The Belief of Ahl as-Sunnah

Following is the belief of Ahl as-Sunnah wa al-Jama’ah as mentioned by Sadr al-Shariah Allamah Mufti Amjad al-Azami (Alayhir Rahmah) in Bahar-e-Shariat and we should always remain firm upon it. He says:
• All the companions (Radi Allahu Anhum) of the Prophet ﷺ are virtuous and just people. We should always address them with the utmost respect and dignity as to do so is Fard upon us.
• To think ill of any Sahabi is a sign of being a budmadhab and a misguided person. Such a person is deserving of the fire of hell. To think ill of a Sahabi is to harbour ill feelings against the Prophet ﷺ. Those who do this are Raafdis, even if he accepts the Khulafa-e-Raashideen and claims to be a Sunni.
• To insult Hadrat Ameer Mu’awiyah, his father Hadrat Abu Sufyaan and his mother Hadrat Hind is not acceptable. Similarly, it is disallowed to speak ill of Hadrat Amr ibn al-Aas, Hadrat Mughira, Hadrat Abu Musa Ash’ari or even Hadrat Wahshi who martyred Hadrat Sayyidush Shuhada Hadrat Ameer-e-Hamzah before he (Hadrat Wahshi) accepted Islam. It must also be noted that after accepting Islam, Hadrat Wahshi killed one of the Dajjals Musaylamah Kazzab who falsely claimed to be a Prophet. He used to sadly say that he had martyred one of the best amongst the people (before accepting Islam) and he (would happily say) that he had killed the worst amongst people.
• To disrespect anyone of these companions (Radi Allahu Anhum) is sinful and an act deserving of punishment, even though it may not be as severe as disrespecting Hadrat Abu Bakr and Hadrat Umar. To slander them and to reject their Khilafat is regarded by the learned Fuqaha (Jurists) as Kufr.
Ref: Bahar-e-Shariat, Vol. 1, Page 196

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