Forming the foundation

Imam Ahmad (رحمه الله) said:

“Islam is established upon three basic ahadith:

 إِنَّمَا الأَعْمَالُ بِالنِّيَّاتِ- Verily the reward of deeds depends upon the intentions…
– reported by ‘Umar (رضي الله عنه)

 مَنْ أَحْدَثَ فِي أَمْرِنَا هَذَا مَا لَيْسَ فِيهِ فَهُوَ رَدٌّ – Whoever innovates something in this matter of ours (i.e. Islam) that is not part of it, will have it rejected
– reported by ‘Aaishah (رضي الله عنها) and

 إِنَّ الْحَلاَلَ بَيِّنٌ وَإِنَّ الْحَرَامَ بَيِّنٌ- Verily the lawful is plain (clear) and the unlawful is plain…
– reported by An-Nu’man bin Bashir (رضي الله عنه)”

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