Q: Someone says that the Ashaaira were never found in the time of Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and also in the time of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu anhum). He says that they are only recent and its not good to follow them. What is a good answer to to give him?
This is what he is saying: Among the ulama in the time of our Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), there were no Ashaaira. Most Muslims know that Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) is of the highest level in all aspects. He says that the ulama believe that Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) is of the highest in all aspects of Islam. Who knows about Allah more? Till the big ulama like the 4 imams, there was no one who was part of the Ashaaira. Why were they are not Asharis? This Ashari thought is a bidah. No Sahaabah or Tabieen had even an iota of belief as an Ashari.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)