The book Explanation of the Creed (Kitaab Sharh us-Sunnah) by Imaaam of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah of his time, Imaam Al-Barbahaaree, is an abridged version, covering 140 of 169 Points.
The Prophet said, “He who turns away from my Sunnah is not from me.” Reported by al-Bukhaaree (Eng. trans. 7/1-2/no.l), Muslim (Eng. Trans. 2/703/n0.3236) and an-Nasaa’ee.
Abu Hurairah said that Allaah’s Messenger said, “All of my Ummah will enter Paradise except those who refuse.” It was said, “Who will refuse?” He replied. “Whoever obeys me enters Paradise and whoever disobeys me has refused.” Reported by al-Bukhaaree.
Imaam az-Zuhree (the famous taabi’ee, d.124H) said,”The people of knowledge who came before us used to say,’Salvation lies in clinging to the Sunnah.'” Reported by ad-Daarimee in his Sunan.
Imaam Maalik said,”The Sunnah is like the Ark of Noah. Whoever embarks upon it reaches salvation and whoever refuses is drowned.” Quoted by Shaikh ul-Islaam Ibn Taimiyyah in Majmoo’ ul-fataawaa.
From the Sunnah is clinging to the Jamaa’ah. Whoever desires other than the Jamaa’ah and departs from it then he has thrown off the yoke of Islaam from his neck and he is astray, leading others astray.
The foundation upon which the Jamaa’ah is built is the Companions of Muhammad May Allaah’s Mercy be upon them all. They are Ahl us-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah, so whoever does not take from them has gone astray and innovated and every innovation is misguidance, and misguidance and its People are in the Fire.