Following The Truth Even If The Followers Are Few

Shaykh ‘Abdullāh Ibn ‘Abdur-Rahman Aba Batīn, may Allāh have mercy upon him, said:

And a person, if the truth becomes clear to him, should not be discouraged by the fewness of those who agree with him in that, and the great number of those who oppose him — especially in these latter times.

And as for the statement of the ignoramus: ‘If this is indeed true, then it would not have been hidden from so and so!’ This is the very claim of the disbelievers, as in their statement:

لو كان خيرا ما سبقونا إليه

“If it had truly been good, they would not have preceded us to it!” (al-Ahqāf: 11)

And in their statement:

أهؤلاء من الله عليهم من بيننا

“Is it these whom Allah has favored from amongst us?” (al-‘Anaam: 53)

Indeed A’lī Ibn Abī Tālib, may Allah be pleased with him, said, ‘Know the truth, and you will know its people.’ But as for the one who is in confusion and lacks clarity, then every doubt affects him. Indeed, if it had been that the majority of the people today were upon the truth, then Islam would not have been considered strange. But, by Allāh, today it is from the strangest of affairs.

Source: ad-Durar as-Sannīyyah, vol. 10, p. 400

Translated by: Abu Yusuf Khaleefah
27th of Shawwaal, 1435 (22nd of August, 2014)
Masjid Nur Allah, LeFrak City, Corona, NYC

Original Arabic

:قال الشيخ عبد الله بن عبد الرحمن أبا بطين

.والإنسان إذا تبين له الحق، لم يستوحش من قلة الموافقين، وكثرة المخالفين، لا سيما في آخر هذا الزمان

وقول الجاهل: لو كان هذا حقا ما خفي على فلان وفلان، هذه دعوى الكفار، في قولهم: {لَوْ كَانَ خَيْراً مَا سَبَقُونَا إِلَيْهِ}، {أَهَؤُلاءِ مَنَّ اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِمْ مِنْ بَيْنِنَا} ؛ وقد قال علي رضي الله عنه:”اعرف الحق تعرف أهله”. وأما الذي في حيرة ولبس، فكل شهبة تروج عليه؛ فلو كان أكثر الناس اليوم على الحق، لم يكن الإسلام غريبا، وهو والله اليوم في غاية الغربة

الدرر السنية في الأجوبة النجدية، م. ١٠، ص. ٤٠٠