Abu Ubayd al-Qaasim Ibn Salaam (may Allah have mercy upon) stated:
The one who is the follower of the Sunnah is similar to the one who holds on to the hot piece of coal. Today (in my opinion), it is more virtuous than the striking of the sword in the path of Allah.
Source: Taareekh al-Baghdaad 14/39, with a strong chain of narrators.
Explanation of the Hadeeth By Imaam Ibn Baaz (may Allah have mercy upon him):
The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “There will come a time upon my ummah in which the one holding on to his Deen is like the one holding on to a hot piece of coal from the fire.” Is this Hadeeth authentic, and if it is can you explain it for us? May Allah reward you with good.
There’s no harm with it as far as we know. There’s no harm with it. It’s a good narration. It’s meaning is that there will come upon a person something from the calamities, the test, the trails which harm him to the point where he’s like the one who is holding on to the hot piece of coal throughout the trials and tribulation. This is due to the severity of his patience upon his Deen, upon his Emaan and being established upon it to where he’s like one who holds on to the hot piece of coal tightly due to the severity of pain and hardship that befalls him in that. The time of trials and tribulations is the time of harm from the enemy. And the refuge is sought with Allah. This is a reality that has taken place. Continue reading