He is Not From Amongst Us [Laysa Minna] – Opinions of Scholars

Below we will discuss and cite the opinions of ḥādīth scholars to help us understand the broad meaning of “he is not from amongst us” [laysa minna].

Opinion of Imam Tirmidhī ؒ

Imam Tirmidhī states that, “laysa minna”, he is not from amongst us, means that he is not upon our methodology and [taught] etiquette.” [Sunan al-Tirmidhī]

Opinion of Ḥāfiẓ Ibn Ḥajar ʿAsqalānī ؒ

Ḥāfiẓ Ibn Ḥajar ʿAsqalānī explains the phrase “laysa minna” in the following words:

“Laysa minna (he is not from amongst us) means, not from our methodology or our way. It does not suggest that the one who does it is expelled from religion. The objective of addressing in this manner was to intensify condemnation over the occurrence of such things. For example, when a father rebukes his son he may say may, I have nothing to with you and you have nothing to do with me; meaning, you are not on following my way and wish. [Fath-ul-Bārī]

Ḥāfiẓ Ibn Ḥajar ʿAsqalānī has then quoted the statement of Ibn-ul-Arabī:

“He is not on our complete religion, i.e. he has left a branch from the branches of religion, while he still possesses the fundamentals of religion.” [Fatḥ-ul-Bārī]

Opinion of ʿAllāmah Nawawī ؒ

ʿAllāmah Nawawī mentions in his commentary of Ṣahīḥ Muslim:

“The meaning of [laysa minna] according to scholars is that the one who does that act is not from those who are guided to our way or not from the followers of our knowledge, actions and noble character, like a father says to his son when he does not comply to his wishes, you are not from me. This is the interpretation for all ahadith which have the phrase “laysa minna” mentioned in it. [Sharḥ Ṣahīḥ Muslim]

Opinion of Mullā ʿAlī Qārī ؒ

Mullā ʿAlī Qārī writes regarding the interpretation of “laysa minna” [he is not from amongst us]:

“Laysa minna, means that he is not from our followers, or people who abide by our methodology and religion.” [Mirqāt-ul-Mafātīḥ]

He further writes:

“The phrase [laysa minna] is often used in matters which are not of an obligatory nature, for example, Rasūlullāh ﷺ said, “He who washes his private parts after passing wind is not from us. [No filth normally comes out when passing wind. Thus, there is no need to wash one’s private parts after passing wind. Rather, the scholars have mentioned that doing so while thinking it to be necessary is a reprehensible innovation (bid`a).]” Similarly, he said, “whoever turns away from my sunnah is not from me.” This was said with regards to a person who possesses the ability of getting married but still delays, while getting married is a sunnah and not obligatory. In some instances, the phrase [lasya minna] is used to for matters of an obligatory nature, like Allāh states in the Qur’an:

“As to those who divide up their religion and become factions, you, [O Prophet] are not associated with them in anything. [Surah al-An’ām: 159]

Opinion of ʿAllāmah Abdur Raḥmān Mubārakpūrī ؒ

ʿAllāmah Mubārakpūrī has mentioned the same interpretation of “laysa minna” which Ḥāfiẓ Ibn Ḥajar ʿAsqalānī has mentioned. [Tuḥfat-ul-Aḥwaẓī]

In another place, he has defined “laysa minna” in the following words:

“[laysa minna means] he is not from those who obey my command.” [Tuḥfat-ul-Aḥwadhī]

He further quotes the meaning of “laysa minna” mentioned by MullāʿAlī Qārī:

“[Laysa minna means that] such a person is not from our path and group.” [Tuḥfat-ul-Aḥwadhī]

He has also mentioned in another place it’s [laysa minna] meaning:

“[Laysa minna means] He is not from the followers of our methodology or one who respects or gives consideration to following our commands.” [Tuḥfat-ul-Aḥwadhī]

(Adapted from “Wo Ham Mein se Nahin” by Mawlānā Muhammad Uwais Sarwar. Published by Bayt-ul-ʿUlūm)

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