The Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“Ahead of you there lie days of patience, during which being patient will be like grasping a hot coal. The one who does good deeds then will have a reward like that of fifty men who do such deeds.”

They said: Oh Messenger of Allah, the reward of fifty of them?

He said:

“The reward of fifty of you.”

As comes in Imam As-Saaboonee’s (rahimahullaah) book ‘Aqeedatus-Salaf As‘haabul-Hadeeth, point 167, this tremendous reward is for: “one who adheres to the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), today, acting on it, being firm on it, and calling to it…”

In some reports of the hadeeth, it reads:

“They are the ones who will revive my Sunnah and teach it to the people.”

(Narrated by Aboo Daawood (4341); al-Tirmidhee (3085) and he said: it is a hasan hadeeth. It was classed as ‘saheeh’ by al-Albaani in al-Silsilah al-Saheehah [494])

Explaining the Prophet’s (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) statement: The reward of fifty of you,Shaykh ‘Ubaid al-Jaabiree (hafidhahullaah) said this is: only in reward not superiority, as relayed by student ‘Abdul-Ilah Al-Lahmami in the footnotes of Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan’s (hafidhahullaah) book “Understanding Islam, the Solution for the Trials of Life”. ‘Abdul-Ilah Al-Lahmami (hafidhahullaah) also relayed that Shaykh Muhammad al-Banna (rahimahullaah) said:

“And they are very few since those who adhere to the Sunnah fully are few in every time.”

Ibn Shihaab Az-Zuhree (rahimahullaah) said,

“Teaching a Sunnah is more superior than two hundred years of worship.”

(Usool-U-Sunnah)

Yoonus Ibn ‘Ubayd (d 139H, rahimahullaah) said,

“How amazing is the one who calls to the Sunnah today! And what is even more amazing than him is the one who answers the call to the Sunnah!”

Refer to Sharhus-Sunnah (no. 127) of Imam al-Barbahaaree.

Yoonus bin ‘Ubayd also said:

“There is not a thing more strange than the Sunnah. But what is stranger than that is the one who knows it.”

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