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Who are Better, the Muhajirīn or the Ansār? | Shaykh Sālih al-Fawzān

Question:

“Should we understand that the Muhajireen are more excellent than the Ansaar, while the Ansaar are those who aided the Messenger, upon him be the prayers and peace?”

Shaykh Sālih bin Fawzān Al-Fawzān:

“Certainly, Allah preferred the Muhajireen over the Ansaar, starting with them: ‘…for the poor emigrants who were expelled from their homes and their property, seeking bounties from Allah and to please Him. And helping Allah (His Deen) and His Messenger. Such are indeed the truthful.’ [al-Hashr, Ayah 8] Then, saying regarding the Ansaar: ‘And those who, before them, had homes (in al-Madeenah) and who adopted the faith…’ [al-Hashr, Ayah 9] Hence, Allah mentions the Muhajireen before the Ansaar because the Muhajireen left their land, and their property, and their homes. They left. Obedience to Allah, Glorified and Exalted is He. As for the Ansaar (they were) in their land, in their homes, with their belongings, May Allah be pleased with them. Therefore the Muhajireen are more virtuous. ‘Allah has forgiven the Prophet, the Muhajireen, and the Ansaar…’ [at-Tawbah, Ayah 117] The Muhajireen are constantly mentioned before the Ansaar, thus they are more excellent without a doubt.”

Translated by Abu Mohamed Abdul Kareem bin Hagedorn
Source: http://www.alfawzan.af.org.sa/node/14768

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