Imaam Barbahaaree rahimahullaah said:
The ancient religion is how it was from the death of the Messenger of Allah (SAWS) until the murder of ‘Uthmaan ibn ‘Affaan (RA). His murder was the start of splitting and the start of disagreements. So the Ummah fought amongst itself, split, followed greed and desires and inclined towards this world. There is no permit for anyone to do anything which has been introduced, which the Companions of Allah’s Messenger (SAWS) were not upon, nor for any man to call to anything innovated before him by people of innovation.
- 1. Whoever Follows Innovation has Rejected the Sunnah of Allaah’s Messenger – Sharh as-Sunnah | Dawud Burbank (download audio)