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Description : No one on this earth be he Muslim or no n - Muslim ? dispute s the fact th a t Islam in its final form was the Message delivered to mankind by Nabi Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) more than 1425 yea r s ago. There is consensus of all people that Islam is not the product of this age or of a few decades ago or of a couple of centuries ago. When it is said that Muhammad Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) delivered to mankind the Islam which Allah Ta'ala had revealed to him it is understood thereby that he handed to the world a set of beliefs and practices? t he Aqaaid and A'maa l of Islam. He did not leave Islam as an ambiguous concept subject to the understanding and interpretations of the multitudes of people. It is only logical and a simpl e fact to understand that the beliefs and practices of the Sahaabah and the early Muslims of the Khairul Quroon (the Three noblest Ages of Islam) constitute Is-lam and that only their Beliefs and Practices are authentic and valid. Any belief or practice which conflicts with th e Aqaai d and A'maal of the Sahaabah will not be part of Islam. Thus if someone today has to claim that there are only three Fardh Sa- laat instead of the five that we know of and adhere to then the first question such a proponent will have to answer is: When d i d this belief or teaching of three Salaat develop in Islam? If he cannot prove that it originated with the Sahaabah then ob v i- ously it will be expunged as kufr and branded a figment of the shaitaan's evil whispering into the heart of the one who contended the belief or act of kufr.

Author : Mujlisul-Ulama of South Africa