, the Muslims who fall into sins will be punished by the Fire and then they will be taken out of it. May Allāh deafen me (and Jābir placed his hands over his ears) if I did not hear Allāh’s Messenger (ﷺ) say, ‘They will be taken out of the Fire.’ And we recite what you recite.”
(Reported by Ahmad Ibn Hanbal in Al-Musnad, 3/330 with an authentic chain of narration).
This is why it is important that every Muslim understands the Religion by way of the understanding of the Companions to prevent himself from falling into misguidance, and deviated beliefs. Sitting with the scholars just as Talq did here, corrects false understandings. When people abandon the Scholars, those who narrate to them and explain to them the sayings of the Sahabah, they are ruined and lost: a group of them go beyond bounds into extremism, and another group fall away into negligence.
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