Meaning of the Hadeeth: “Islaam began as a stranger (Ghareeb)…”

Question: I hope your eminence will explain the meaning of the following Hadith of Allaah’s Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him): Islaam started as a stranger (ghareeb) and it will return a stranger as it has started.

Does this Hadeeth mean that Islaam will restore its glory, supremacy and power achieved at the time of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) or the opposite?

Considering the following Hadeeth of Allaah’s Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him): The best of people are my generation (or my century), then those who come after them, then those who come after them.

The apparent meaning of the previous Hadeeth indicates that the best century is the one in which the noble Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) lived. No other generation will be as good as it was.

Yet, the first Hadeeth: “Islaam started as a stranger…” indicates through the words: “as it has started” at its end that Islaam will return as it was before during the time of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), and mutual love and affection will prevail among all Muslims once more. But the current situation of the Muslims is different from that.

Muslims fight one another and there are divisions among them. Their rulers oppress religious people. The whole society mocks religious people and fights them.

The Western countries invade Muslim countries through their destructive cultures and ideologies that do not fit Muslim societies. Many Muslim women adopt their revealing clothing styles and go out displaying their beauty and charms.

I hope you will explain this in detail. I appreciate your advice. May Allaah reward and help you.

Answer: The meaning of the Hadeeth: is that Islaam first started as a lone stranger when the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) began calling people to embrace it. They did not respond to him, except one, then another… read more here.

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